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Which Laser Hair Removal Machine/Wavelength is Best?

Which Laser Hair Removal Machine/Wavelength is Best?

When it comes to laser hair removal, one of the most common questions we encounter at Epsom Skin Clinics is about the effectiveness of different laser hair removal machines and wavelengths. With advancements in technology, several types of lasers have been developed, each with its own set of benefits. Understanding the differences can help you make an informed decision about the best option for your hair removal needs.

The Science Behind Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal works by targeting the melanin (pigment) in hair follicles with concentrated light energy. This energy damages the follicle, significantly reducing the ability of the hair to grow back. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the contrast between the colour of the skin and the colour of the hair; therefore, the laser’s wavelength is a critical factor in targeting the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding skin.

Types of Laser Hair Removal Machines

There are several types of laser hair removal machines, each using different wavelengths to target hair follicles. The most common include:

  • Alexandrite Laser (755 nm): Best for treating light to olive skin tones, the Alexandrite laser offers quick treatment times and is effective for a wide range of hair types and colors.
  • Diode Laser (810 nm): Suitable for light to medium-dark skin tones, the Diode laser is versatile, offering deep penetration and a moderate treatment time.
  • Nd:YAG Laser (1064 nm): This laser is safe for all skin types, including dark skin tones, due to its longer wavelength which bypasses the melanin in the skin to target the hair follicle directly.
  • Ruby Laser (694 nm): One of the oldest types, suitable for very light skin with dark hair. It’s less commonly used today due to advancements in technology and the development of more versatile lasers.

Which Wavelength is Best?

The “best” wavelength for laser hair removal depends on several factors, including your skin tone, hair colour, and the area being treated. Here’s a brief guideline:

  • Light & Medium Skin Tones**: Alexandrite and Diode lasers are generally preferred for their effectiveness and speed.
  • Dark Skin Tones**: Nd:YAG lasers are the safest option, designed to prevent skin damage while effectively targeting hair follicles.

Why Choose Epsom Skin Clinics?

At Epsom Skin Clinics, we understand that each client’s skin and hair type is unique. That’s why we offer consultations to determine the most effective laser hair removal treatment plan for you. Our state-of-the-art laser hair removal technology is designed to cater to a wide range of skin tones and hair types, ensuring optimal results.

We’re proud to use the Candela GentleMax Pro Plus, the latest advancement in laser hair removal technology. This versatile system combines the power of two lasers: the Alexandrite for lighter skin tones and the Nd:YAG for darker skin tones. The GentleMax Pro Plus is renowned for its efficacy, comfort, and speed, offering a tailored treatment experience that can address virtually any area of the body. With its dynamic cooling device, treatments are not only effective but also comfortable, reducing the sensation of heat during the laser application. This innovative system ensures safe and efficient treatments for all skin types, making it a cornerstone of our commitment to providing the highest quality care.

Choosing Epsom Skin Clinics means opting for a clinic that prioritises your safety, comfort, and satisfaction while always dedicated to providing personalised care.


Choosing the right laser hair removal machine and wavelength is crucial for achieving the best results while minimising the risk of side effects. At Epsom Skin Clinics, our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalised care, using the latest technology to ensure your treatment is safe, effective, and comfortable.

Ready to start your journey to smooth, hair-free skin and learn more about our laser hair removal service schedule your consultation. Let us help you choose the best laser treatment for your skin and hair type, and enjoy the confidence that comes with lasting results.


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