Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Hair removal facts
- What are the different types of hair?
- What are the pros and cons of electrolysis?
- What are the pros and cons of laser hair removal?
- What are the pros and cons of shaving?
- What are the pros and cons of depilatory creams?
- What are the pros and cons of sugaring and waxing?
- What are the pros and cons of plucking and tweezing?
- What are the pros and cons of twist-threading?
- Do any prescription medications or products stop hair growth?
- Which hair-removal method provides the longest lasting results?
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
Hair removal facts
- Hair is composed of protein.
- Hair appearance can be a sign of one's age and health.
- Hair protects the skin and head against trauma and ultraviolet light.
- Hair insulates the skin against temperature changes and is a barrier to foreign objects.
- Removing hair is almost always done for perceived cosmetic or social reasons.
- Certain hair-removal techniques can damage the skin and produce dark spots that may last a long time.
- Depilation is hair removal above the level of the pore (follicular opening).
- Epilation is the damaging of both the hair and the hair bulb below the level of the skin surface.
What are the different types of hair?
All hair is dead protein. Hair's superficial appearance depends upon its anatomical location. Fine poorly pigmented hair tends to grow on certain parts of the face like the upper cheeks and forehead. Thick darker hairs grow on the edges of the eyelids and brows, the male jaw-line, the scalp, nostrils, and pubic areas. These characteristics often change as one ages. The palms, soles, and the red portion of the lips do not have hair or hair follicles.
What are the pros and cons of electrolysis?
Electrolysis procedures involve threading a thin wire into a single follicle and then applying an electric current. Depending on the nature of the device, the hair follicle is destroyed either by the production of heat or sodium hydroxide. This process is painful and requires each follicle to be treated individually so that it is quite time-consuming. Multiple treatments of a follicle are often necessary to achieve permanent destruction. Pigmentation at the site of treatment is common. Since each follicle is treated individually, electrolysis of large areas is quite arduous.
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