19 April 2009

Are you’ve some hair somewhere that you are just dying to get rid of? Maybe you’re sick of shaving it. Well, may be you’ve been trying with Waxing, but it may not last very long, and most of the other products on the market are either are ineffective or outright scams.

Then here’s come the laser. Laser hair removal has been available now for over ten years. Today’s lasers are more effective and longer lasting, with several receiving clearance to be marketed for permanent hair reduction. With all the lasers available in the market and beauty salon to choose from, is one laser better than the others? Does the laser even matter?

Choosing The Right Equipment
Does your choice of laser affect the ultimate outcome of your treatment? I say : no and yes. No single laser has been clinically proven to be the best. There is no sufficient comparative trials to establish this. As a result, doctors and clinics tend to promote the virtues of whatever laser they purchased or leased. At $70,000 to $125,000 per machine, you can see why they have a vested interest in promoting their chosen equipment.

Certain lasers do work better for people with certain skin types and hair colors. There are several guidelines that are important in helping you choose which laser is right for you.

Avoiding The Side Effects: Choosing The Laser Which Is Safe For Dark Skin
First thing you should do about laser hair removal is the longer the laser’s wavelength, the safer it is on darker skin and the fewer side effects. Why? Longer wavelength laser energy tends to penetrate deeper into the skin. This is especially important in people with dark or tanned skin. Nd:YAG lasers have the longest wavelength of current hair removal lasers at 1064nm. Nd:YAG lasers include the CoolGlide, the Lyra, and the Athos. Diode Lasers, with the second longest wavelength of current hair removal lasers at 810nm, are also used to treat people with olive to dark complexions. Thus diode lasers are a viable alternative if you cannot find a doctor with an Nd:YAG laser in your area. Popular diode lasers include the LightSheer, LaserLight, and Apex 800.

Cutting The Price And The Speed of Treatment
Keep in your mind: the faster the laser’s repetition rate and the larger its spot size (the size of skin treated with each laser shot) the faster the treatment. For areas such as the legs or back, it is wise to choose a laser that can cover a large area in short time. Alexandrite lasers like the GentleLase have the largest spots sizes available on the market at up to 18mm. The GentleLase is perhaps the fastest on the market at covering large areas. The Lightsheer diode is also quite fast and represents a good alternative if you have olive or brown skin. Generally, the faster the laser, the less your treatment will cost, so it pays to seek out a speedy laser when treating large areas.

The Best Treatment For Fine Hairs
Finally, if the hair you want removed is fine or light in texture, you might find that it is less responsive to laser treatment than is thicker or coarser hair. In this instance, Alexandrite lasers such as the GentleLase might be your best choice, except if you have dark skin. The GentleLase has been reported to be particularly effective on fine hairs. Nd:YAG lasers are the least effective on fine hairs, and diode lasers fall somewhere in-between.

Ultimately, you must decide upon a laser in consultation with an experienced doctor, for they are best able to determine your precise skin type. Since many laser hair removal offices and clinics offer free consultations and spot checks, it is usually wise to get the opinions of two or more doctors before choosing a laser and a treatment plan. By doing your research and finding the right laser for you, you will help ensure that your laser hair removal experience will be a successful one.

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