Laser Hair Removal

Lasers can play a part in the hair removal arsenal, especially for areas too large to practically treat with electrolysis. It is purported to work best on people with dark hair and light skin since the mechanism of action is selective photothermolysis in which the melanin in the hair absorbs the laser light and the heat generated can destroy the papilla. This only works if the hair is actively growing, so a series of treatments is necessary and leads only to a permanent reduction of hair in the treated area. Electrolysis can be used to treat regrowths in the area previously treated by lasers.

Those thinking of getting laser treatments should research thoroughly.  The FDA states:

… manufacturers may not claim that laser hair removal is either painless or permanent unless the FDA determines that there are sufficient data to demonstrate such results. Several manufacturers received FDA permission to claim, “permanent reduction,” NOT “permanent removal” for their lasers.

 Read the rest of  FDA’s position on laser hair removal.