Wondering which laser glasses to use in your laser spa or cosmetic laser department?
Cosmetic Laser Work and Laser Safety Glasses
Laser safety glasses are a crucial part of work in a cosmetic laser spa or department. They ensure that your eyes are unharmed and your work is safe and efficient.
Laser safety glasses come in a variety of styles for work with cosmetic lasers. Most cosmetic laser applications have to do with hair removal and vein removal. These lasers have a lot of overlap in the wavelengths they produce and therefore the safety glasses required for their safe operation.
The most common lasers used in cosmetic laser work are Alexandrite, Diode, YAG, and occasionally Ruby or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) lasers. Most of these require different laser safety glasses during their operation, so it’s important to determine what type of laser(s) you’re using before shopping for laser safety glasses for cosmetic laser work.
If you’re looking to protect yourself from cosmetic lasers, here are some of the laser safety glasses that we recommend:
- Alexandrite and Diode lasers both operate at similar wavelengths and therefore can be protected from with the same glasses. Alexandrite/Diode laser safety glasses protect from 730-855nm and typically offer a VLT (visible light transmission) of about 30%. These can be used for laser hair or vein removal.
- YAG lasers are the most advanced lasers for hair or vein removal. Laser safety glasses for these cosmetic lasers protect from 900-1,100nm, though the laser itself operates at 1064nm. VLT is usually approaching 60%.
- Ruby lasers are used more in laser vein removal than for hair, and they are not used as often as the above lasers. Ruby laser safety glasses protect from 692-714nm and have a VLT of about 30%.
- IPL lasers are not true lasers; they pulse intense light at a variety of wavelengths, and they are protected against with IPL laser safety glasses which block a percentage of the visible light spectrum as opposed to a specific range of wavelengths of light. Typical VLT for IPL glasses is 10%.
- When choosing laser safety glasses for your cosmetic laser, it’s important to first determine the type of laser you’re working with and then decide the laser safety glasses.
Laser safety glasses for cosmetic lasers are varied, though most laser spas typically only have one type of laser in-house. Because the procedures can be accomplished with the same laser most of the time, laser spas typically only use one laser and require one type of laser safety glasses.
If you’re shopping for the best laser glasses to use in cosmetic laser work, these options should give you a good idea of all of your options. You can get any of these laser filters in a variety of frames and goggles, so you can look professional and comforting in a pair of stylish laser safety glasses when your patients come in for their procedures. We also have several styles that are popular for patients to wear.
If you aren’t sure what laser safety glasses are right for your cosmetic laser, give us a call or leave a comment below. Our laser experts can guide you towards the laser glasses that are perfect for your system, so you stay safe, comfortable, and efficient.