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Laser Hair Removal Systems

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There is an abundance of options for laser hair removal systems, including IPL, the Nd:YAG laser, and the Diode laser hair removal machines. Some lasers are better than others for hair removal in specific areas, and there are some subtle differences between systems.

IPL Hair Removal

IPL laser hair removal is a very popular method of hair removal. An IPL laser uses "intense pulsed light" to gently and safely remove hair on the face, legs, back, and bikini/pubic areas. The pulses of light focus their heat on the hair follicles, destroying them without burning or damaging the skin. IPL laser hair removal is quick and veritably painless. Side effects are few, but may include redness or swelling of the treated area; this should disappear rapidly.

Good candidates for IPL laser hair removal will have lighter skin and darker hair, since IPL targets pigment in the hair follicles. Many people have experienced permanent hair removal with this method; if hair does grow back, it is often sparse and finer in texture.

Nd:YAG Laser

Nd:YAG laser hair removal is the newest form of laser hair removal. " Nd" stands for Neodymium, and " YAG" stands for yttrium aluminum garnet. These lasers are often used for tattoo removal as well as hyperpigmentation, but can also be used for hair removal.

A carbon lotion is applied to the skin in order to penetrate the hair follicles that will be treated; the follicles absorb the Nd:YAG laser wavelengths. The Nd:YAG laser can be used for effective hair removal by all types of patients, including those who have tanned skin. Large areas of the body can be treated quickly with this type of laser. There may be slightly more discomfort with the Nd:YAG laser than with other laser hair removal machines.

Diode Laser

The Diode laser hair removal system involves a beam of concentrated light and heat that is directed into the hair follicles, and therefore to the melanin contained in them. The pigment absorbs the laser energy and is destroyed, inhibiting hair growth in the affected hair follicles. The laser energy is directed at these follicles while simultaneously protecting the surrounding skin from harm.

The Diode laser method of hair removal may involve several treatments. Each session with the laser is fast, and there is little to no down time. Side effects from Diode laser hair removal are minimal, but there may be redness on the treated area. This redness should disappear within two days.

Ruby Laser

Of all laser hair removal systems, the Ruby laser is the original and first system. Melanin in the skin absorbs the Ruby laser very effectively, and this laser - in comparison to other lasers - is a good choice for lighter or finer hair. The Ruby laser should not be used for hair removal on darker or tanned skin.

The Ruby laser has been used and tested widely. It causes direct, selective damage to follicles while preserving the integrity of skin. The delay between pulses with the Ruby laser is designed to provide more comfort for the patient; the faster the laser pulse, the more discomfort for the patient. So the two-second pause between pulses makes for a far more comfortable treatment. The Ruby laser, when operated correctly, is safe, effective, and relatively pain-free.

Alexandrite Laser

The Alexandrite laser hair removal machines are the fastest lasers for hair removal. This laser is appropriate for quick treatment on parts of the body with large surface areas, and is most effective on patients with lighter to olive-colored skin. The Alexandrite laser is one of the most frequently-used lasers for hair removal.

Melanin in the hair follicles absorbs the Alexandrite laser light very well and selectively. The pulses of the laser are rapid, which may mean more discomfort for the patient. The tradeoff, here, is faster treatment: a patient's back, for instance, can be completely treated in 30 minutes or less. This laser hair removal system often delivers permanent results. When and if hair does grow back, the Alexandrite laser reduces the number, thickness, and darkness of the treated hair.

DocShop's Online Directory Can Connect You with a Hair Removal Specialist

If you are interested in IPL, Diode, Nd:YAG, or other laser hair removal machines/systems, DocShop can put you in contact with a local laser hair removal specialist. Locate a cosmetic dermatologist in your state today by using DocShop's online directory.

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