Which Laser Machine is Best for Hair Removal?

September 3, 2010 in Hair Removal 101,Laser hair removal

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There are many different laser hair removal machines available today, and many would like to know which laser type is simply the best. Though the answer to this question will depend on your specific skin and hair type, there are certainly a few favorites among today’s laser hair removal practitioners.

The Lumenis LightSheer, which is a diode laser, is considered “the gold standard” by many practitioners, and has excellent results with many different skin types. This top-of-the-line laser hair removal machine is FDA-approved and its improved technology requires fewer procedures, and gives some of the best results that are possible today. This laser is so highly regarded that many practitioners doesn’t mind using it on themselves or on family members.

The LightSheer Diode Laser System offers powerful technology as well as both short and long pulses to safely and effectively treat all skin types, including tanned skin. The LightSheer Duet laser is an updated version of the regular LightSheer Diode laser. The LightSheer Duet is a huge progression for laser hair removal: it is much faster and the comfort level is significantly better, it has vacuum-assist technology and an increased spot size. The LightSheer duet can treat backs and legs comfortably in only 15 minutes, without anesthetics and gels. The treatment time is reduced by up to 75%. The LightSheer family of diode laser systems represents some of the best lasers that are available today.

The Alexandrite laser is another excellent laser type favored by many laser hair removal practitioners. The Alexandrite Laser comes under brand names such as the Candela GentleLase and the Cynosure Apogee. With its larger spot size and higher repetition rate, the Alexandrite laser is one of the fastest hair removal lasers available, and is suitable for rapid treatment of large body areas. Some practitioners believe that the absorption of light by melanin, the pigment found in hair, is closest to the wavelength of the Alexandrite laser and that it is by far the best laser for people with fair skin.

The Nd: YAG laser is another popular hair removal laser, especially for treatment of dark and tanned skin. The long pulsed Nd:YAG laser, such as the cynosure elite and the candela GentleYAG is best for darker skin types. The Cutera CoolGlide or the Sciton ProFractional are two other popular brands of this laser type. The Nd: YAG lasers have a long history of safety and effectiveness on all skin types, and can treat different types of hair as well.

While there is no laser that works for every skin and hair type, it is safe to state that the Diode lasers, followed by the Alexandrite and Nd: YAG lasers are the best and most popular lasers for hair removal available today.

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