Goggles to Use When Having Laser Hair Removal

Wondering what type of laser safety glasses are worn during laser hair removal?

The Best Goggles for Laser Hair Removal

Laser Safety Hair Removal GlassesLaser hair removal is done using a variety of laser safety glasses and goggles. The lasers that are used in laser hair removal which must be protected against are Alexandrite, Diode, YAG, and sometimes IPL (intense pulse light).

Having a laser hair removal procedure does not generally entail the need to bring your own safety glasses, but if you’re a doctor or technician performing laser hair removal, laser safety glasses that protect from one or several of these lasers are necessary to operate safely.

The most common laser glasses used are for Alexandrite lasers. These laser goggles protect from 730-855nm wavelengths, and they should have good VLT (visible light transmission) to ensure that you can see well during your work.

Here are the types of laser goggles to use when having laser hair removal:

  • Alexandrite laser safety glasses are used with Alexandrite lasers and should therefore protect from 730-855nm. These laser glasses also work with Diode lasers, so if you’re using either type of laser, these will keep you safe.
  • Typical VLT for Alexandrite/Diode laser safety glasses is going to be around 30%.
  • If you are working with a YAG laser, your laser safety goggles should protect you from 1064nm, though most YAG laser safety glasses protect from 900-1,100nm.
  • Typical VLT for YAG laser safety glasses is generally going to be around 60%.
  • If you are using an IPL laser, you will need IPL laser safety goggles. These do not have a specified protection range as they are designed to limit visible light. IPL lasers emit extremely bright light at a variety of wavelengths, so IPL laser safety glasses are simply concerned with reducing the brightness of that light.
  • IPL laser safety glasses typically have a VLT around 10%.

If you are working in laser hair removal, it’s extremely important to use the right laser safety goggles if you want to be safe and preserve your eyesight.

Looking for laser safety goggles or glasses for laser hair removal? This guide encompasses all of the types of lasers used in cosmetic hair removal. If you are unsure about what type of laser you have or what type of laser safety glasses to get, contact our customer service department or leave a comment below. Our team of laser experts will make sure you get the right glasses to keep you safe and give you the best VLT for ease of work.


22 Responses to Goggles to Use When Having Laser Hair Removal
  1. Rachel
    April 28, 2017 | 8:49 pm

    Hello, I’m not sure if this message board is still receiving replies, but I’d like goggles for the Silkn BellaFlash (Costco home laser).
    Any recommendations?
    I can’t find the wavelength of this particular model online but I think similar models are between 450 and 1200nm, so quite a wide range.
    Thank you.

    • Ryan Phillips
      June 6, 2017 | 1:29 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      I apologize for the delay response, but if you contact our laser specialist Bill Brown at 732-356-1493 xt 114 he would be able to assist you in selecting the correct pair for you.

  2. Barb
    November 22, 2016 | 10:12 pm


    I’m using a Tria Beauty Laser Hair Removal 4x. The specs are: Diode Laser, Class 1, Output wavelength 810 nm, Output Fluence 7-22 J/cm2. Can you tell what kind of glasses I should get? Also I am very small… adult size glasses don’t fit me. I always get youth sizes.

    Also can you recommend glasses to protect me from the computer screen?

    Thank you for your time,

  3. Dee
    September 5, 2016 | 5:20 am

    I have a BellaLite by Silk’n Professional Hair Removal At Home. I would like to know what eye protection googles I need to use since I do have macular degeneration. I understand that it is a sophisticated Home Pulsed LightTM (HPL) technology.
    I really do need to protect my eyes badly, so please help me.
    Thanks in advance,


  4. Rebecca Jane
    July 19, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    Hi, I’m using the smooth skin at home IPL machine. Could you kindly advice what safety glasses would be most appropriate and where I can purchase.

    Many thanks.

    • Ryan Phillips
      July 21, 2016 | 2:17 pm

      Any of the glasses listed in the article are good choices. All depends on the specifications of that machine. Call us, or visit our website and engage one of our sales reps in the chat (bottom right corner pop-up)

  5. Garima
    February 22, 2016 | 2:09 am

    What kind of glasses you recommend for Me smooth face and body hair removal system.


