Sheer Diode Laser vs ELOS?

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Hi,
I live in Boson and I found two places for hair removal in the area - -Company Name Deleted- (ELOS laser) and Advanced Laser Clinics (LightSheer Diode Laser). I am about to call one of them up and set up a consultation for hair removal on my underarms and legs (including bikini line). Pretty much torn between which is the best laser to use... I am a 24 year old woman with dark brown hair and light skin. I am leaning towards the Diode laser. Any suggestions? Anything that I should be asking/looking for when I go to the consultation? Should I see both places and then decide? Any help is really appreciated! Thanks so much!!

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Hi,
I live in Boson and I found two places for hair removal in the area - -Company Name Deleted- (ELOS laser) and Advanced Laser Clinics (LightSheer Diode Laser). I am about to call one of them up and set up a consultation for hair removal on my underarms and legs (including bikini line). Pretty much torn between which is the best laser to use... I am a 24 year old woman with dark brown hair and light skin. I am leaning towards the Diode laser. Any suggestions? Anything that I should be asking/looking for when I go to the consultation? Should I see both places and then decide? Any help is really appreciated! Thanks so much!!

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The diode has a long track record of success, but also has a record of scabbing, and even causing changes in the skins pigment. The Aurora(ELOS) is much milder on the skin, and a lot less painful. So far It has worked EXTREMELY well for me. It is the easier, softer way, and I think a breakthrough in hair removal technology.

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I've been treated with a Gentlelase, an Aurora and a Lightsheer and had the best result with the Lightsheer. It can be painful (I hear it is more so with darker skin) but I got great results. I would rather have some pain and get rid of the hair then have a painfree treatment that doesn't work as well. I only had one teratment with the Gentlelase before I moved to a new city, so I can't really say how well it did with just a single treatment. It hurt a bit too, but not anything dramatic. I then went to another place and had my bikini line and underarms done with an Aurora and got MAYBE about a 50% reduction in 4 treatments/ That's not good enough for my money, so I decided to try someplace else. I then went to a place that used a Lightsheer for my legs and would say that about 75% of the hair is gone after 3 treatments! I'll be having my bikini and underarms done with Lightsheer to get rid of the hair that the Aurora didn't get rid of. Other people say they've had good results with the Aurora laser, so maybe it depends your skin color or something. I will only use a lightsheer from here on out.

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Did you consider that the legs might respond to laser better than the bikini area when you compared results? Also remember that having the lightseer treat and area already treated with another technique is not a good way to compare either. Anyway, glad you are getting results.

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Just goes to show you that everone has different experiences with different systems and different operators.
I find it somewhat amusing that almost EVERYONE concentrates so much on which system is "best" for them.
Most of the popular high-level laser hair removal machines on the market are quite good. Ther are a few general guidelines, such as the long pulsed Nd:YAGs are probably the safest on type VI skin and the IPL's and Alexandrites have the strictest sun avoidance requirements, but, overall the OPERATOR makes as much if not more difference in your experience with laser/IPL hair removal.
For example, choosing the best pulse duration and fluence with the LightSheer makes a big difference. This judgement is made on skin type, judgement on how much of a tan is present, color of hair and texture of hair (coarse vs fine). A treatment with 30 Joules at 10 msec will produce significantly different results than 30 Joules at 100 msec.
If you are truly pale and have no sun exposure, I would choose the IPL (Aurora) in an experienced operator's hands. It does a little bit better job with the fine as well as the coarse hair. However, the LightSheer in good hands is just fine, in fact, great.

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Thanks to everyone who replied! Special thanks to Dr Engelhard! My skin is slightly tanned from last summer's going to the beach. With so many places, operators, equipment it is hard to decide which would give the best result for the individual case. I have scheduled an appointment with Advanced Laser Clinics here so I really hope they are good. I read somewhere that it is important to ask the physician for how long they have been doing laser hair removal, whether they specialize in Dermatology (if a memeber of the Association) etc. I think they also had a guarantee for 2 years but I will ask them that too. Wish me luck!

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I am curious to see how your results go. I am also someone deciding between ELOS and lightsheer, and agree that it is very hard to determine which is best or where to go. I am a male that has tried the Alexandrite, and had very poor results, and yet most Dr's will tell you that the Alexandrite works well too. I think I am going to opt for ELOS.
Anyway, good luck, and let us know!!!
Cheers.

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Galina, another good place in Boston is the Laser Center at MGH hospital. The dermatologists themselves do the laser hair removal. The consultation is $100 but the service is very good. I went for a consult and they were very professional.
Yvonne

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What settings would you recommend for the Aurora?
I have fair to Olivy skin, and dark, fairly coarse hair.
My tech seemed to be rushing thru the whole treatment, so I want to know what questions to ask in terms of settings, and guide the process. Unfortunately, I'm already committed dollar wise and cannot move locations.
I had my treatments so far at 20 RF and 20 Joules. What are the other settings/criteria on Aurora I should ask about.
Thanks so much!!

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the new software for the Aurora allows the RF to be set at 25. You might inquire if the machine has this update? For olive skin, the other setting seems o.k. Remember that the shedding takes up to a month, so be patient.
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