Which Laser Hair Removal is Best Use for Light to Medium Golden Asian Skin with Black Hair?

The target area is upper lip and underarm. Light sheer diode or Gentlelase Alexandrite? Thank you

Doctor Answers 7

Laser hair removal in asian skin

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Since you have had some conflicting advice, let me add that I agree that the NdYag is safest but the Lightsheer is likely a safe choice as long as you are not tanned at all.  Alexandrite may also work well.  The most important thing is that you are evaluated by a physician who has a lot of experience in laser hair removal.

Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon

Which Laser for Asian Hair?

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Hi Latte.   We see that you do not really need our help!   You have identified 2 excellent lasers for your skin and hair type.

Although the Yag laser that was suggested works well for darker skin types and very coarse hair, it will not work well for you.  The Lumenis Lightsheer and Gentlelase Alex are both great options. 

The Alexandrite lasers will have a slightly higher incidence of side effect like blisters, but can also help you finish your program in 1 or 2 less treatments.  If safety is your highest priority, go with the Diode.  If less treatments is your priority, then the Alex might be better.  Either way, choose a practitioner that is very experienced with your skin type.  Good luck.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Hair Removal for Light Asian Skin

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It is difficult to answer this question without seeing you in person.  Please have an evaluation with a reputable physician before going forward.  If your skin is fair, you will do fine with the Alexandrite laser.  However, if you have olive undertones or tend to pigment/tan easily, the NdYag or the diode laser is best to avoid any hyper-pigmentation problems.

Sheri G. Feldman, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologist

Asian patient Laser Hair removal

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It is difficult to decide the best laser hair removal device without actually seeing your skin. However, with the description of your skin and hair type, the safest and effective laser would be an NdYag laser, such as Candela GentleYag. Good luck!

Marianna Blyumin-Karasik, MD
Davie Dermatologist

LASER hair for Asian Skin

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Asian skin and dark hair is often the best combination for laser as it targets the color in the hair (for this reason blonde haired patients are often not good candidates). There is not a single best laser to treat hair. Each laser has its pros and cons. Although many lasers are available with brand names, the key is to look at the frequency of laser to determine its effectiveness.
Types of LASERS:
  • Diode- Perhaps the best studied and good for many skin types (the type I favor in my practice).
  • IPL- Not as effective as diode in head to head studies and not good for all skin types. May require more treatments.
  • Nd:YAG lasers- A good selection for darker haired patients. May require more treatments than diode and has a smaller spot size typically and may require more treatments
  • Alexandrite- Best for lighter skin types however it is almost as effective as diode in efficacy.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Laser hair removal in Asian skin

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A few devices would work for Asian skin, but more importantly is the safety issue because of the increased pigment. Make sure to go with a diode laser (e.g. Lightsheer duet) or Nd:Yag laser for safety reasons.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Choosing the best laser for hair removal

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I recommend you find a physician in your area that has the GentleMAX laser by Candela. This is the laser we use most in my office. It has BOTH the alexandrite laser as well as the NdYag laser so that when you are properly evaluated by the physician they will have the choice of the best laser for your skin type.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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