Hair removal has come a long way in the past century. From the introduction of electrolysis in the 1920s, to the development of Nair in the 1940s, to the computerization of electrolysis equipment in the early 1980s, and on to 1995 FDA approval of a laser hair removal, there’s no doubt that individuals everywhere continue to seek better ways to remove unwanted hair. Perhaps the greatest step forward in hair removal in recent years has been the improvement of laser hair removal technologies. Laser hair removal is likely to continue to propel the industry in coming years. So, what might this future of hair removal look like?
Laser technologies have already overcome significant barriers to hair removal, such as achieving hair removal for individuals with difficult hair colors, skin types, and coarseness. And laser hair removal treatments have even become available for at-home use through products like the TRIA system. Of course, TRIA has its drawbacks, such as a less powerful laser beam, and also risk of injury when users perform the method on themselves. We are likely to see improvement in safety and strength of at-home laser hair removal systems in the future.
The most immediate hair removal developments will likely emerge from radiofrequency technology, combined with laser light. Photoradiotherapy combines light energy and radiofrequency electrical energy, and can be used to zap the hair follicle. Because the radiofrequency energy is not sensitive to skin or hair color, it could be a great solution for white, gray and blonde hairs.
Along with technology advancements, hair removal devices will likely become more and more sophisticated. It would be a huge step forward for hair removal specialists to use one device to deliver different types of energy depending on the hair of the individual. In fact, a highly sophisticated device may eventually be able to automatically test an individual’s hair and adjust itself to the appropriate type of energy to best remove the type of hair! This may seem far-fetched now, but such a device would be extremely useful and may someday become a reality.
Maybe the future will even hold a device that removes hair follicles in large skin sections at once. Rather than a practitioner having to individually target each hair follicle, a sophisticated machine could remove multiple hair follicles at once, decreasing the amount of time and effort needed to remove unwanted body hair. Imagine going in for a treatment, and having your entire leg treated in an instant.
For now, it’s great to know that highly effective alternatives to waxing, shaving, and depilatory creams are available to reduce unwanted hair growth. It is exciting to consider the ways that technological developments will enable the hair removal industry to progress, and make hair removal even easier for patients.
To learn more about how far laser hair removal has already come and how it might work for you, contact us to arrange a free consultation with a local laser hair removal specialist.