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The Battle To Be Bare

By: Louis Silberman
Posted: January 30, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Laser hair removal has come a long way since the introduction of the procedure in the late 1990s. Developments in laser and light-based technology now allow for the safe and effective treatment of many different skin types, although laser and IPL hair removal clients should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Pros. They offer permanent hair reduction, are safe for many skin types and can be used to treat large areas.

Cons. Burning or hyperpigmentation may occur, the treated area will be sensitive immediately following treatment, and white or light-colored hair cannot be treated.

Radio frequency and IPL hair removal

This method of hair removal uses a combination of radio frequency energy and IPL to selectively target and damage hair follicles. The absorption of radio frequency is not dependent on melanin, so this combination can treat a wider range of skin and hair types than laser hair removal. Each treatment typically results in less hair growing back, as well as a lightening of the hair color. On average, six-to-eight treatments are required for maximum hair reduction. Lighter-colored hair usually requires more treatments than darker hair.

Pros. It can be used on all skin types, large areas can be treated, and it can result in permanent hair reduction.