Laser Hair Removal Manufacturers

If you are a clinic, considering buying a laser machine, please email: enquiry@healthcentre.org.uk

Laser Hair Removal Systems

Laser hair removal works by emitting an intense burst of light, which targets the root of the hair follicle causing damage at the cellular level. Different systems use different radiations of colour which are more or less effective on different skin pigmentation or hair colour, and ethnicity can also be a factor in how effective the treatment is.

Ruby Laser (Epilaser)

The Ruby laser system, also known in the UK as Epilaser, was the first laser treatment licensed for hair removal. It was developed in 1960 and licensed for use, first in the USA, but shortly in the UK in 1996. Since then it has been widely used across both countries and is the traditional system for laser hair removal.

How it works

The Epilaser has a unique patented hand piece, which directs heat away from the skin before, after and throughout each light emission. It has a two-second gap between each light burst, which has been developed to cause the customer the least pain during the process as possible. It emits light at a wavelength of 694nm, which selectively targets the melamine pigment in the hair follicle, and manufacturers claim, causes little damage to the skin. It is also relatively pain-free.

System Cost

There are a variety of machines available on the market, but a couple of examples are listed below as a starting point for your research. Manufacturers are willing to provide information on prices and running costs on request, and to ensure a good deal several manufacturers should be compared:

Available systems: EpiPulse Ruby; E2000; RubyStar.

Manufacturers promise a quick recoup of purchasing costs, with relatively low maintenance and running costs. The average market price charged for laser treatment ranges between £40 for a very small area, such as the upper lip, up to around £300 for a full leg treatment.

IPL Treatment Systems

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, and is not a ‘laser’ hair removal system. Instead of one precise burst of targeted light radiation it emits an intense flash of light which contains hundreds of wavelengths, or colours and levels of light, in one go.

How it works

The system produces intense flashes of light, along hundred of wavelengths which damage the root of the hair follicle which prohibits growth. Certain filters can be applied to focus the treatment to a certain wavelength which narrows the field of treatment for better results on the customer’s skin type. There are also LHE, or Light Heat Energy systems, which use a more controlled and lower level of light combined with heat to remove hair.

System Cost

On average you can expect to charge from between £40 to around £300 depending on the size and nature of the area the client wishes to be treated. The manufacturers claim a quick recoup of start up costs, and that the machines have relatively low maintenance and running costs and are happy to give full details of cost and specifications on request. Although the technology is relatively similar there are several systems available from different manufacturers. Below are some details of popular systems for you to start your research into the best system for you, but the best deals will only be found by thoroughly researching and comparing different brands.

IPL800 - this system is an industry leader, with easily adjustable settings and the option to buy attachments to convert it to the Ruby system if required. It is available in the USA for around $3800.

Other systems available: Aculight; EpiLight; PhotoDerm; Quantum and Vasculight.

Alexandrite

The Alexandrite system is a solid state laser, and not dissimilar to the original Ruby Laser treatment system. It is widely used both in the USA and UK, and has a reputation for being a universal treatment, which has effectiveness across a good range of skin types and pigments. It is also known for having good levels of comfort as well as being effective.

How it works

The handset emits light at a wavelength of 755nm, which is in the red end of the electromagnetic spectrum and is the energy is preferentially absorbed the hair follicles which causes cellular damage which should limit re-growth. The large unit transmits all the power to the handset, which includes the laser technology, and when it is applied to the ski a combination of the laser treatment, heat and pressure work together to remove the hair.

System Cost

There are a variety of machines available on the market, but a couple of examples are listed below as a starting point for your research. Manufacturers are willing to provide information on prices and running costs on request, and to ensure a good deal several manufacturers should be compared:

Irradia Alexandrite System – this offers either a single or triple system with free flashbulb replacement for two years. It requires no programming. It has a flexible fibre-optical system, and can be fitted with the Ruby system if required. The company is based in Sweden.

GentleLase System – this system has a patented DCD system, or Dynamic Cooling Device, and promises a combination of effective treatment and comfort for the customer.

Other available systems: Apogee40; Epitouch.

Manufacturers promise a quick recoup of purchasing costs, with relatively low maintenance and running costs. The average market price charged for laser treatment ranges between £40 for a very small area, such as the upper lip, up to around £300 for a full leg treatment.

Diode Laser

A diode laser is another solid-sate laser treatment, such as the Alexandrite and Ruby systems.

How it works

A large unit, which controls and contains all the power, is connected to a smaller handset which is applied at close range to the client’s skin and using a combination of heat, pressure and the laser treatment the hair is addressed right down to the root in the hair follicle. Its advantage is that the levels of light wavelength can be tuned and altered depending on skin type, by altering the semiconductor diode which emits the laser. It is more effective in hair removal on those with dark skin tones because of its ability to adjust, making it more flexible.

System Costs

The technology behind this type of system is fairly standard through the varying brands and machines, although some variance is to be expected and by researching carefully you might be able to find the best deal for you. The most widely available and popular systems are:  Aex-800 Iriderm; EpiStar; LaserLite; SLP100. All manufacturers have good information on their websites and promise a quick recoup of purchasing costs, with relatively low maintenance and running costs. They give relatively few specifics, but state that they are willing to provide more detailed information on prices and running costs on request. To ensure a good deal several manufacturers should be compared.

The average market price charged for laser treatment ranges between £40 and £300, depending on the client’s skin and hair type, and the size of the area wished to be treated. Prices are discretionary and the treatment is quickly becoming very popular, with awareness in laser hair removal growing every year.

Neodymium or Nd: YAG Laser

This system is commonly known as Nd:YAG, which is shortened from yttrium aluminium garnet system. It can also be used on skin irregularities and various skin tones.

How it works

The laser is a solid state laser, and emits invisible light radiation at 1064nm, in the infrared part of the spectrum. It can also operate in the green area of the spectrum at 532nm. A handset is connected to a large standalone unit, and the hand piece is applied to the client’s skin. As it is a relatively new treatment system, it has only recently begun to be used for hair removal. As it is not specific to this type of treatment it has to be used in conjunction with a carbon lotion, which is spread of the area of skin the customer wishes to treat beforehand. The carbon allows the light radiation to penetrate deep into the hair follicle and allows the melamine to absorb the wavelength, so when the handset is activated and the laser emits its light it reacts with this carbon lotion causing the removal of the hair.

System Cost

There are a variety of machines available on the market, including: LaserScope; MedLite IV; SoftLight. The prices charged for laser hair removal are fairly standard, between £40 and £300 depending on the size of the area the client wants to be treated, so to be truly competitive a good price and finding the right machine for you is essential. Although the technology behind each model is very similar, if you research thoroughly then you can find a machine that best fits your needs. If you visit the manufacturers’ website they promise a quick recoup of purchasing costs, with relatively low maintenance and running costs. They have relatively few specifics, but they do tend to state that they are willing to provide information on prices and running costs if you contact them. The best place to start is by requesting any information you might require, such as the life of the bulbs, the electricity requirements of the laser device, whether any training is required to operate it and not forgetting the price of the unit. If you research this thoroughly you can ensure a good deal.

If you are a clinic, considering buying a laser machine, please email: enquiry@healthcentre.org.uk