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Regardless of your reasoning, there are probably some areas on your body where you just don’t want hair. Fortunately, laser hair removal methods have advanced at light speed since they were FDA approved in the 1990s. While early hair-removal lasers were often slow, painful, and designed generally for people with dark hair and light skin, today’s lasers work on anyone, and can remove hair from any part of the body. The best option for you depends on your specific skin and hair type.


A diode laser, it’s considered “the gold standard” by many practitioners. Lumenis LightSheer offers excellent results for many different skin types. It’s FDA-approved, requires fewer procedures, and gives some of the best results possible today.


This laser offers powerful technology with both short and long pulses to safely and effectively treat all skin types, including tanned skin. An updated version of the regular LightSheer Diode laser, the LightSheer Duet is a huge progression for laser hair removal. Faster and more comfortable, it features vacuum-assist technology and an increased spot size.


This laser can treat backs and legs comfortably in only 15 minutes, without anesthetics and gels, reducing treatment time by up to 75 percent. The LightSheer Diode and Duet represent some of the best lasers available today.


Another excellent laser type favored by many laser hair removal practitioners, the Alexandrite Laser comes under brand names such as the Candela GentleLase and the Cynosure Apogee. Its larger spot size and higher repetition rate make it one of the fastest hair-removal lasers available. And it’s suitable for rapid treatment of large body areas. Some practitioners consider it the best laser for people with fair skin.


Another popular hair-removal laser, this type is especially effective on dark and tanned skin, particularly the Cynosure Elite and the Candela GentleYAG. The Cutera CoolGlide or the Sciton ProFractional are two other popular brands of this laser type. The Nd:YAG lasers have a long history of safety and effectiveness on all skin types and can treat different types of hair, as well. Tools such as the Lumenis SPLENDOR X actually combine both Nd:YAG and Alexandrite wavelengths in synchronized proportions for versatile, quick, and uniform treatment of larger areas.

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