Hair can be removed from the body in a wide variety of ways, from simple shaving, plucking, and waxing, to more complicated and long-term methods such as electrolysis and laser hair removal, which is available at our London clinic. Within this last category are several different methods for hair removal via the application of a laser.
Different Kinds of Laser Hair Removal Machines
There are several different types of machines that use lasers to remove hair, but all work in a similar fashion. Laser hair removal works by applying light energy—the laser—to hair follicles. Melanin-producing skin cells in the follicles convert the light energy to heat, and the heat destroys the hair follicles.
Ruby lasers: Most suitable for people with lighter skin tones, this kind of laser treatment is highly precise, with slow light bursts and less discomfort than other methods.
Alaxandrite lasers: This hair removal treatment is suitable for virtually all skin and hair tones, and typically produces the least amount of hair regrowth. It’s also effective for removing pigmented skin lesions.
Neodymium (Nd:YAG) lasers: This is a highly effective hair removal method, and is considered the safest method for people with dark skin tones or tanned skin. However, for some people, this method doesn’t produce long-lasting results, so repeat applications may eventually be needed.
Diode lasers: Developed to effectively remove hair while doing minimal damage, and protecting the skin as much as possible.
Intense pulsed light laser: Emits short light bursts that can be strictly controlled in terms of strength and frequency. This means it’s suitable for all skin tones and types, and is particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin.
At our London clinic we use the Cynosure Elite+ laser hair removal system, which uses two different wavelengths of lasers: Alaxandrite, and Nd:YAG, two clinically-proven effective methods of hair removal.