Laser hair removal has been around since 1997, when it was discovered that patients undergoing laser treatment for tattoos, port wine stains, pigmented lesions etc, had stunted or no hair growth in the treated area.
Ruby lasers (694nm) were the first laser to be used for serious commercial hair removal. Unfortunately this device has some major drawbacks in that it can only really be used on skin type I-II (on the Fitzpatrick scale) due to high melanin absorption
Since those early days there has been all kinds of light based devices put on the market that claim to give permanent hair reduction, from different types of laser to IPL’s.
However we believe that over 10 years later it is generally accepted around the world that there are two systems that can offer consistent results for hair removal and they are long pulsed Alexandrite (755nm) and long pulsed Nd:Yag (1064nm) lasers.
Alexandrite lasers (755nm) are mainly used for hair removal on skin types I-III, there can be a significant risk of either hyper pigmentation or the more serious hypo pigmentation if an Alexandrite is used on skin type higher than III.
Nd:Yag lasers (1064nm) can be a far more versatile tool as they can be used for hair removal on all skin types I-VI, as well as the treatment of unwanted red and blue veins on both the leg and face.