Which is the best type of laser to use for Laser Hair Removal?
Alexandrite, Ruby, Diode, and Yag all seem to be used, but is one of them better than the others?
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Replied on 6/23/2010
By: Laser Lipo and Vein Center | Thomas Wright M.D. F.A.C.P.
Let me answer your question this way. The best technology to use for hair removal depends on the skin type. For example, Alexandrite, and Diode, and IPL should only be used on skin types 1-3. The yag laser can be used on all skin types which makes it the most popular and safest modality for hair removal.
Replied on 2/17/2010
By: Celibre Medical Corporation | Laser Dermatology & Injections
We have found that there are three very viable lasers for permanent hair removal - the Diode, the Alexandrite and the Yag (Nd:Yg). In our practice we use the Lumenis Lightsheer (Diode) for skin types I - IV, this is Caucasian through olive skin types. Included in this group are Middle Easterners, East Asians, Asians and Hispanics. So for all of these skin types and lighter we use the most common laser hair removal
device in the world - the Lumenis Lightsheer.
For skin types darker which is primarily African American, we use the Nd:Yg laser (our brand is the Sciton Profile). The alexandrite is generally better on very light skinned patients (not used often for darker skin because of safety issues) and the Ruby laser is not common enough to even find. Stay away from IPL machines as they are not lasers
and will not lead to permanent hair removal.
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