This seems like a child’s riddle but it is not one. In this case, can we handle being thick and bountiful on one part of our bodies but invisible on another? Can we spend billions both to encourage and discourage?
Although hair is beautiful on our heads, it can be disgusting just about any place else. Complicated is how a professor of psychology at a Pennsylvania college describes it to be. If you see people and then you ask them about shaving, chances are they will tell you that they do it because you’re supposed to.
When it comes to questioning all the standards of attractiveness except for body hair, this is a given and this is still true in the 1990s.
Considering how new, high technology methods of getting rid of unwanted hair are entering the medical marketplace, this may be truer than ever. Here, the first laser hair removal system was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in April 1995 when the hair removal market has been in a state of agitation.
What happened here was that the arguments between purveyors of different ways to get rid of hair like electrolysis vs.lasers or lasers vs.different kinds of lasers for example played out through Web sites and advertisements. At stake are the dollars Americans spend to dispatch with hair they deem undesirable, variously estimated from $2 billion to $5 billion a year.
Men use lasers for their simian backs while women use these to get rid of their facial hair and bikini lines. People, who hate their nubby armpits, regret their hair transplants or those who want smooth bodies to cut down on wind resistance during sports use lasers because they save time and are convenient.
What a substantial group of transsexuals in Northern California wants is to achieve various degrees of hairlessness. For medicine, it is becoming ever more market driven and so laser hair removal has been a way for dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and even spa owners to reach this eager clientele.
Those who have found themselves fielding questions from patients who’ve read about laser hair removal and want to know if it’s worth it are doctors who have worked with other lasers for nearly 20 years.
With some time to think, one doctor decided to invest in a laser system. He began to offer treatments afterwards. Considering how the entire industry is gearing up for this like you can’t believe, he said that it must definitely be a huge market.
For the selling points when it comes to laser hair removal, it causes less pain and takes less time than electrolysis, which kills individual hair follicles with an electric current delivered by a very fine needle.
Countering that their treatment isn’t as painful as its reputation holds and that theirs is the only permanent form of hair removal are the proponents of electrolysis. Sharing the same principle but working differently are the different hair removal lasers.
Necessary when it comes to the first laser to be approved, manufactured, and heavily marketed is the skin being waxed and the excess being wiped away. In this case, the skin remains unharmed but as the laser passes over it the carbon left in the hair follicles are heated damaging them.
What other hair removal systems use are long pulse ruby or alexandrite lasers and these don’t require waxing or a carbon based lotion. What happens here is that the light from the laser is aimed at the skin passing through it until it strikes pigment in brown or black hair.
What causes injury to the hair follicle is the light which turns to heat. Because skin also contains melanin, lasers may not work as well on dark skin, which may undergo changes in pigmentation, or on very light skin, which may not have enough melanin to start the process.
By John Chambers