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Alma: Accent XL, Harmony XL, Pixel C02 > Alma Soprano laser for hair removal

Hi,

Who has one?
How does it work? Is is effective? and how effective?
Is it better than IPL?

No sales reps please.
Doctors who use it only.

Thanks in Advance.

05.14 | Unregistered CommenterNewcosmoMD

i have also been looking at a soprano as i like the idea of a solely dedicated hair removal system. It is supposed to be extremely fast and painless. I spoke to a well known doctor who put thses machines in harrods london and apparantly got their return on the machines in about 3 weeks...not bad. Unfortunatley i've also read some discouraging reports about the efficacy. The other machine on my shopping list is a cynasure apogee elite. I think you cannot beat alexandrite for skin1-3 and nd yag 1064 for above. I will investigate the soprano further at my end and let you know.

07.2 | Unregistered Commenterukdoctor

Thank you UKdoctor. It's funny that you have been looking at the cynasure lite because I had the same thoughts. Alexandrite is the gold standard for type I-- III and ND yag does well for above that.

Does the Elite have a scanner to speed up the treatments?

07.21 | Unregistered CommenternewcosmoMD

go with the candela alexandrite over the cynosure. better, faster and long rin cheaper to maintain. the cynosure blows out alot if heat, even in standby. laser head dont last as long as the Candela. 18mm spot size and 1.5hz - cant beat that. do your homework and u will see Candela is far better.

08.5 | Unregistered CommenterQC

Lumenius Lightsheer is the gold standard for 1-4 hair removal. Way better than Candela. I have owned both and I'm not a rep. Look at candela stock price it is $2 ......down from $30. They will be out of business soon.

08.6 | Unregistered Commenterdr Iam

Well I am a dermatologist from Mumbai, India and mainly deal with type 4-6 skin types. I agree that light sheer is good, but I have also had some unforgiving burns on darker skins. Then I moved to NdYAG cutera and I must say I liked it a lot. But the problem was machine had too much breakdown and also the fine hair !! Does not work. Now I have moved to the soprano laser. I am not sure how effective it is as compared to earlier that I have used, but then in my 2 months experience so far, I am pleased as it is fast as well as painless. Efficacy so far fine, but need time to say more. So far I think I have the 3rd soprano in India. will keep you guys posted. I am also thinking of Light Sheer duet soon.

Well I am a dermatologist from Mumbai, India and mainly deal with type 4-6 skin types. I agree that light sheer is good, but I have also had some unforgiving burns on darker skins. Then I moved to NdYAG cutera and I must say I liked it a lot. But the problem was machine had too much breakdown and also the fine hair !! Does not work. Now I have moved to the soprano laser. I am not sure how effective it is as compared to earlier that I have used, but then in my 2 months experience so far, I am pleased as it is fast as well as painless. Efficacy so far fine, but need time to say more. So far I think I have the 3rd soprano in India. will keep you guys posted. I am also thinking of Light Sheer duet soon.

Well I am a dermatologist from Mumbai, India and mainly deal with type 4-6 skin types. I agree that light sheer is good, but I have also had some unforgiving burns on darker skins. Then I moved to NdYAG cutera and I must say I liked it a lot. But the problem was machine had too much breakdown and also the fine hair !! Does not work. Now I have moved to the soprano laser. I am not sure how effective it is as compared to earlier that I have used, but then in my 2 months experience so far, I am pleased as it is fast as well as painless. Efficacy so far fine, but need time to say more. So far I think I have the 3rd soprano in India. will keep you guys posted. I am also thinking of Light Sheer duet soon.

hi. i'm not sure if anyone still reads this post, but i happen to operate at a clinic which uses Soprano. it is a 810nm diode, and has a good target on hair bulge. its been almost 2 years, and we have not had any problems with the machine. it delivers hair reduction about the same as our epilight system (which we still utilise for fair hair). i recommend Soprano for anyone clinic which makes their $$ on hair removal. a full-leg treatment on average takes 30-40mins. Forearms would take 10-15mins.
there is a skin tightening mode which i havent really used, because of the amount of clients we have coming back for soprano hair removal.

yeah I still read this post.

I've used the Soprano and was very impressed with it. My patients were very happy with the results.

However, I would NOT recommend it for any clinic that does LHR because the company's customer service is heinous. My clinic is so busy that we do LHR treatments from 8am-9pm 7 days a week, and the Soprano just could not keep up. It kept going down, I would have to send it back- I would get it back a few weeks later, everything would work for a month, then it would go down again...and again..and again. I would have to get repairmen in, and in and in.

I ended up rescheduling so many of my patients with our other LHR lasers to keep them in protocol, that they eventually asked not to have the Soprano as it was so unreliable.

Alma and it's tech support team acted like my staff and I were morons- when their technology couldn't keep up with my clinic's volume of business.

So, the laser is awesome, but the company was too mickey mouse to deal with.

Agreed!

1. I have used the Soprano for the last three years and am just not impressed. It is NOT painless! LOL! The HR pulse mode hurts like the Bejesus! (I speak from personal experience) The Candela 755 I used to work with was so impressive compared to Soprano.

2. I took a Physics and Tissue Interaction course from Medical Laser Dynamics and they brought up a phenomenon regarding 'temporary thermal shock' to a follicle. Well, I have my suspicions that the Soprano SHR mode does just that! I have had clients come back a year later with almost 60% regrowth. Those are just not the standards I want to set for our practice. Incredibly frustrating!!!

3. Our unit has never broken down. Customer service has been above average. Those are two pluses.

4. I am interested in the new Lightsheer Duet. Is anyone using this? Demoed this unit at Cosmetic Bootcamp and it seemed faster than the Soprano.

All in all, I would not recommend the Soprano.

