Laser Hair Removal is a revolution in the field of cosmetic treatment which can enable one to get rid of the unwanted hairs from the body. It has become extraordinarily popular in last five years because of its non-surgical and less expensive options comparing to other procedures. Have you ever felt your skin immediately after having a wax? Who wouldn’t like to get such a smooth skin forever? If you are asking for a solution on how you can have such smooth skin, then laser hair removal is your absolute answer.
Laser hair removal has become the most optimum choice for the beauty-centric people in Australia. It has become a trend to have the body hair removed permanently. According to Dr. Susan Austin from the Cosmetic Physician Society of Australasia (CPSA), there are an increasing number of patients who are willing to get a laser hair removal treatment. In a recent survey of CPSA, the most popular treatment for women was the Brazilian wax. It has been reported by 63% of these women that they are feeling sexier to be hair-free. The survey has also noted that men who want to go bare are also willing to achieve permanent hair reduction by these treatments.
The main concept of Laser hair removal is- a light at a specific wavelength is emitted on the hair follicle where the pigment will absorb the light and convert it to heat. This will disable the hair follicle and reduce the future hair growth. There are five basic existing systems for laser hair removal techniques. If you have decided to intake a laser hair removal treatment, it will be better for you to know about all of them to know which one is the better method for you. These systems are the best for different skin tones and hair types. Though your doctor will suggest the best one for your skin and hair type, but you will feel more confident if you know about the method you are going to have for your laser hair removal treatment.
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL, having the same working principle as the lasers but they are not lasers. The machines used for IPL are Photoderm, EpiLight, AcuLight, VascuLight or Quantum. The widest range of light from 515 nm to 1200 nm can be delivered by these machines. The duration of these lights may vary from 1 millisecond to 1200 milliseconds. The power and capabilities of these machines varies. Photoderm has been a success for the treatment of blood vessels and facial Rosacea. IPL devices can treat all skin types regarding all skin and hair colors except white. The patient will need to be at their lightest skin color to get this treatment. It is a less painful treatment comparing to laser, electrolysis or waxing. It has a very rare chance of side effect which may usually involve a temporary change in skin color. There is a misconception that this treatment is not safe as it is often operated by novice operators. But it is not correct and an expert operator of this system can provide the best and safest result for any patient.
- Alexandrite Laser
This laser system emits a light range of 755 nm wavelength. The common systems which use this laser are EpiTouch Plus, GentleLASE, Apogee etc. Alexandrite has a significant advantage of delivering the beam of light on larger surface area comparing to other treatments. It is mostly preferred for the light skinned patients and it can work up to for olive complexions. It has become more popular because of its range of action as it requires fewer sittings than other methods. Other than white skin, it has a chance of side effects which involves changes in skin colors.
- Diode Laser
Comparing with Alexandrite laser method, Diode laser is more effective and suitable for thicker hair or darker skin tone. It emits the light range of 800 nm to 810 nm. The systems commonly used for this method are SLP 1000, Light Sheer, LaserLite etc. It delivers a longer wavelength than Ruby and Alexandrite which enables the light to go through deeper in the hair follicle by reducing the chance of any epidermal injury. That is the reason for which Diode laser is more preferable to use on darker skin and thicker hair.
- Nd: Yag Laser
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (Nd: Yag) laser has covered a wide area in medicine but as it has a longer wavelength of 1064 nm, it may cause more discomfort for white skin comparing to other methods. The machines used in this system are CoolGlide, Varia, Lyra, Medlite IV etc. It can treat all six skin colors but it is not considered as the one to give an effective hair removal in the long run.
- Ruby Laser
Ruby laser remitting a shorter wavelength of 694 nm is considered to be the best one to use on fine and light hair. It is also a recommended method of laser hair removal for those who have pale skin, light colored hair or thin hair. The systems used with this laser are Palomar E2000 and RubyStar. It works on a smaller surface of the body. It is not recommended for darker skin and tanned patients as it can cause burns and changes in the skin colors as a side effect.