Since the 1990s when laser hair removal first hit the market, many have been racing to improve the technology. With a process known as “selective photothermolysis,” wherein hair is heated at the follicle while not affecting the surrounding skin, getting rid of unwanted hair has been getting safer and easier with time. But the big advances are just around the corner, with huge strides taking place so far this year alone and the promise of bigger leaps in the near future.
Advances in health-centered laser hair removal continue to take a clinical form. Many clients turn to the professionals to ensure that the procedure is done in a safe environment. The most recent advances try to make adjustments in wavelengths and pulse widths to better suit different skin types, resulting in less pain or burning with more permanent results. Just as there are different skin tones and hair types, there are specific lasers designed with those tones and types in mind. These lasers have names according to their wave and lens attributes. For example, the Nd: YAG 1064nm is adjusted to darker skin tones. Medical professionals are trained to match each patient with the optimal laser design.
Even though the guarantee of safety matters to many consumers, it just may be that the convenience of portable laser hair removal products will win the race. This method has much to offer in terms of variety. A consumer would pick a specific type of laser, usually denoted on the side of the box much like modern hair dye products, and take the perishable mini-gun home where they can personally remove the hair by the square inch. Because doing the process yourself can be painstaking, the leading home product will be the one with the fastest removal rate.
While doing the procedure yourself at home is convenient, and scheduling an appointment is safe, neither offer the guarantee of uniformity like robotic-assisted laser hair removal. Studies are still under way, but the future of the industry may not be in the hands of humans at all. Statistics are showing an overall spike in efficiency with this method, providing both faster and safer removal than home or scheduled procedures. The method is guided by a program that can retune its laser to specific regions of the human body, taking into account both contour and tone of the individual. The effect is a smoother removal. Not only this, but it is more permanent that the home-based option, which performs poorly in comparison with a high level of hair regrowth.
However, it is up to the consumer to decide. Robotic-assisted laser hair removal also requires an appointment, and the procedure is sure to be more costly. So the pros may prove to outweigh the cons for the average buyer. Either way, in the next few years we will see a different, less hairy landscape.