Laser is more effective than IPL for permanent hair reduction. The Cynosure Elite laser has both Alexandrite and NdYag wavelengths. It is the most effective because these wavelengths are precisely for melanin in dark hair follicles. There will also be less of a chance that there is an effect on the surrounding skin. I would say that the NdYag laser is the best choice for your light brown skin. Always go to an experienced physician because a lot of laser centers do not have a physician overseeing the treatments, especially here in NY. There is more of a chance that dark skin can get burnt or darken from absorbing the laser or IPL energy. The treatments are painless and effective and you want to be treated by a caring physician. Physician offices also offer comparable prices to those advertised with laser hair centers so try not to be lured by price. Make safety your first priority and choose your physician wisely. Laser hair removal works really well and with the right machine and physician the results can be great.
Written by Dr. Halaas