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Fitzpatrick Skin Typing Scale and its use in Laser Hair Removal Treatments

In the medical aesthetics community, the Fitzpatrick Skin Typing Scale is widely regarded as the prevailing method in categorizing skin tones, and the reactions these different skin tones have in accordance to UV light. The scale was developed by T.B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate dermatologist. He divided skin tones into 6 different types, 1-6. Here at European Aesthetic Laser Center in New York City, our caring aesthetic professionals are able choose which laser technique best suits a specific client and their needs based on their special skin tone number.

The Fitzpatrick Skin Typing Scale: Skin Color Reaction to Sun and UV Light

  • 1 Very White or Freckled: Always Burns/Never Tans
  • 2 White: Usually Burns/Sometimes Tans
  • 3 White to Olive: Sometimes Burns/Always Tans
  • 4 Brown: Rarely Burns
  • 5 Dark Brown: Very Rarely Burns/Moderately Pigmented
  • 6 Black: Highly Pigmented

People in categories 4-6 are at the highest risk of injury when laser hair removal treatments are performed, thus proving the importance of choosing a business with certified professionals like those employed at European Aesthetic Laser Center. Failing to do so could result in serious damage to your skin, such as scarring, burning, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

At European Aesthetic Laser Center, our highly trained and experienced laser hair removal professionals know that in order to provide the safest treatments for our customers. We take pride in understanding the various skin tones and the conditions that tend to affect skin color.

If we consider tanning; a tan causes the skin to have a darker appearance, but below the surface, tanned skin reacts completely differently from naturally dark skin. In some cases an individual with light colored skin, but due to their ethnic background and genetics, they may actually require treatments for darker colored skin.

If you are ready to be done with hair that keeps coming back even after the use of other popular methods like shaving, waxing, electrolysis and depilatory creams, make your life easier, treat yourself and call us today to set up an appointment with one of our estheticians at European Aesthetic Laser Center.


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