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#107298 - 05/31/13 05:04 PM Settings on a Yag
rk123 Offline
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Hi all,

I just went to 2 consultations yesterday for laser hair removal.
I am a type IV skin and have decided to use the yag.

I asked for a test patch at each.

1. At this location, they use the Candela Yag machine.
Settings used: 34J/ 15 mm window
It did hurt/sting alot, and the test patch was on tiny section of right underarm.

2. At this location, they use Cutera Coolglide vantage 1064 mm.
Settings used: 40J/35 ms. I was not provided with a the size.
I asked for the patch on the left underarm, and it was virtually painless during the test.
She iced the area prior to even starting, and then applied a cream afterwards.

Between these two, would you say the settings were good? Is one machine beter than the other?

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#107372 - 06/06/13 04:09 PM Re: Settings on a Yag Attn: LAgirl [Re: rk123]
rk123 Offline
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I also went to a third place.
Here, they have both the Candela Yag and Candela Alexandrite machine.

I am a type IV skin, and the lady said that I would need to start with the alexandrite, and go up to the yag, to higher settings.

Is this right???

I had a test patch on leg this week, settings at 16 J with 18mm window from what I remember.

It hurt ALOT.


So far, the hair is still there from the other two test patches.

From these three what would you recommend? How are the settings?

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#107374 - 06/06/13 04:16 PM Re: Settings on a Yag Attn: LAgirl [Re: rk123]
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They did 18mm/16J on an alex laser? Did they tell you the pulse width? It's very rare a skin type IV can handle that strong of a setting on an alex laser, but if you can handle that one, that would be the best one, though I'm surprised your skin could handle it.

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#107375 - 06/06/13 04:32 PM Re: Settings on a Yag Attn: LAgirl [Re: Brenton]
rk123 Offline
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thanks brenton for the quick response!

the third one did hurt ALOTT. but I don't mind the pain if it will actually give great results. I think my skin could handle it. However, I had the patch done about 2 days ago, and the skin is just slight red from it.

But is it normal to start on an alex and move up higher to a yag? Wouldn't I just need to start on the yag since i'm type IV?

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#107376 - 06/06/13 04:37 PM Re: Settings on a Yag Attn: LAgirl [Re: rk123]
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Slight red is ok. If it becomes a burn/blister, then I'm more concerned.

Normally you start on a YAG for your skin type, but if they're starting you that high on an alex, you should stay with that, though I have no idea how your a skin type IV and they're using that high settings. It also depends on what the pulse width is, but unless it's extremely high, that's your best bet.

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#107395 - 06/07/13 04:32 PM Re: Settings on a Yag Attn: LAgirl [Re: Brenton]
rk123 Offline
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Thanks Brenton for your advice!

I went ahead and booked my first appointment with them in 2 weeks. I will keep checking the status of my skin and make sure it doesn't become a burn or blister like you said.

I'm actually excited!

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