The Evolution of Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has evolved to meet the growing demand for reducing unwanted body hair.

Hair removal is a lucrative and growing industry. According to Gillette, in 2002 men and women spent $8 billion on razor blades to remove unwanted hair in the United States. The average male spends more than one month of his lifetime shaving his beard and women spend hundreds of hours shaving away unwanted hairs. In general, women begin shaving at a slightly younger age than men, however they shave an area nine times as large.

Shaving has existed for thousands of years and technological advancements have meant that humans can speed up the hair removal process using precise laser technology. Today, laser hair removal is the third most popular nonsurgical medical procedure in the United States. In 1995 the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) approved the first laser hair removal device, the Nd:YAG. Similar to the Candela Gentle YAG, this device is primarily used for patients with darker skin because the light penetrates deeper into the dermis, lessening the chances of hyperpigmentation. In the early 2000’s many other lasers were cleared for use, including ruby, alexandrite and diode lasers. The Candela GentleLASE is Laseraid’s most advanced 755 nm alexandrite laser and has been proven to be highly effective in permanently reducing unwanted hair.

Comfort during laser hair removal has also evolved over time. Initially, comfort was a big issue and patients were often administered topical numbing creams. Today, there are cooling tips and attachments to ease any pain or discomfort during treatment. Laseraid offers the Zimmer Cryo Cooling tip as an attachment to all of its Candela Laser products. The Candela GentleLASE also offers a large 18mm spot size, ensuring that treatments can be finished in minutes instead of hours. Larger spot sizes are also more effective in reducing the amount of unwanted hair.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *