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Alexandrite laser hair removal

Alexandrite lasers treat a variety of subcutaneous pigment problems as well as unwanted hair.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

The alexandrite laser is a type of laser device that's often used to remove unwanted hair. Alexandrite lasers operate at a wavelength of 755 nm. They are non-ablative, so while the laser energy destroys hair follicles at the root, these powerful devices leave the surface of your skin untouched.

What It's Good For

Alexandrite lasers can remove unwanted hair that appears on the face and body. These lasers are commonly used to remove hair f rom the upper lip, bikini area, legs, arms, and abdomen.

Who it works for: Alexandrite lasers can be used on individuals with fair to medium-toned skin ().

Recommended age range: Laser hair removal can be safely used on people of any age. Individual providers may ask people under the age of 18 to get parental permission.

When will I see results?: Don't expect the hairs to pop right out. This can take up to two weeks. Continual appointments are usually required too, scheduled every four to five weeks.

How long it lasts: The alexandrite laser, when used for hair removal, is a long-lasting - but not permanent - solution to unwanted hair.

Key benefits of alexandrite laser hair removal: With an adjustable spot size, alexandrite lasers can treat large areas of unwanted hair quickly when set to "wide."

Licensed uses: Alexandrite lasers were originally approved by the FDA for hair removal in 1997.

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