What Type Of Laser Hair Removal Technology Is Right For You?

There are several types of professional hair removal technology commonly used at clinics now that are Lasers (Alexandrite, Diode, Nd:YAG, Ruby), Electro-optical Synergy (Syneron ELOS) and IPL. However what type is right for you? Refer to the following information find a suitable system to you.

Skin Type Hair Color Right Machines Conclusion
Type I
Fitzpatrick Skin Type I
Black
Brown
Alexandrite Laser
Diode Laser
Ruby Laser
IPL

Alexandrite is the most popularly known of laser hair removal. It is most effective, comfortable, fastest for Skin Types I-II and larger body parts. Alexandrite has a good effectiveness especially thinner, finer hairs which other lasers cannot touch. However, it is not recommend to use in any Skin Types III-VI. It worth noting that, the alexandrite laser frequently produces pigmentary changes.

IPL have the same effectiveness as laser but need more sessions. It is not recommend to Skin Types III-VI because IPL is more prone to cause burns for darker skin than lasers.

Ruby is not as effective as the Alexandrite. However, patients would have experience less pain than Alexandrite. Unless you are very afraid of pain, otherwise it is not recommended.

Red
Blonde
Grey
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic
Type II
Fitzpatrick Skin Type II
Black
Brown
Alexandrite Laser
Diode Laser
IPL
Red
Blonde
Grey
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic
Type III
Fitzpatrick Skin Type III
Black
Brown
Diode Laser Syneron ELOS can provide long term hair reduction for all hair types and Skin Types I-V. RF of ELOS is colour blind so it target the germinative part of the hair follicle rather than the melanin found in the hair shaft, or hair bulb. Some clinical report that nearly only 60% of light hair was removed after 8-9 treatments.

However, patient will experience more pain than other laser treatment. The head of ELOS machine has two metal bars that can leave minor burns if technicians don't make complete contact with the skin each time they fire the pulse.

Diode is the most common laser device, it is very effective for hair reduction in Skin Types I-IV. But it is not absolutely clear how enduring a result patience will achieve with these kinds of system.
Red
Blonde
Grey
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic
Type IV
Fitzpatrick Skin Type IV
Black
Brown
Diode Laser
Red
Blonde
Grey
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic
Type V
Fitzpatrick Skin Type V
Black
Brown
Red
Blonde
Grey
Nd:YAG Laser
Syneron ELOS
Ultrasonic

Nd:YAG works well on all types of skin, even on darker skin. So it is the most commonly used device for Skin Types V-VI. But still ideal results have not been obtained with fine, light or white hair. Patients have reported that it is painful but promises longer hair removal solution.

Seen as a breakthrough technology, the Ultrasonic can be used on all skin and hair type. Unlike hair reduction by lasers, the ultrasonic is not target at the melanin in the hair shaft, hair bulb or epidermis. The Ultrasonic Device - Applisonix has CE approval in 2009. It has applied to the USA FDA In April 2010. However, FDA has not given the results.
Type VI
Fitzpatrick Skin Type VI
Black
Brown
Red
Blonde
Grey
Nd:YAG Laser
Ultrasonic
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