Though hair removal lasers weren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) until 1997, the process of using pulses of laser light to destroy the hair follicle dates back to the mid-1960s, when researchers first described ruby-laser injury to pigmented hair follicles.
Twenty years later, further research revealed that by using a laser of a particular wavelength and pulse duration, a target could be destroyed selectively without damaging the surrounding tissue. This was especially important, since the early lasers were capable of only short wavelengths—which heated up both the hair follicle and the skin surrounding it.
Over the years, the technology has advanced considerably. Today, diode array lasers—with longer wavelengths and pulse duration—and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy are used throughout the country in laser hair removal procedures, including here at Jasmine Laser Clinic. In addition to hair removal, IPL is used with great success to treat fungus, reduce spider veins, and to minimize the look of dark spots.
Laser hair removal is ideal for men and women who want to permanently eliminate hair. It targets dark pigment, which is why it works best on people with pale skin and coarse hair; however, anyone with any skin tone or hair color can have laser hair removal done.
Laser hair removal can be performed just about anywhere on the body, with the exception of the eye area. It’s most commonly performed on the: