hair removal lasers


When it comes to laser hair removal machines, there are many options. The five most common types of hair removal laser systems include the Ruby, Alexandrite, IPL, Diode, and Nd:YAG. Each laser system is different from the other. Some lasers are better for certain types of hair. Some lasers are safer for individuals with darker skin tones. And some laser systems perform better on specific areas of the body than other lasers. In this 2 part series on the different hair removal lasers, you will learn about the five top lasers for permanent hair reduction and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each system so you can choose the best laser hair removal in NYC for you.

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Ruby Hair Removal Laser

The Ruby hair removal laser was the first system developed for permanent hair reduction. This system uses a shorter wavelength of 694nm that targets melanin. This makes the ruby laser ideal for removing hair that is light and thin. On the flip side, the Ruby laser system is not recommended for individuals with darker skin tones. The Ruby laser system has a long pause between laser pulses to decrease discomfort. While less painful, the slower repetition means laser treatments require more time than other hair removal laser systems. As a result, the Ruby laser is ideal for smaller treatment areas.

Popular Ruby Laser Systems

  • RubyStar
  • Palomar E2000
  • EpiPulse Ruby

Alexandrite Hair Removal Lasers

The Alexandrite laser is the most popular system for laser hair removal. It is also the fastest laser system available. For example, the Alexandrite laser can cover a large treatment area, such as the back in as little as 30 minutes. The downside of the fast laser repetition is pain. The Alexandrite laser is one of the least comfortable laser hair removal systems. Although newer machines have built in cooling devices to improve patient experience. The Alexandrite laser operates at a shorter wavelength of 755nm, making it ideal for targeting melanin in the hair follicles of individuals with light to olive skin tones.

Popular Alexandrite Laser Systems

  • Candela
  • Cynosure Apogee
  • GentleLase
  • EpiTouch Plus

Diode Hair Removal Lasers

Diode machines are relatively new to the laser hair removal market. Their energy source consists of semiconductors, known as diodes, grouped together to create a laser beam with a wavelength of 800-810nm. This is a longer wavelength, better for penetrating deep into the hair follicle. Diode lasers are generally safe on darker skin types and are ideal for removing thick or coarse hair. This makes the Diode hair removal laser system popular among men seeking treatment to remove back hair or chest hair.

Popular Diode Laser Systems

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

Nd:YAG Hair Removal Laser

Nd:YAG systems provide the latest advancements in cosmetic laser technology.  Besides effective hair removal lasers, this system offers numerous applications including tattoo removal and laser skin resurfacing for the correction of sun damage. Nd:YAG systems operate at a wavelength of 1064nm. Most other laser systems target the melanin found in hair and skin. However, targeting melanin constricts application to removing dark hair from individuals with light skin types. At the 1064nm wavelength, carbon is a better chromophore (a colored chemical compound that absorbs light) than melanin. Before treatment, a carbon lotion is applied to the skin. The unwanted body hair then absorbs the carbon. Because the laser targets the carbon and not melanin, laser hair removal using the Nd:YAG laser is safe for all skin types, even tan skin tones.

Popular Nd:YAG laser systems

  • Cynosure
  • Candela
  • GentleYAG
  • Medlite IV
  • Lyra
  • Sciton
  • Cutera

IPL Hair Removal

IPL laser hair removal does not utilize a true laser, but the equivalent in the form of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL.) Like lasers, IPL’s initiate photothermolysis by pulsing thermal energy that is absorbed by melanin in the hair follicle. The advantage of intense pulsed light is a customizable wavelength,  energy level, and pulse duration.

Popular IPL systems for hair removal

  • Aculight
  • Quantum
  • Vasculight
  • Epilight
  • PhotoDerm

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Laser Hair Removal NYC

Continue to part II of SKINNEY Medspa’s series on the different lasers for permanent hair reduction to discover which laser system is right for you. Or leave it up to the experts at SKINNEY Medspa by scheduling a complimentary laser hair removal consultation. As the premier skin and laser spa in Manhattan, SKINNEY Medspa is known for delivering the best laser hair removal in NYC and can help you discover the best, most effective route for silky, smooth skin.

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