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Hair Removal

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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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/13/2016


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