The Ins and Outs of Laser Hair Removal

If you’ve been trying to get rid of unwanted body hair by waxing, shaving, or plucking, you probably know how much of a hassle the process can be. Laser hair removal is the most effective way to remove hair permanently and can also end up costing less than traditional hair removal methods.

The specialists at Celibre Medical Center in Los Angeles, California share some of the ins and outs of laser hair removal below:

Understanding Skin Types

All laser hair removal specialists classify patients based on their skin type. There are six different types, I – VI. Knowing which skin type you fall under will determine what type of laser will be used. The wrong laser can cause severe burns, scarring, and permanent skin damage.

Type I – Caucasian skin types, usually those who are of Northern European, Scandinavian, Swedish, or Irish descent
Type II – Fair skin types who are also associated with Caucasian skin types with European descent, including English, German, and Russian.
Type III – Caucasians of Mediterranean descent and some lighter-skinned Hispanics. Includes Italians, Spanish, Greeks, and light-skinned Hispanics from South America
Type IV – Medium-skinned Hispanics, Asians, and Persians/Middle Easterners
Type V – Light-skinned North Africans or African Americans
Type VI – Dark-skinned Africans

Laser Hair Removal Devices

The most commonly used laser for hair removal, according to Celibre Medical Center, is the Lumenis Lightsheer diode laser. This is considered to be the gold standard for laser hair removal and is ideal for skin types I – IV. It is not generally used for those with V or VI skin types.

Skin types I – III can also be treated with the Alexandrite laser. This is less commonly used and can cause hyperpigmentation and changes in skin color on those with darker skin. The Cynosure Apogee is one type of Alexandrite laser.

The long-pulsed Nd:Yg laser is often used for laser hair removal in all skin types, and especially those with III, IV, V, and VI. This laser does penetrate deeper than the other lasers so it bypasses the upper layers of skin that have melanin. This laser has a lower risk of being absorbed at the surface and causing side effects because it reaches the base of the follicle. The Sciton Profile is one type of long-pulsed Nd:Yg laser.

Learn more about laser hair removal options by talking to the specialists at Celibre Medical Center.