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Book and New Media Reviews
February 2002

Laser Hair Removal

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(2):279-280. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.2.279

Laser Hair Removal is a well-constructed monograph that comprehensively explains and reviews currently available technologies in laser hair reduction. It is divided into 3 main sections. The first section deals with hair biology and laser physics, the second reviews each respective laser technology, and the third describes effective marketing of a laser practice.

The first chapter describes the relevant biological concepts in laser hair removal. Particular attention is given to the location and role of follicular stem cells, and the author summarizes our current knowledge of the hair growth cycle. The chapter also examines the potential for regrowth of transplanted follicles based on the level of sectioning. Definitions of "permanence" are discussed, and the relationship between growth cycle and optimization of laser treatments is outlined. Finally, there is a short discussion of hirsutism and its causes.

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