Individuals may seek laser hair removal because of excess hair induced by genetics or associated medical conditions. More commonly, laser hair removal patients simply have unwanted hair that would be considered normal in distribution and density. Yet, these individuals for emotional, social, cultural, cosmetic, or other reasons want the hair to be removed. Also, individuals with pseudofolliculitis barbae, a relatively common disorder seen with coarse, curly hairs that occurs in glabrous skin, often seek laser hair removal.
The ideal candidate for laser hair removal is a dark-haired, fair-skinned individual with little melanin within the overlying epidermis. Such patients tolerate the use of more effective higher fluences and relatively shorter wavelengths. In darker-skinned individuals it may be preferable to utilize a longer wavelength laser device. Epidermal protection is also afforded by utilizing longer pulse durations and active cooling.
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