Hair removal is the number 1 requested aesthetic procedure. Laser hair removal requires highly concentrated beams of light into the hair follicles. The light is emitted into heat and the pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and destroys the hair. This type of hair removal is commonly used for legs, underarms, face, chest, bikini line and almost any other area. The treatment takes literally seconds to complete on certain areas.

With the amount of lasers and different technologies available it can be quite confusing to determine which laser is best. Below we have listed some of the best lasers in the market.

The Ruby laser which is the original hair removal laser very well absorbed by the melanin pigment in hair, making it an excellent choice for fine and light hair. Though it is worth noting that the Ruby laser cannot be used on patients with dark or tanned skin because melanin is present in the skin as well as hair. Because of this reason Ruby Lasers have dropped in popularity but are still highly regarded.

The Alexandrite Laser produces a reddish light and is the fastest hair removal laser on the market, which means it is great for the hair removal of large areas such as the back.

The Diode Laser has a longer wavelength, which allows deep penetration into the skin and safety for darker skin types, but with fewer efficacies for lighter and finer hair.

And then there is the long pulse Nd; YAG, which can be used on all skin types including, tanned skin. With fast repetition rates and large spot sizes it allows areas to be treated fast. The only disadvantage is the clearance for fine and light hairs.

Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
  • Targets dark hair and light hairs individually whilst leaving the surrounding skin
  • Permanent to long term hair removal
  • Speed of treatment
  • Effectiveness
  • The predictability of the treatment


Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does laser hair removal take?

Depending on the area being treated it can take up to an hour and a half to 10 minutes. As a general rule, legs and backs take an hour to an hour and a half, while an upper lip or the tops of ears may require eight to 10 minutes. The front of the neck or underarms can take as little as 20 minutes.

How many treatments will I need to have before all the hair in the area I want treated is gone?

Most patients experience most to all hair gone after 3 to 5 sessions of laser hair removal, with 4-10 week intervals, depending on the laser and the practitioner.

Does laser hair removal hurt?

You may experience a small but manageable sensation that is described as a “pinch” or a “zap” when the laser is pulsed.

How should I prepare for laser hair removal?

In the weeks leading up to laser hair removal you should limit plucking, waxing and electrolysis for up to 6 weeks before treatment. If you can it will also help your treatment if you can avoid sun exposure in that area as well.

Are some people better candidates for laser hair removal than others?

Laser hair removal is known to work best on dark hair and light skin. But in saying that anyone with any coloured skin or hair can use laser hair removal.

Before all laser hair removal treatments your laser hair removal technician will provide you with all the adequate advice and precautions. If you have any further questions make sure you ask your health care professional.

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Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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