The Latest in Laser Hair Removal
I'm on a bunch of email lists, some directly shaving-related, and some only distantly. One of them recently provided the following information on the latest state of laser hair removal. While I really don't know much about this procedure, it's totally fascinating, and I'm sure we'll all be shaving with the Gillette Zappette 3000 within ten years.
So this information is attributed to a "Dr. Kaplan", who might be this Dr. Harold J. Kaplan. (Not 100% sure.)
Laser is now considered the most effective way to remove hair. It is quick, covers large areas, and is readily available. However, until recently, it worked only on dark hair, and could not be used on olive or black skin because it could lighten the skin. This has now changed.
The newest Lasers can now be used for all ethnic types and skin colors, including Asian, Black, and Hispanic. In addition, blonde hair can now be treated as well. I believe the Sciton laser is one of the best lasers to treat all skin types and hair colors.
Another problem with lasers was that they could not remove gray or white hair. So women, who had mostly pigmented hairs, but some gray hairs too, would still have their gray hairs remaining after laser treatment. This has now changed also. A recent study looked at using Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in women who wanted hair removal, but had some gray or white hairs. Using Levulan, and activating it with Intense Pulse Light, effective hair removal of terminal white hairs was achieved. However, white peach fuzz hairs did not respond to treatment
Here are some links to Levulan, the Sciton laser, and Photodynamic Therapy. Lot's of reading ahead of you if you're thinking about this. Not a lot of agreement.
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at March 7, 2007 8:35 AM