Everyone has a Fitzpatrick. No, it’s not a relative; it’s the color of your skin as defined by the Fitzpatrick scale. Developed in 1975 by Dr. Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, the Fitzpatrick scale is important because it helps determine your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It also provides valuable information for laser hair removal NJ specialists.

The Fitzpatrick scale replaced the Felix Von Luschan chromatic scale developed in the early part of the 20th century which—let’s face it—sounded like something a marching band would warm up to before playing a German march.

The Fitzpatrick scale has six levels, ranging from one; light and very prone to burning to six; very dark, never burning.

The reason the Fitzpatrick scale is important to laser hair removal NJ doctors is because it helps them choose the laser that is in the correct spectrum for your particular skin and hair color. People with lighter skin who have darker hair are the easiest to treat, while people with dark skin and dark hair are harder to treat and require special laser wavelengths that will give them great results without damaging their skin. The good news is we have all the laser hair removal wavelengths and can treat a wide vairenty of skin and hair types with excellent results.

If you want to know your own place on the Fitzpatrick scale, you can take a simple quiz. However, to determine how effective laser hair removal NJ will be for you, you’ll need to consult with one of the doctors here at Reflections.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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