Laser hair removal

Jennifer A. Ledon, Jessica A. Savas, Kaitlein Franca, Keyvan Nouri

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Lasers in Dermatology
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781447153221
ISBN (Print)9781447153214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Hair removal
  • Hirsutism
  • Hypertrichosis
  • Lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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