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What Laser Is Used for Hair Removal?

by Rebecca Laskowitz
  • Overview

    Managing hair growth is a growing concern for men and women.
    Hair removal is becoming increasingly popular among men and women. Laser hair removal is one way to go about it---but there are certain things to know before spending money on this costly process.
  • Identification

    Laser hair removal uses a pulsating beam of light to destroy hair follicles. The light beam passes through the skin to destroy the unwanted hair.
  • Function

    Melanin is the dark pigment in hair that is targeted by the laser light. The intense heat from the light destroys the hair follicle.
  • Expert Insight

    Because the laser is a prescription device, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it must be operated by, or under the supervision of, a licensed practitioner.
  • Side Effects

    The laser used in laser hair removal can cause side effects like blistering, swelling and scarring. Sunlight can also exacerbate these negative side effects.
  • FDA Approval

    Laser manufacturers must have their lasers approved and cleared by the FDA. The FDA has set up a database containing the names of all lasers cleared for hair removal. To search the database, you need to know the manufacturer or device name of the laser.

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