The 5 "Methods" of hair removal are :
- Ultimate Light or Pulsed Light (IPL)
Machines: EpiLight, PhotoDerm, Quantum, Aculight, or Vasculight.
The capabilities of each of these machines vary. EpiLight is the most
specific and advanced for hair removal. PhotoDerm is the original machine
developed for successfully treating facial Rosacea, facial blood vessels,
leg veins, and other blood vessels. EpiLight is a specialized improvement of
PhotoDerm developed to specifically treat unwanted hair. Ultimate Light
pulsed light can safely and effectively treat ALL skin types ranging from
white to black.
Learn More About Ultimate Light
- The Diode Laser (800nm or 810 nm wavelength)
In my opinion, the Diode laser is the next most useful hair
removal light source and the most promising laser for hair removal.
The Diode laser systems include: SLP 1000, F1 Diode, Light Sheer, MeDioStar,
LaserLite, Epistar and Apex 800.
The Diode laser's longer wavelength of light thereby penetrates into the
hair follicle without causing as much epidermal injury as the Ruby or the
Alexandrite. This Diode laser can be used on darker skin colors than the
Ruby or Alexandrite.
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- Nd: Yag (1064 nm wavelength)
The Nd: Yag laser systems include: CoolGlide, Medlite IV, Varia, Athos,
Lyra, and Image.
The Nd: Yag is capable of treating all six skin colors. However, there
is not sufficient evidence that this laser can produce effective
long-term hair removal.
Nd: Yag and 800 nm Diode lasers are being promoted for use in the
darkest skin colors.
Learn More About Nd: Yag
- Ruby (694 nm wavelength)
The Ruby laser systems include: RubyStar and Palomar E2000.
Learn More About Ruby
- Alexandrite (755nm wavelength)
laser systems include: GentleLASE, Apogee, and EpiTouch Plus.
While claims have been made regarding safety in treating darker skin types
such as type 3, or even 4 and 5 (brown skin), I would not
recommend using these two lasers for treating unwanted hair
in any skin type other than very white skin.
Learn More About Alexandrite
If you have been treated with any of the 5 light systems and would like to
confirm or disagree with my analysis please contact me at (212) 755-2237.
This distillation of my experience is meant to help you
- the patient! Good luck!
- Harvey H. Jay, M.D.