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Hair Removal History
Cultural beauty standards have dictated what was done, if anything, with body hair. Romans shaved with razors made from flint, tweezers and stones. Queen Elizabeth used walnut oil and bandages soaked in ammonia and vinegar to remove eyebrows and forehead hair -- creating an elongated appearance sought-after by Elizabethans.
More revealing fashion and a wartime shortage of nylon used to make pantyhose ushered in women's razors, creams and eventually more "permanent" procedures like electrolysis to eliminate unwanted hair.
Root of a Hairy Problem
Hairs are produced in a sac-like structure ("follicle"). During the active growth phase, cells in the roots of the hair divide rapidly. As new hair is formed, it pushes dormant hair up and out of the follicle. Hair on the arms, legs, eyelashes, eyebrows and other areas is generally much shorter than scalp hair because the growth phase in these areas is significantly shorter.
Unwanted hair is known as "hirsutism." In most cases, excess hair is hereditary and shows up more in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian populations. It can also have a medical cause; for example, women normally produce low levels of the male hormone androgen. But sometimes as women enter menopause the hormones go out-of-whack with androgen overpowering estrogen.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, and thyroid conditions are among those disorders associated with hirsutism.
After ruling out any medical conditions that may need treatment, you have at your disposal shaving, a temporary solution that may actually cause hair to grow back thicker. Plucking and waxing are cost-effective, but can be painful. Creams may be applied to remove excess hair, but they too are a short-term answer and can have a bad odor.
Traditionally, a more permanent solution came by way of electrolysis, which uses a needle to administer an electrical charge that eliminates each hair follicle separately. While an effective process, it’s also painful and costly.
Unwanted Hair Removal Toronto
We have a better way. The professionals at Dermatology on Bloor use a leading brand of laser, Cutera NG YAG, to remove annoying and embarrassing hairs effortlessly. Using CoolGlide technology to first prepare and soothe the skin for treatment, an intense pulsing beam of light is applied, passing through the skin to the follicle. Intense heat from the laser damages the follicle, stopping future growth.
While it can be used in pretty much every area except around the eye, is it the most effective laser for all skin types! Traditionally could only treat dark hair light skin, now we can treat all combinations - except white, grey, or blonde hair.
That said, advances have been made for people with darker skin and options are being explored for white, gray and red hair.
Periodic maintenance may be required, though when hair does grow back it's typically much finer and lighter.
Side effects are minimal; skin irritation and pigment changes typically subside after a few hours. The latter dark and light splotches can happen if an incorrect laser is used or an incorrect setting, underscoring the need for trained professionals like those at Dermatology on Bloor.
We can empower you with ideas to get the most out of your treatment before and after. Phone our helpful and experienced team in Toronto at 416-922-6869.
We put academic qualifications, many years of combined experience, and training in a variety of special interest areas to work for your healthy, radiant skin. Our providers – Drs. Schachter, Hanna, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack, and Taradash – welcome new patients for treatment at the Dermatology on Bloor practice on Park Road in Toronto. Our team is here to serve your needs
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Dermatology on Bloor has been recognized by Consumer's Choice as a top cosmetic dermatology clinic in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014