One of the most frequently asked questions when looking for a laser hair removal service provider is whether the clinic uses the the right device for your skin type.
The most important factor you should consider is the melanin content of your skin – in other words how dark your skin is.
Skin color is expressed in Skin Type categories I to V (i.e. 1 to 5). Skin Type I being the fairest skin, and Skin Type V, the darkest. If you have white skin that does not tan well, you are likely to be Type I or II. Olive skin color is likely Type III and so on.
So what is so critical about selection of the appropriate devices? Laser devices apply energy to the melanin content in the skin and the hair. Darker hair and darker hair have rich melanin content. A laser device designed for lighter skin type aims to attack the higher melanin content in the dark hair, and assumes that the light melanin skin will not absorb the energy. However if same device is used in the darker skin, both the hair and the skin absorb the high energy, creating the potential for skin burn or damage.
That is exactly the reason for carrying two different laser devices at LaserTouch SoHo. Our GentleLase device, manufactured by Candela, is very effective on lighter skin types. Our GentleYAG, again manufactured by Candela, provides safety and effectiveness on darker skin types. You can find more information on these devices at LaserTouch SoHo Laser Devices.
For more information, do not hesitate to call on of the experienced laser hair removal specialists at
LaserTouch SoHo – 212 219 1990.