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  Ultimate Light™   |   The Diode Laser   |   Nd: Yag   |   Ruby   |   Alexandrite  

The 5 "Methods" of hair removal are :

  1. Ultimate Light™ or Pulsed Light (IPL)
    Machines: EpiLight, PhotoDerm, Quantum, Aculight, or Vasculight.

    The capabilities of each of these machines vary. EpiLight is the most specific and advanced for hair removal. PhotoDerm is the original machine developed for successfully treating facial Rosacea, facial blood vessels, leg veins, and other blood vessels. EpiLight is a specialized improvement of PhotoDerm developed to specifically treat unwanted hair. Ultimate Light™ pulsed light can safely and effectively treat ALL skin types ranging from white to black.

    Learn More About Ultimate Light™

  2. The Diode Laser (800nm or 810 nm wavelength)

    In my opinion, the Diode laser is the next most useful hair removal light source and the most promising laser for hair removal.

    The Diode laser systems include: SLP 1000, F1 Diode, Light Sheer, MeDioStar, LaserLite, Epistar and Apex 800.

    The Diode laser's longer wavelength of light thereby penetrates into the hair follicle without causing as much epidermal injury as the Ruby or the Alexandrite. This Diode laser can be used on darker skin colors than the Ruby or Alexandrite.

    Learn More About The Diode Laser

  3. Nd: Yag (1064 nm wavelength)

    The Nd: Yag laser systems include: CoolGlide, Medlite IV, Varia, Athos, Lyra, and Image.

    The Nd: Yag is capable of treating all six skin colors. However, there is not sufficient evidence that this laser can produce effective long-term hair removal.

    Nd: Yag and 800 nm Diode lasers are being promoted for use in the darkest skin colors.

    Learn More About Nd: Yag

  4. Ruby (694 nm wavelength)

    The Ruby laser systems include: RubyStar and Palomar E2000.
    Learn More About Ruby

  5. Alexandrite (755nm wavelength)

    The Alexandrite laser systems include: GentleLASE, Apogee, and EpiTouch Plus.

    While claims have been made regarding safety in treating darker skin types such as type 3, or even 4 and 5 (brown skin), I would not recommend using these two lasers for treating unwanted hair in any skin type other than very white skin.
    Learn More About Alexandrite

If you have been treated with any of the 5 light systems and would like to confirm or disagree with my analysis please contact me at (212) 755-2237. This distillation of my experience is meant to help you - the patient! Good luck!

- Harvey H. Jay, M.D.

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The information on this site is provided as our analysis and opinions as of April 2007. For more specific information contact Dr. Harvey H. Jay at (212) 755-2237. The results with each machine vary with the skill of the physician operator. No blanket endorsement of one machine or method is possible or intended.