Is Intense Pulse Light Therapy effective in people of color?

I've heard that IPL works by treating dark veins contrasting against lighter skin. Is this true? Does this make the treatment less effective in people with darker skin tones?

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Replied on 1/30/2010

By: Bella MD Laser Vein and Aesthetic Center  |  David A. Engleman MD, FACC
Dallas, TX

Yes the darker the skin the less the contrast.

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