Laser Hair Removal The Movement From Laser To Razor

Laser Hair Removal The Movement From Laser To Razor

Laser Hair Removal The Movement From Laser To Razor

Laser 101

  • The term ‘laser’ is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
  • Laser lights does not exist naturally
    -it can only be produced by human technology

From Science To The Spa

  • 1920s
    Theory behind the development of the laser was advanced in the 1920s, but an actual laser would not be produced for many years.
  • 1960s
    The first lasers produced a continuous beam of light. In the 1960s, Dr. Leon Goldman developed a device known as a Q switch that could turn tha laser on and off in controlled pulses.
  • 1980s
    Laser technology continued to improve and in the 1980s began to be used successfully for removing birthmarks. Researchers noticed the treated area lost its hair, which didn’t grow back. The first commercial lasers that removed hair were introduced during this period.
  • 1995
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the soft light laser for the removal of hair. This laser produces light with a neodymium ytrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) crystal. The soft light laser relied on a lotion containing carbon that was rubbed into the skin to make the hair darker.
  • 1997
    The FDA approved commercial lasers for “permanent hair reduction.”
  • 2011
    1.1 Million Americans received laser hair removal treatments.

Some Smooth Statistics

  • Laser hair removal is the 4th most popular cosmetic minimally-invasive procedure among American women.
    It is the 2nd most popular American men
  • The number of laser hair removal procedures in the U.S. increased 47% between 2000 and 2011
  • A 10-25% reduction in hair growth can be expected with each laser removal treatment.
  • Laser treatments are most effective for individuals with lighter skin and dark hair.
  • After 3-5 treatments, 90% of patients report permanent hair loss in the treated area.


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