Laser hair removal is one of the most common non-surgical procedures performed in the United States. Excessive, unwanted hair can be seen in all ages, ethnicities and skin types and lasers can help provide a permanent reduction in hair growth. Professional and home-based laser and light systems are both currently available, with professional systems including the 694 nm ruby laser, 755 nm Alexandrite laser, the 800 nm diode laser, the long-pulsed 1,064 nm Neodymium doped: yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser, intense pulsed light (IPL), and radiofrequency. While generally safe, side effects from laser hair removal are possible and should only be used by trained medical professionals after performing a thorough history and physical examination. This chapter will provide a succinct approach to laser hair removal, including but not limited to available modalities, patient selection, reported side effects and management of care.
- Hair removal
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