Now, the laser hair removal still needs some limitations and can certainly be improved. However, it has certainly come a long way and we think that they’re doing fine – especially the Candela machine that we use at Satori Laser.
The U.S. FDA cleared the first laser for hair removal in 1995 with the hope it would penetrate the hair follicle for permanent hair reduction. Results quickly proved otherwise as the treatment was soon diagnosed as ineffective with full re-growth of all hair. In 1998, the U.S. FDA cleared the first cosmetic laser to target melanin in hair follicles. This type of permanent hair reduction was only available to individuals with light skin tones. At the time, only a limited number of laser light wavelengths had been approved, all of which were damaging to darker skin tones because of their inability to safely target only the melanin in hair shafts.
This prevented many darker-skinned individuals from taking advantage of the latest high-tech beauty trend. Since that time, cosmetic lasers have progressed into precision tools with the ability to project light from across the light spectrum in a variety of new ways. The roles of melanin and hair growth are clearly defined throughout laser hair removal, making laser hair removal treatments much safer and more effective for ethnic skin tones.