I am in the process of buying my first laser machine. I am looking at the Alma Harmony with in motion hair removal. Has anyone used this technology? and if so how effective is it for hair removal?

09.6 | Unregistered CommenterAndresa

Well i am in the process of buying my first laser,the choice is between Soprano and light sheer duet..any suggestions?also what abt their after service pls reply ..someone

09.29 | Unregistered CommenterDr.Rahul

both of them are good laser
but they are very expensive
i bought a laser like sopranofrom korea
if you want any contact detaill you could send me your email

09.30 | Unregistered Commenterdenis

Dr. Rahul,

Are you only looking to do laser hair removal? that is what the wavelength of both of these lasers is for. They do a so-so job on pigmentation and veins. I own a Duet with both the 9x(mm spot and the high speed (HS) hand pieces and I like it. I have had Alma in my clinic before but have always felt it was an inferior product. It has been a few years since I have had it in my office so things could have changed.

09.30 | Unregistered CommenterLH

hello
i would like to start hair removal and need help what equipment to buy- IPL,Soprano....?so many opinions?
what is best and affordable for small clinic?Thanks

Dear Veronica: If you post your contact information I can send you some very helpful information to help get you pointed in the right direction. I have been working in this area for the past ten years and I have collected a great deal of

dear veronica
if you want to give me you email
i am doctor from europe
i could share with you my experience

10.8 | Unregistered Commenterdenis

“NewcosmoMD – I have the Soprano XL and just purchased the Soprano XLi. The technology does, in fact, work and is effective. I use it on all skin types and in all of six clinics with great results. I wouldn’t use any other hair removal laser.”

I'm an Esthetician and worked with ipl for a year and a half , i would like to purchase a laser machine for h/r that works on light and dark hair not so painfull and safe to use on expecting mothers i've been looking for awhile and it's very cconfusing please guide.

10.21 | Unregistered Commenterpnina

Dear Better Off Now: I am surprised and sorry to hear you had a negative customer experience. Alma Lasers conducts an ongoing survey rating customer satisfaction and, overall, we are usually able to exceed customer expectations. Providing fast and excellent service is important to us and I would like to discuss the challenges you encountered and identify how we can improve. The Soprano XL is a reliable system and installed in extremely busy clinics worldwide. I would also like to review your service records and better understand the functionality problems. Please don't hesitate to contact me at 1-877-319-3832. Thank you. Lake

Hi lake0-
thank you for taking the time to reach out to me.

My negative experiences with Alma were quite some time ago, about three years or more. Which is a lifetime in terms of lasers lol!

I think that they equipment is outstanding, The customer service needed a huge amount of improvement. The company seemed to be quite unused to the volume of business that we were doing and the infrastructure just wasn't in place to handle the myriad of challenges that come up when the laser is in use 14 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Hopefully that has changed and Alma will become a leader in the industry- good luck!

I am an Esthetician who also owns my own laser company. I have used various lasers over the years, including the apogee elite and the candela yag. For a dedicated laser hair removal machine you just can't beat the Soprano. It is a self-contained unit; which means there is no calibrating machinery that will break when moved. As far as the "not pain-free" argument. I can say that it can be unconfortable. However, if you have ever used the alexandrite or yag on an area of the body with hardly any adipose tissue you will be hard pressed to find a patient that won't chose the Soprano.

10.31 | Unregistered Commenterjmslaser

We have two small Laser Clinics in the UK & are looking to purchase a new Laser, I have just heard about the Soprano today & decided to do some research, It is very mixed results that have been posted on here!! Can anybody point me in the right direction, for a Laser & Company that offer Good Results, with great customer service at affordable prices??

04.19 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

if you want to go for diode hair removal best is asclepion diode laser with both 810 and 940 nm unique combination and new model Next is with lot of p[ower and hand pieces..far superior than Alma lasers and light sheer is old technology.

05.24 | Unregistered CommenterDr leena

Hello

I am new to this and looking to go into hair removal,, I am looking to buy the saprana xl or the Harmany XL, as it treat all skin types and is pain free. Can anyone advise on which is better and if there are any better ones out ther. I intend to focus on all skin types specificly asian skins.

10.8 | Unregistered CommenterSaj

I have been using the Soprano since 3 years now. The results are amazing. Our patients are satisfied after they try it and compare how less painful it is to other lasers. I usually ask them to bring a book with them if they are treating larger areas, since they are not tense during the treatment. I would recommend it. I have used Candela lasers for hair removal, yes they are very effective as well, only after a while the patients tolerance for pain is less (especially when treating large areas) and they start asking me to pause which increases the treatment time.

11.17 | Unregistered CommenterCam

I have a small laser clinic & have been using an Italian General Project IPL, for the past 5 years, which I must say is almost painless & has fantastic results. I am doing some research now into my next purchase as I was considering a Soprano, but I have just found out that they are 70k. Can anyone recommend a great system at a lower price tag?? Thank you in anticipation

11.17 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

I am looking to get Laser Hair removal done on my chest and abs. I am asian/indian origin. I was wondering if I should use Alma Soprano laser or Nd:Yag for best results for the money. I understand the Nd:yag is painful at times, but agian, no pain no gain. I am looking for best result and permanent result for the money I spend.
please advice.
thanks

01.17 | Unregistered CommenterLHRforGuys

Please i need advice on which system to purchase, Harmony XL or the saprano diode technology for laser hair removal
Does any one have any experience on comparing both of them. Harmony is a platform, but really I think i will use hair removal the most , and saprano is a dedicated hair removal laser, both cost about the same.
But based on the technology comparing AFT to Diode, which is better for results/safety for darer skin types, are both equaly good?
thanks

10.24 | Unregistered Commenterdermmom

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