</font><blockquote><font size=“1” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>quote:</font><hr /><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Originally posted by blast:
<strong>I am confused too. I read that post by DoctorEngelhard before. I realize that different laser systems can’t be compared joules to joules, if you will. My practitioner now uses ndYAG for darker skin types but I found an older clinical study where he used a diode with long pulse width on someone who was closer to a type V and had goods results (you can probably find it in medline under Dr. Adrian Laser Hair…). I’ve heard LHR referred to as an art. With so many variables to consider, again, I think it comes down to you Dr’s skills. I can say that I’ve had 4 treatments with the ndYAG, about a 50-60% reduction, and its been 2 months since the last blast. If this holds, I’ll be satisfied.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size=“2” face=“Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Great post. In the immortal words of RJC2001 - any hair that hasn’t grown back after two months is not growing back PERIOD. (Ok, he does add, “in my experience” but I just love that saying!)
50-60% after 4 treatments is pretty damn good! A couple more and you could get up to 80-90% hopefully and finish off with electrolysis!
With regards to the diode and nd: YAG, I think some clarification is necessary! Though I do have a link to a study which shows individual patient results and they make VERY interesting reading.
It’s between the Lyra Nd: yag and the lightsheer and in some cases a type V responds better to the diode than the nd: YAG and in other cases it’s the other way round.
ON AVERAGE, though, they reduce the hair about the same.
but this doesn’t count anaomlies or individual cases as noted
could someone therefore clear up this business between the diode and the nd: yag systems?
We’ve established that the diode absorbs more melanin in the hair follicle BUT the nd: YAG uses higher fluences (which have been shown to correlate with great hair loss in some studies)
so if you’re a type V do you go for the diode which absorbs more or the nd: yag where you are able to use higher fluences.
it seems, for saftey issues, the nd: yag is more suitable BUT if the diode can only SAFELY go up to 25-30 joules on a type V skin then why bother using it? Surely a skin type V is better to go with the nd: YAG where a fluence of 30-40 can be used, maybe more and greater hair loss achieved.
The “doctor” doesn’t seem to agree with that though.
Can someone please clairfy the situation?!!!