  6. Jacqui
    August 2, 2015 | 2:12 am

    Hi Kieran

    I’ve searched online for this info, but what about Me My Elos by Tanda?

    I bought the ‘home kit’, it suggested I should use laser goggles and/or sunglasses when using it around my face, nothing about doing so while using on other body parts.

    When I used it on my legs, blue light flooded from handset, I thought I was ‘safe’, but afterwards my really eyes hurt, I sought medical advice, and was told I suffered a ‘mild sun burn’ to my eyes!!!

    What kind of goggles should I get, as I’m in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?


  7. Cathy
    April 22, 2015 | 9:31 pm

    What glasses would be recommended with the tria beauty laser. Thanks

  8. Bruce
    April 11, 2015 | 4:31 pm

    Are safety glasses recommended with the Elos Me Home Laser System that uses infrared pulsed light and radio frequency?

    Please advise,
    Thank you

  9. Angue
    July 2, 2014 | 11:10 pm

    What kind of laser glasses should be used with alma lasers and should there be any visibility by the patient?

  10. rusty
    June 22, 2014 | 12:39 am

    What are the best goggles to use with Sciton clear scan yag and bbl?

    • Kieran Hunt
      June 25, 2014 | 1:55 pm

      Hi Rusty,

      A standard YAG pair of safety glasses will work with the ClearScan YAG, but the BBL is a broadband laser, so you’ll need to use a special filter for that. Give us a call and we’ll get you set up with the right eyewear for those lasers.

      Kieran Hunt
      Phillips Safety Products, Inc

  11. Aaron
    June 3, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Should operator or doctor close eye during using IPL even they have safety glasses? Thanks a lot

    • Kieran Hunt
      June 11, 2014 | 1:39 am

      Hi Aaron,

      No, if you’re using the appropriate IPL glasses for your unit, you should not have to close your eyes.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions!

      Kieran Hunt
      Phillips Safety Products, Inc.

  12. Hilette
    February 22, 2014 | 9:29 pm

    I have a tria laser 4X. The tria can also be used on the face. I would like to know what type of laser eyewear I could use with my tria laser 4X. I want to wear the laser glass’s when I do treatment on my face and forhead

    • Kieran Hunt
      March 4, 2014 | 3:02 pm

      Hi Hilette,

      The Tria Laser Hair Removal Laser 4x user guide describes that you should not use the laser around the eyes. I suggest you contact Tria if you are considering using it on your forehead. Because the laser is being used directly on your skin, laser safety glasses will not be very effective against the laser on the forehead as it would be capable of getting under the lenses if it were capable of getting past the treatment window. However, since the laser is meant to be operated with the full treatment window against the skin, this shouldn’t happen if the laser is used properly. If you are using the laser properly, according to Tria’s instructions, you should not need laser safety glasses. A situation where you would consider using laser safety glasses with this product is almost certainly not a safe or intended use of the laser. Please contact Tria to discuss use of the laser on the forehead, the correct way of doing this, and what precautions you should take. I do not believe that laser safety glasses are an appropriate accessory with this personal use laser.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Kieran Hunt
      Phillips Safety Products, Inc

  13. nancy williams
    January 12, 2014 | 10:58 pm

    What glassses would be helpful to use with the Silk’n Flash n Go home hair removal laser? Thank you

    • Kieran Hunt
      January 17, 2014 | 4:42 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      For that laser system, no special eye protection is required according to the manufacturer, because of the nature of the laser. It only fires when in contact with skin. If you are bothered by the light coming from around the sides of the laser (through your skin) you can wear a pair of sunglasses as long as you can still see well enough to use the laser, but we recommend just using it with the naked eye or whatever prescription eyeglasses you normally wear, if you wear them.

      Let me know if you have more questions!

      Kieran Hunt
      Phillips Safety Products, Inc

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