Is Laser Hair Removal Safe and Effective on All Skin Types?

For men and women who struggle with unwanted hair growth, laser hair removal is an ideal alternative to time consuming shaving or waxing. By targeting the melanin within each follicle, the treatments are able to painlessly eliminate body and facial hair permanently. If you are interested in this long lasting form of hair removal, the following guide can help you to decide whether laser hair reduction is the right choice:

Is It Safe And Effective For Everyone?

When laser hair removal was first introduced in the 1990s, the treatment was only suitable for individuals with both dark hair and pale skin. The limited laser technology meant that just a narrow range of laser light wavelengths could be created. These early lasers were unable to focus their light directly on hair follicles without a strong contrast in pigmentation between hair and skin. For individuals with tanned skin, the procedure was usually ineffective and could even cause blisters.

Fortunately, the industry has seen huge advancements in recent years. Newer lasers are able target hair more precisely by reaching follicles in lower layers of skin. Technological improvements have meant that even those with Mediterranean and Asian skin tones or blonde hair now respond very well to laser hair removal. In some clinics even very dark skin tones can be effectively treated.

Choosing The Best Laser For Your Skin Type

For optimum results and minimum side effects, it is crucial to choose equipment that is well suited to your skin tone. Understanding your skin’s type allows laser hair technicians to choose the most suitable laser and wavelength before your appointment. Skin tones are rated on a specific scale which increases in darkness from Skin Type 1 (light, pale white) to Skin Type 6 (very dark brown to black). The following are the three main laser options which have been approved by the FDA:

– The Diode Laser

A diode laser is used by the majority of cosmetic clinics because it is very effective on people with Skin Type 1 to Skin Type 4 (olive, moderate brown) coloring. In some cases, if specifically designed equipment is used, it can also be adapted for even darker skin tones.

– The Alexandrite Laser

The alexandrite laser is less often used by professional health centers because it is only suitable up to skin types 3 (white to light brown). While it performs very well on these paler tones, higher skin types are at risk of blistering and even hyperpigmentation.

– The Long Pulsed Laser

The long pulsed laser is generally considered the top option for anyone with darker skin, as it works successfully up to the highest Skin Type 6. It functions by targeting the lower layers of skin which contain less melanin to increase the laser’s focus on hair follicles.

To find out whether or not you are a suitable candidate for laser hair removal, it is a good idea to discuss the issue with a trained practitioner. Most clinics provide a laser hair removal consultation free of charge for those interested in the treatment so that you can ensure the best results and the safest outcome.

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The Worlds First and Only Pain Free Laser Hair Removal

At last, Alma Lasers has created the soprano XL, the worlds first pain free hair removal machine. Not only making Laser hair removal easier, safer and more comfortable but also making laser hair removal accessible to all, no matter what their skin colour.

Using a combination of low fluence, rapid-pulsing GOLD STANDARD 810 DIODE technology, Soprano XL has revolutionised the approach to laser hair removal answering a long felt market need for a safe, permanent and pain free treatment to permanently rid people of unwanted hair. The difference between Soprano XL and other laser hair removal techniques is Soprano XL’s IN-Motion treatment. The IN-Motion technique is made possible by the super fast, rapid-pulsing capabilities of the GOLD STANDARD 810 DIODE technology. This rapid pulsing make possible the key aspect of pain free laser hair removal ‘hair removal in motion’, which means the laser can be used rather like a paint brush to sweep the treatment area rather than being concentrated on one small patch at a time meaning less build up of temperature in the skin around the hair follicles creating a safe, comfortable, efficient treatment for all hair and skin types.

The PHD President of Alma Lasers explains the technology behind this revolutionary pain free hair removal treatment by saying that the IN-Motion diode laser uses low fluence high repetition pulses, this has never before been possible, to increase the temperature of the hair follicle and its surrounding tissue to 45 degrees celcius. This gradual, IN-Motion heat delivery uses chromospheres in the surrounding tissue to effectively heat up the hair follicle. This, along with energy absorbed by the hair follicle itself, causes damage to the follicle and stops re-growth. This means the epidermis is protected and the treatment is pain free. The new Soprano XL laser hair removal system can, more safely and effectively, treat every skin colour; Tanned, White, Black or Asian.

Soprano XL uses the best GOLD STANDARD features of 810nm diode along with a unique ‘in motion’ technique which delivers un-rivalled results fast and more safely and usually in less treatments than other laser systems. Some people say a treatment with Soprano XL feels like a nice “hot stone massage” where as other lasers can feel like a rubber band snapping at your skin along with an unpleasant painful burning sensation. The results of Soprano XL are more reliable and consistent for all skin colours unlike most lasers which achieve inconsistent and unreliable results dependent on the skin type along with greater risk of side effects or the complete inability to treat darker skin. Soprano XL effectively disables the hair follicle, permanently, with removal of hair often being achieved with the minimum of fuss meaning fast comfortable treatments in fewer visits to your clinic; less treatments, therefore equals less cost.

The Soprano XL is the world’s first, completely effective, laser system approved by the FDA as “painless”.

• More reliable, more predictable, superior results
• Works effectively for EVERY SKIN COLOUR and MOST HAIR TYPES
• Often less clinic visits and less treatments needed
• Meaning LESS COST

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