chapter  7
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Laser Hair Removal

BySuzanne L. Kilmer

Although the very first laser destruction of hair was noted in the early 1960s by Leon Goldman with a ruby laser (1), its importance went unnoticed; it was not until the mid-1990s that the laser hair removal craze began. Ironically, it was carried out was through the use of a Q-switched 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser purportedly aided by a topical carbon suspension to facilitate absorption of laser light in the hair follicles (2,3). Although this method was later disproved (4,5), the widespread popularity of potentially permanent hair removal with lasers had become appreciated.