Here is some good info from Good Housekeeping extolling the ins and outs of laser hair removal. However, we have found that our diode laser is faster than most alexandrite lasers. We can do a full back in about 10 minutes. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Everything You Need to Know Before Trying Laser Hair Removal
Shaving, plucking, waxing ... all of these take time, but for people who prefer to have smooth, hairless skin, they may seem like the only options available. If you're willing to shell out a little extra cash, however, you could opt instead for a more permanent result: laser hair removal. This high-tech method uses light to actually destroy the follicle, leaving you with fuzz-free skin.
We asked two pros to give us the rundown on all the info you need to know before getting this procedure done.
1. How does laser hair removal work?
Any service with the word "laser" in its name might seem intimidating, but it's actually very simple. "Energy from the laser is picked up by the pigment in the hair follicle, causing destruction to the root," explains New York dermatologist Dr. Margarita Lolis. Once the root is destroyed, it can't produce more hair.
2. Which type of laser is good for each need?
According to Rachel Sharoff, licensed esthetician at Skintology Skin and Laser Center, here's a quick rundown on the three most popular laser types:
Diode: The diode laser is very effective for light and dark skin.
Alexandrite: This laser is the fastest of all laser types and works best for treating larger body areas among patients who are have light-to-olive complexions.
Nd:YAG: This long pulse laser can be used safely on all skin types, including tanned skin. It is less effective for light or fine hair when compared to other types of lasers.
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