Laser Hair Removal
Laser technology has been applied to several areas of health care; eyesight, cancer treatment, surgery, and now, skin treatments. Laser hair removal is a simple and tried procedure that benefits anyone interested in long-term to permanent elimination of hair.
- The area must first be waxed to remove hair, clear hair follicles, and open pores.
- Carbon-based lotion applied to the area allows absorption of the Nd:YAG laser that is then scanned over the area. This laser uses a garnet as its medium, which allows deeper penetration of the skin tissue and disables the hair follicles.
- The size of the treated area will determine the duration of the treatment. It can take from a few minutes to several hours.
- Preventive measures are taken to avoid infection during healing, and the patient is advised to avoid sunlight during this time.
Plucking, tweezing, waxing, and shaving are temporary solutions to the removal of unwanted hair. Controlling and/or removing hair has been a human activity for millennia. Only recently has permanent hair removal been possible. Electrolysis was the most technologically advanced procedure for removing hair until the laser was implemented for this purpose.
Electrolysis involves inserting a needle into hair follicles individually and passing electric current through it. This is painful and very time consuming, requiring regular treatments, even for very small areas. Laser hair removal treatment involves significantly less time and pain or discomfort.
The Food and Drug Administration approved laser treatment for hair removal in 1995. The ThermoLase Softlight laser was manufactured by Thermotrex Corporation, a company based in San Diego, California. The technology was already in use for removing tattoos and treating skin lesions, but is now used in combination with a topical solution that penetrates hair follicles when heated by the scanning laser.
The 20th century saw more and more women shaving and waxing unwanted hair from their legs and underarms. The removal of unwanted facial hair was a given, especially for areas around the upper lip, neck, and chin. As the century and fashion progressed, more and more areas of the body became fair game to less hair and smoother skin underneath, like the bikini area and the extreme Brazilian.
The 21st century is incorporating more and more men into hair removal. It’s not just about what men seek in women anymore. Women also have preferences for smooth-skinned men. In this age of metro sexual attitudes, men can enjoy less hair as well. Smooth backs, chests, and even pubic areas are encouraged by both sexes, and laser hair removal is a great way to eliminate unwanted hair for the longest periods of time.