In its simplest forms, the goal of laser hair removal is to selectively heat a target (hair) to the point of destruction without damaging the surrounding tissue (skin). Beam is able to achieve optimum results for our clients by carefully considering three important parameters:
1. The client’s skin type.
2. The wavelength of the laser used.
3. The strength of the laser treatment.
The first critical parameter of laser hair removal is deciding the client’s skin type, and therefore the wavelength and the strength of the laser treatment to be used.
The Fitzpatrick Phototype is a skin tone scale developed by Harvard physician Thomas Fitzpatrick, M.D.
The scale is based on the amount of melanin (skin pigment) on the client’s skin and is used to calculate the potential of sunlight burning of an individual.
The skin types are classified as I through VI or from very fair skin to very pigmented skin.
Skin Type I: Extremely fair skin, always burns, never tans
Skin Type II: Fair skin, always burns, sometimes tans
Skin Type III: Medium skin, sometimes burns, always tans, medium skin, brown hair, brown eyes.
Skin Type IV: Olive skin, rarely burns, always tans (Andréa is a Type IV)
Skin Type V: Moderately pigmented dark skin, never burns, always tans
Skin Type VI: Markedly pigmented very dark skin, never burns, always tans