Which type of laser is more effective for hair removal: Alexandrite or Diode laser?

The effectiveness of Laser Hair Removal depends on several factors, including the type of Laser used, the characteristics of the person’s skin and hair, and the skills of the person performing Laser Hair Removal Treatments.

Alexandrite and Diode lasers are commonly used for hair removal, and their relative effectiveness may vary depending on the specific circumstances. Here are some factors to consider:

Wavelength: Alexandrite lasers emit light at a wavelength of 755 nanometers, while diode lasers typically emit light at a wavelength of 800-810 nanometers. The Alexandrite laser’s 755 nm wavelength is better absorbed by melanin, the pigment in hair follicles, making it effective on darker hair. Diode laser is safer for skin type IV.

Skin Type: Both lasers are effective and safe for lighter skin types from I to IV when performed by experienced professionals.

The treatment area and hair colour:

Having performed treatments at Prima Britannia Laser Clinic day after day for over 13 years, we can ensure that the Alexandrite laser is generally more effective for removing hair on lighter skin types. In general, our clients have stable results after 6 to 8 treatments.

Pain and discomfort. Alexandrite lasers are well known for their cooling mechanisms, which help reduce pain and discomfort during treatment. Typically, cold air or cooling gas is used, which does not irritate the skin.

Procedure time: As a rule, Alexandrite lasers are used in machines that operate in shots, which increases the speed and reduces the duration of the procedure. Modern laser systems such as the Cynosure laser machine and Candela MaxPro have increased the rate and can significantly reduce the time of the process. For example, legs can be done in 20 minutes and back in 10 minutes.

The Diode Laser machine is usually much slower to operate.

Ultimately, The effectiveness and safety of the procedure are often more dependent on the skill and experience of the laser practitioner than on the specific type of Laser used.

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