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DIFFERENT SYSTEMS FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL: PROS & CONS OF EACH

In part I of this series on the different hair removal lasers, you learned about the 5 most commonly used laser systems for laser hair removal. In part II we will discuss the different specs, the ideal candidates, and the pros and cons of each system. With this knowledge, you will know which system will give you the best laser hair removal in Dallas for your investment.

<< Read Part I here

To help you better understand the differences between the various laser systems; check out this article on how laser hair removal works.

Alexandrite Hair Removal Laser

The Alexandrite is the most common type of laser system used in laser hair removal. It disables regrowth by targeting the melanin found in hair follicles using a 755nm wavelength.

Alexandrite Laser Systems:

  • Candela
  • Cynosure Apogee
  • GentleLase
  • EpiTouch Plus

Alexandrite Advantages:

  • Fastest laser system = shortest treatment time
  • Effective on wider range of skin types
  • More effective on thinner hair than other systems
  • Ideal for large treatment areas
  • Can be used on albino skin or very light skin with freckles
  • Ideal candidates enjoy permanent hair reduction
  • Any regrowth is lighter, thinner, and sparser

Alexandrite Disadvantages:

  • More discomfort than other laser systems
  • May result in skin discoloration if used on darker skin types

Ideal for: While the Alexandrite laser can be used on light to olive skin tones, it is most effective on lighter skin tones. Ideal for treating large areas, quickly.

Diode Hair Removal Laser

The Diode laser is fairly new technology in the realm of cosmetic lasers. Diode laser systems group diodes or semiconductors together to form a single laser with a wavelength around 800nm, one of the longer wavelengths of the various laser systems.

Diode Laser Systems:

  • LightSheer
  • MeDioStar
  • SopranoXL
  • F1 Diode
  • Epistar
  • Apex
  • LaserLite,

Diode Advantages:

  • Newer laser technology
  • Longer wavelength decreases risk of harming skin
  • Fast repetition means faster treatment times
  • Adjustable wavelengths on many diode devices
  • Fast recovery times
  • Minimal side effects when performed by experienced provider of Laser Hair Removal in Dallas
  • Effective on thick or coarse hair

Diode Disadvantages:

  • Fast repetitions mean more patient discomfort
  • Because diode technology is newer there is less research on long term results
  • Risk severe side effects if not performed by experienced provider of laser hair removal in Dallas

Ideal for: Individuals with fair to olive skin tones. Fast treatments make the Diode laser ideal for covering larger treatment areas. Its ability to treat thick, coarse hair makes it a popular choice of laser hair removal for men because of its effectiveness on back and chest hair.

Nd:YAG Hair Removal Laser

Nd:YAG lasers are the latest innovation in laser hair removal. Instead of targeting the melanin found in the hair’s follicle, the Nd:YAG’s wavelength of 1064nm is absorbed by carbon in the hair’s follicle, which is applied in lotion form to the patient’s skin prior to the laser treatment.

Nd:YAG Laser Systems:

  • Cutera
  • Candela
  • Cynosure Elite
  • CoolGlide
  • Lyra
  • Sciton

Nd:YAG Advantages:

  • New technology avoids targeting melanin found in the skin
  • Fewer pulses needed, decreasing treatment duration and discomfort
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Longer wavelength means deeper penetration of the hair shaft
  • Treat large areas
  • Longer delay in hair regrowth compared to other systems
  • Better results than IPL laser hair removal

Nd:YAG Disadvantages:

  • More discomfort than other laser systems
  • Less effective on fine hair
  • May require more sessions than other laser systems

Ideal for: Individuals with all skin tones, including dark or tan skin types. Optimal for Laser hair removal on the back or the legs.

Learn more about Laser Hair Removal from Santé Medical Aesthetics using the advanced Candela Nd:YAG laser system.

Ruby Hair Removal Lasers

Ruby lasers were the first type of hair removal lasers developed. They operate using the shortest wavelength of all the systems at 694nm. They are distinguished for their slow pulse repetition, pausing 2 seconds in between each blast of energy.

Rub Laser Systems:

  • RubyStar
  • EpiPulse Ruby
  • Palomar E2000

Ruby Advantages:

  • Slower energy pulses protect skin and decrease discomfort
  • Long term results demonstrated in several scientific studies
  • Ideal candidates enjoy permanent hair reduction
  • Any regrowth is lighter, thinner, and sparser

Ruby Disadvantages:

  • The oldest technology of the laser systems, meaning most Ruby systems are older machines.
  • Cannot be used on darker skin tones
  • Limited to smaller treatment areas
  • Not effective on light, white, or grey hair
  • Slower treatment duration

Ideal for: Treating fine, light hair on individuals with light skin tones.

IPL Hair Removal Lasers

IPL hair removal systems operate on the same principle of photothermolysis as the other systems, but use Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) as its source of thermal energy instead of an actual laser. IPL systems are customizable, allowing the parameters to be adjusted for each patient.

IPL Hair Removal systems

  • Aculight
  • Quantum
  • PhotoDerm
  • Epilight
  • Vasculight

IPL Advantages

  • Customizable treatment parameters
  • Treat large areas
  • Quick treatment times

IPL Disadvantages

  • Not as effective as other hair removal lasers
  • Cannot treat skin with a lot of sun exposure
  • Not effective on all skin and hair types like the Nd:YAG
  • Less effective on blond, grey, white or red hair

Ideal for: While IPL hair removal lasers work on most skin types and hair types, it is most effective on patients with dark hair and light skin tones. Ideal for treating larger areas quickly.

Finding the Best Laser Hair Removal Near Me?

The best way to discover which hair removal laser is right for you is to consult the experts at Santé Medical Aesthetics. As a leading skin and laser spa located in Southlake, TX, Santé is the premier Dallas /Fort Worth provider of laser hair removal. Schedule a complimentary laser hair removal consultation by calling Santé today or signing up online.

<< Read Part I here

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