Australia saw 7,522 laser hair removal procedures in 2018. This was already a sign of the growing demand for devices that contribute to smooth, hairless skin. Now, laser hair removal is among the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the country and is expected to have a USD 2.23 billion market by 2028.
Laser treatments — including laser skin tightening and scar removal machines, not just hair removal devices — aren’t popular only because they enhance physical appearance. There’s a high demand for laser procedures because they are non-invasive techniques that cause minimal pain and discomfort.
That being said, laser hair removal devices are constantly undergoing improvements for maximum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. But each one is still different. Alma Lasers discusses the most common types of professional laser hair removal machines so you can decide for yourself which one works best for you.
Ruby Laser Hair Removal
Ruby laser hair removal is one of the earliest permanent hair removal methods developed. It tends to be slower with a 694nm wavelength than more recent methods.
It also isn’t as effective on dark skin and coarse hair as it is on lighter skin and finer hair. But people still give it a shot since it has been around long enough to be backed with long-term research about its effectiveness and possible side effects like the risk of burns and scars.
Alexandrite Laser Hair Removal
The Alexandrite laser hair removal method is common among individuals with lighter skin tones. It covers a large treatment area within 30 minutes, but you will need more sessions to achieve long-term hair removal.
This is partly due to the Alexandrite laser’s shorter wavelength of 755nm, making it most suitable for targeting the melanin in the hair follicles of people with light and olive skin tones.
Diode Laser Hair Removal
With wavelengths typically ranging from 800nm to 810nm, diode lasers have a longer wavelength than the Alexandrite laser treatment.
This means that diode laser hair removal treatment allows deeper penetration into the skin, making it more effective for coarse hair and medium to dark skin tones. Diode treatments usually require fewer sessions than other methods, but it ultimately depends on each person.
Nd and LP Nd: YAG Treatments
Nd and LP Nd: YAG laser hair removal systems are heavy-duty treatments that work best on individuals with darker hair and thick, coarse hair. But it is generally safe for all skin types.
This hair removal treatment operates at a 1064nm wavelength, the longest among current laser methods. It targets carbon rather than melanin, which most other cosmetic laser treatments target.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
IPL treatment doesn’t actually use a laser for permanent hair removal. Instead, this form of intense pulsed light works like laser by targeting the hair follicles.
The main advantage of using this pulsing thermal energy treatment is that it is highly customisable. The individual may adjust the wavelength, energy level and pulse duration based on their skin tone and the fineness or coarseness of their hair.
Alma’s SHR Hair Removal Technology
Alma Laser uses groundbreaking technology for a one-step hair removal solution that delivers visible results.
The SHR patent features a gradual heating method that effectively targets the hair follicles without causing injury to the surrounding skin. It’s accompanied by Alma’s unique sweeping delivery technique, ensuring full coverage of the treatment area. This improved coverage dramatically reduces the likelihood of “Zebra stripes” and other unwanted results typically associated with older hair removal techniques.
Alma’s SHR patent is part of the brand’s current lineup of professional laser hair removal machines. It’s used in ALMA BEAUTY REMOVE, Harmony XL Pro, Soprano ICE, Soprano ICE Platinum and Soprano Titanium.
Alma’s latest Soprano laser devices are particularly effective in hair removal. Unlike other hair removal devices that only use one type of laser wavelength (i.e., 755nm, 808nm and 1064nm) that have varying absorption levels in melanin, the Soprano laser hair removal devices combine all these wavelengths to match all skin types.
Regardless of your skin color, or the fineness or coarseness of your hair, these laser hair removal machines provide maximum results. They are safe, effective, and virtually painless to use on all treatment areas.Why put yourself through the long and painful process of waxing or plucking? Choose modern laser technology for painless and long-term hair removal. Contact us today to learn more.