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Photoepilator Permanent Hair Removal

Light energy is used in photoepilator permanent hair removal. This commercial device was brought in to existence from research into laser hair removal.

Background and history

It is just like a story if you probe into the historical evolution of photoepilator permanent hair removal device. History has it that in 1969, one company by name Gregory Systems started this. But they abandoned it halfway because they came to the conclusion that the treatment using the device would not be permanent. However, Omricon Systems, another company carried forward the manufacture of the device.

They were able to market it in 1971 but the problems with probes made the company stop production in 1972 which led to a lawsuit. The case was settled out of court with the company paying money to the owners and getting back the machines. Omricon systems was able to resell the machines to a Carol Block of Illinois whose company sold the machines until 1990, when the FDA sent a warning letter to the company. Finally, in 1999 the FDA issued clearance to one company called Jennifer Maxx Inc. for manufacture and marketing of photoepilators under the name "Thermalight."

How it works

Photoepilator Photoepilators use a burst of filtered light aiming at one hair at a time. After the focus of the light, the hair is tweezed. Like any laser and light instrument, the light used in the device is targeted against the blood and melanin pigments in the hair and make them heat up. To enable this process to complete, fibreoptic probes were inserted in to the hair follicle and through them light was flashed.

The earlier versions of the machines had problems with the disposability of the probes after use and the size of them fitting into the follicles. This was eliminated in the latest versions by making the fiber-optic wire held above the follicles.

Photoepilator permanent hair removal is comparatively a slow and time-consuming process as light needs to be applied to each individual hair separately. Again, for permanent hair removal of a larger area, it remains a somewhat expensive alternative. So, the photoepilation can be useful in smaller areas where you would usually tweeze or pluck.

Claims and counter claims

As with any device, there are claims and counter claims about the usability of the device. While there are claims that it is safe and causes less pain and side effects compared to tweezing, there are counter claims that it is an expensive and slow process. But there is no clinical data published so far to support any of the claims.

The photoepilator permanent hair removal method is not used as often as electrolysis, lasers, or even flash lamps. This is because this method is very time consuming because of the need to remove individual hairs at a time.

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