Dark Skin Laser Treatments at a Glance

Best Results 8-10
Duration of Results 12 months
Treatment Recovery 3-5 days
Risks & Complications Medium
Anaesthetic None
Procedure Time 20 - 60 mins
Skin Specialist Therapist / Doctor
Back To Work Depends on treatment

Skin Renewal Tip

At Skin Renewal, with combination treatments every 4-6 weeks, in 6-12 months we can take almost any skin to the next level, looking radiant, luminous, smooth and tight.

It is important when considering laser and light based therapies for dark skin patients that not all treatments are appropriate or safe for the treatment of skin types 4, 5 & 6. Some light and laser therapies are in fact extremely risky and can cause disastrous effects if performed on skins with a lot of pigment.

At Skin Renewal we treat our Skin Type 4, 5 & 6 patients with the utmost care, ensuring that only devices which are safe and effective on dark skins are used. These treatments are performed by highly trained professionals who have had a wealth of experience in using these devices.

At Skin Renewal we have come up with customized solutions,  combining excellent, effective treatments in affordable skin treatment solutions. As best results are seen after 4 to 6 treatments, every patient is provided with a fully customised solution with follow-up maintenance which is tailored according to each patient’s age, skin type, skin condition, relevant skin problem, budget and expectations.

The effects of each treatment is accumulative meaning that the results of each previous treatment is improved with each additional treatment and the best results come down the line when new collagen that is stimulated remodels and a further lifting & tightening effect is noticed.


The Laser and Light Based Treatments that are safest and most effective on dark skin types include:


Frequently Asked Questions

People of colour are a very large group, which in South Africa includes people of African and Asian descent. It also includes patients of mixed backgrounds who have more darkly pigmented skin.

Yes, these treatments are available in Johannesburg at FourwaysParkhurstMorningside, BedfordviewWest Rand, Waterfall and Illovo as well as in Pretoria at Brooklyn and Irene and in the Western Cape at Cape QuarterClaremontConstantiaStellenboschWillowbridgePaarl, and in KwaZulu-Natal at BallitoDurban & Umhlanga.

Darker skin type people represent a significant and growing group of patients seeking aesthetic procedures. This is because of the increased awareness of safe, affordable aesthetic procedures. These procedures include amazing new lasers such as the Cutera Titan, Contact Yag (with ND:Yag Laser), ND:Yag Skin Tightening and Laser Genesis procedures that are colour blind and are less invasive than previous generations of lasers. Yet special concerns have to be addressed when treating skin of colour and not just any kind of laser can be used.

One of the concerns in people of colour with regard to laser treatments is scarring and post treatment hyperpigmentation which can occur if the incorrect laser/light treatment is given. Intense Pulsed Light or IPL, a light treatment available at many beauty salons, is great for skin rejuvenation in lighter skin tones but is not indicated for darker skin tones as there is a high risk of burns, PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and scarring.

Skin rejuvenation with lasers on people of colour should be able to address most of the concerns such as pigmentation, acne scars, sagging, fine lines, wrinkles, dilated pores, rough texture and dull complexion.

Traditional skin rejuvenation treatments such as peels, microdermabrasion and bleaching agents are not successful for pigment such as melasma and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation PIH that has leached into the dermis. That is when the use of certain lasers such as the long pulsed Nd Yag or Laser Genesis procedure become effective to safely treat darker skin including skin type 6. The Laser Genesis procedure by Cutera gently heats up the dermis, causing cavitation bubbles, which disrupt the unwanted dermal pigment, breaking it into smaller particles which are able to move upward to the epidermis where it can be easily removed with exfoliation.

The Laser Genesis procedure also safely treats acne scarring, pores, fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. As with most non ablative procedures, 8 to 10 treatments at monthly intervals are necessary to see an improvement.

·      Our innovative new treatment settings for the Laser Genesis procedure has dramatically improved our results for more difficult to treat skin problems such as skin laxity and stretch marks .

·      For keloids scars, especially red keloids scars, we have great success with our Laser Genesis procedure which shrinks the scar and the redness associated with it.

