Yag Vs Diode Laser for Hair Removal on Skin Type IV?
- Asked by Hairy-scary in South Florida
- 3 years ago
What's more effective and safer for type IV skin? Yag or Diode. I had 1 treatment with a Candela Gentleyag 3 months ago (underarm) but dont see a difference, 3 years ago I had it done (underarm & bikini line with a yag) and my skin inflamed, looked like blisters for hours, then went away, didn't see a difference either, all hair grew back.
A nurse practitioner said Diode could be more effective on me but would that be safe? Also, which Yag is better: the Candela or Cynosure Apogee Elite, and why? I'm getting a Brazilian Bikini, part of my labial area is darker (black).
Nd:Yag safest choice for Laser Hair Removal for darker skin
While Diode laser can be treated for darker skin, Nd:Yag is the gold standard for laser hair removal for darker skin individuals to minimize risks of post-treatment blistering and pigmentary changes. Make sure that the laser hair removal is performed under direct supervision of board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to minimize post-treatment complication.
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Yag or Diode laser for type IV skin Hair Removal
I would recommend the 1064 ND YAG for Type IV skin. In the right hands this laser can be safely used even on type 6 skin. The diode is truly a better hair removal laser wavelength, but is tricky on darker skin types. You definitely run a higher risk of some pigment changes or blistering if not in the hands of someone very skilled in treating type 4 skin and up.
The inflammation you experienced with your YAG treatment is perifollicular edema, which means you got an effective treatment. You would probably need more treatments to remove the hair than one. (average is 6). On darker skin types a hair reduction program with maintenance treatments is more realistic than permanent hair removal. Hope this helps.
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The major risk of hair removal in darker skin is that the skin can burn and become hyper or worse hypopigmented with loss of skin color.
If you are darker where you want to be treated, it is safer to use the long pulsed ND:YAG for hair removal which is indicated for all skin types. I hope this information helps.
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See Physician who Uses Both
I would recommend seeing a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who uses both types of lasers. Type IV skin can fall in the middle, the diode is better for lighter skin and the long pulsed Nd Yag for darker skin. You should allow a physician who is experienced make the judgement. If they use both lasers they will not try to pigeon-hole you into the inappropriate device.
You should have a test spot first to ensure you do not have an adverse event.