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Hair Removal Methods:
Laser Hair Removal Overview

Andrea James

Laser hair removal is done by beaming a specified wavelength of light from a handpiece into the skin, where it targets dark material (usually the pigment in hair). This is intended to cause thermal and/or mechanical damage to a hair follicle while sparing surrounding tissues. Some consumers experience permanent hair reduction, but there are limited data on how often that occurs, how long hair reduction usually lasts, and how much reduction is typical.

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Additional Information

Due to the complicated issues surrounding this hair removal method, I have divided this into several sections. If you're researching a specific laser type or issue, you can go right to that topic. For a more thorough review, I recommend reading the pages in order.

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Ms. James is a Chicago-based writer and consumer activist who owns hairfacts.com.

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This page was posted on August 21, 2001.