·      Laser genesis also improves the appearance of stretch marks especially if combined with Carboxytherapy and/or Dermapen

·      At a different setting, the Nd Yag laser can safely be used for laser hair removal.

At a different setting, the Nd Yag can safely be used for laser hair removal in all skin types.

In 2005, 2006 and 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Cutera Nd:YAG for the most diverse hair removal laser for all skin types, and for the non-ablative laser for collagen remodeling. In addition, Cutera Nd:YAG was also nominated for the best hair removal laser for dark skin types. See Laser Hair Removal

For sagging skin and for collagen stimulation, infra red light treatments such as Titan and radiofrequency treatments such as Exillis Elite, Endymed Minishaper, RF Needling with Secret RF or Endymed Intensif, ND:Yag Skin Tightening and Monopolar RF, safely heat up the dermis in all skin types to cause an immediate tightening effect and collagen stimulation down the line.

The laser/light treatments mentioned above offer exceptional skin rejuvenation, hair removal and skin tightening results with minimal discomfort and downtime for all skin types. At Skin Renewal, hundreds of laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation procedures have been safely performed in all skin types.

People of colour who are looking at skin rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, pigmentation, scarring or acne treatments with lasers or lights would be well advised to consult with a medical doctor with experience in treating skin of colour to prevent unwanted effects such as full thickness burns, permanent scarring and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

With Laser Genesis you can expect to see subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as swelling, redness or excessive skin irritation as one sees with more aggressive laser treatments such as the newer fractionated treatments. Treatments can be performed in a relaxed, comfortable manner without the use of topical anaesthetic. 4 to 6 treatments are needed for most of the treatments mentioned above. See Laser Genesis procedure.

  • Dermapen
  • Endymed RF Needling / Secret RF Needling
  • Carboxytherapy
  • Endymed FSR
  • PRP
  • Laser Genesis
  • Subcision
  • Injectable Mesotherapy
  • Fraxel DUAL Laser
  • Endymed Contour
  • Exilis Elite
  • Titania
  • Lavatron
  • Ceccarelli Injections with the Doctor
  • Carboxytherapy for Fat & Cellulite
  • Cryo Fat Freezing
  • Cosmelan
  • Laser Genesis
  • Azelaic Peels
  • SAMA Peels
  • TA Mesotherapy Injections
  • Beta Peels
  • SAMA Peels
  • Laser Genesis
  • Contact Yag
  • Carboxytherapy
  • Dermapen
  • RF Needling with Endymed Intensif or Secret RF
  • Endymed FSR
  • Fraxel DUAL Laser

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*Please note results may vary by individuals.
Review -Fantastic Service
Reviewed on 8 June 2022 by Kopani Mosidi

I have had such an incredible experience with Skin Renewal since I started my journey. I have seen a lot of improvement on my skin. It takes time but the investment pays off. Dr Lawn - is the sweetest and most understanding doctor and Bianca, my therapist, just fantastic service from you and you are just a breath of fresh air.

Review -Exceptional Customer Service
Reviewed on 7 June 2022 by Constatia Maloka

I had such a great experience with Noma you are so lovely, you created such a beautiful atmosphere. Truly exceptional customer service and my skin was actually amazing afterwards. The shoulder massage was the cherry on top. Great hands. Thank you so much Noma. You will most definitely be seeing me again soon.

Review -Noma is a gem!
Reviewed on 30 May 2022 by Azola Nofemela

I look forward to getting my treatments every month! It’s always such a treat! Noma is absolutely a gem and very friendly. She takes the time to explain everything she does and recommends the best products for my benefit. The branch is lovely and always immaculate. I love having my monthly treatments here! 

Review -Great Service from the Whole Team
Reviewed on 11 May 2022 by Sithandiwe Ramokolo

I'm so grateful I got to know about you. My skin is feeling looking amazing. And your products works perfectly for my skin. Thank you so much Marisa for your great service. Actually the whole team.

Review -Improvement in Acne
Reviewed on 20 April 2022 by Zamantungwa Zwane

Received excellent treatment from Skin Renewal Bedfordview. Went in to treat acne and I could see improvement on my skin after 1st treatment, I love their products as well.

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