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Washington, D.C. Plastic Surgeon Explains: Top 5 Laser Treatments for African Americans

Laser treatments can be found at medical spas across the country, offering incredible rejuvenation benefits while helping patients address issues like scarring, sun damage, stretch marks and unwanted body hair. Unfortunately, laser treatments are often less effective on darker skin tones. This means that African Americans have to resort to other treatment techniques or undergo significantly more treatment sessions. At Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of laser treatments that are proven to be effective on all skin types – and some that are even designed for those with darker skin.Top 5 Laser Treatments for African Americans, Dr. Banks, Beaux Art Institute of Plastic Surgery, Washington DC, Plastic Surgery, Medspa



  • Laser Hair Removal with the Cynosure 1064nm Nd:YAG


Laser hair removal is one of the most popular laser treatments, helping patients achieve a long-term reduction in unwanted body hair. We carry the Cynosure Elite MPX laser system, which allows us to perform effective hair removal treatments for patients with both light and dark skin. The 1064nm Nd:YAG laser provides a safe and effective laser hair removal experience for African Americans with dark or tanned skin.


  • Stretch Mark Removal with the Palomar Icon


The Palomar Icon system offers the Lux1540 non-ablative laser, the only FDA-approved laser for stretch marks. With this laser, we can provide a stretch mark removal treatment that is safe and effective for all skin types – even those with darker skin. Patients can expect clearer, smoother skin in just a few treatment sessions.


  • Laser Spider Vein Treatment


Laser spider vein treatment is a non-invasive solution for eliminating the appearance of spider veins. This treatment can produce clearer, smoother skin while reducing the discomfort that is often caused by the bulging veins.


  • Laser Scar Revision


Laser scar revision is similar to stretch mark removal treatments. Using laser energy, we are able to remove dark, rough scar tissue and produce a smoother and less noticeable scar. This technique is effective on both lighter and darker types of scars.


  • Laser Genesis™


One of our most popular rejuvenation treatments is the Laser Genesis™ treatment. The Laser Genesis™ treatment uses the same laser that we use for laser hair removal on darker skin types: the 1064nm Nd:YAG. This treatment provides numerous benefits for all ages and skin types. It can treat acne, increase collagen, reduce lines and wrinkles, and more.

If you have dark skin and are looking for a safe and effective laser treatment, contact us today at Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery. With the help of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks, we can help you find a laser treatment that will fulfill your treatment goals.