Laser hair removal is a proven way to permanently reduce unwanted hair on any part of the body like face, hands, arms, legs or the intimate area.
It is an FDA and TGA approved technology and are being used widely in Australia and all over the world. However, how do you find the best type of laser hair removal device?
There are various lasers used for hair removals such as IPL laser machines, Nd: YAG, Alexandrite, diode and Ruby. These are just a few of the types of laser hair removal devices you might stumble upon on your search for the laser hair removal treatment.
Medi spas like to name the laser they use but aren’t always quick to explain what makes one laser different from the other. This is the reason why it can be hard to understand what the best laser hair removal device is for your hair and skin type.
However, you needn’t worry as I am here to explain that to you.
By hair and skin type here I mean that the laser works on the Fitzpatrick scale. This scale is a numerical classification scheme that is used to determine the skin type and hair colour.
What is the Fitzpatrick Scale?
Thomas B. Fitzpatrick designed it in 1975 based on people’s skin colour and responses to sun exposure. This scale is beneficial and used by dermatologists and aesthetic medicine practitioners all over the world to determine which laser is best suited for different skin and hair type.
The Fitzpatrick scale defines skin from Type 1 to Type 6.
- Type 1 – light but when exposed to sun always burns and peels but never tans.
- Type 2 – light and fair skin which burns quickly when exposed to the sun and rarely tans.
- Type 3 – beige tint and may burn when exposed to the sun but is capable of tanning.
- Type 4 – olive to light brown skin tone which doesn’t burn when exposed to sun but tans.
- Type 5 – dark brown to black skin tone which rarely gets sunburn but always tans.
- Type 6 – darkest skin tone which never burns but tans quickly when exposed to the sun.
So, Type 1 to Type 4 skin people is best suited for the laser hair removal treatment.
However, as the technology has advanced and various new devices developed it is possible to treat people with darker skin tone and light hair colour.
The most revolutionary treatment for hair removal being in this category is the innovative mixed laser technology. You must be thinking what it is and how this device works in the removal of unwanted hair? Here is a rundown to it.
What is Mixed Laser Technology?
It is an innovation in laser technology where wavelengths of Alexandrite and Nd: YAG lasers are combined in one device to deliver superior results in hair removal for all and vast array of other procedures as well. Mixed laser technology device can effectively treat challenging hair removal issues such as fine hair in darker skin tones, thin facial hairs and Type 5 and Type 6 Fitzpatrick skin categories.
How Laser Hair Removal Work on this Mixed Technology?
Mixed technology laser device blends Alexandrite (755nm) and Nd: YAG (1064nm) lasers allowing the practitioner to simultaneously deliver different proportions of both wavelengths in treating fine hair on the face and any other type of skin with minimal discomfort.
Alexandrite is recognised as the gold standard for thin and light hair removal and is most useful for light skin treatment. While on the other hand, Nd: YAG is considered the safest laser for dark-skinned people Type 5 and 6, including tanned patients. The wavelength from Nd: YAG penetrates deeper into the skin allowing the destruction of the most rooted hair follicles. This is how laser hair removal works on mixed technology device.
The Benefits of Mixed Laser Technology
Mixed laser technology offers increased safety when treating tanned skin and reduced discomfort vs. using the technologies separately.
The mixed laser technology has offers large spot sizes and high power for fast treatment at deep skin layers at fluencies sufficient enough to ultimately damage the hair follicles in all body areas.
It offers safer treatment on the tanned skin with adjustable pulse duration from 0.3 to 300ms. Better results on light coloured hair such as blonde and red hair removal spot size up to 20mm.
The European made technology, the Duetto MT laser hair removal system ensures quick treatment times with the ability to treat all skin type clients all year round. The unique configuration in the mixed laser technology device promises increased client treatability by stretching the boundaries of laser hair removal and overcoming the significant restrictions faced by practitioners.
The Duetto MT can also emit two wavelengths independently, simultaneously or sequentially which is particularly important when treating sun-exposed skin.
Due to so many benefits offered, Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre has added this technology to their practice and providing superior results to all their clients.
Does it Hurt?
The hair removal procedure on the mixed laser device is a comfortable one, as cooling gel neutralises the heat radiation. It doesn’t require the use of anaesthesia, medication or sedatives. However, some patients may feel a slight pinch when the laser passes over the skin.
Number of Procedures Needed
The number of procedures needed, depends on the density of hair, treatment area and individual hair growth cycle. Usually 6-8 treatment sessions are required.
Duetto MT laser device works with a much precise combination of lengths and energy of laser than any other laser hair removal device and guarantees maximum efficiency and safety of the procedure.
Adele holds a degree in aesthetics and skin care technology and is highly qualified with over 10 years of experience. She has been working with Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre for the past 3 years. She has a flare for writing as well and provides insights into how laser hair removal and other aesthetic devices work.