Question: Is laser skin resurfacing safe for dark skin?
Answer: Yes and no. Some very weak lasers are ok with darker skin (Fitzpatrick 4,5 or 6). However more aggressive lasers such as the CO2 laser are not. As long as the laser penetrates in such a way to be either very superficial or very deep and avoid the melanocyte cells that produce pigment then its OK. Otherwise, the melanocytes can get damaged and skin pigmentation changes will occur when darker skinned patients are lasered or chemical peeled aggressively. It just depends on the type of laser. 1064 YAG laser for hair removal is commonly used in African American and Middle Eastern and Indian patients.