Physical means of treating unwanted hair

Dermatol Ther. Sep-Oct 2008;21(5):392-401. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2008.00220.x.


Unwanted facial and body hair is a common problem, generating a high level of interest for treatment innovations. A wide range of modalities for the management of unwanted hair have been advocated over the years with varying degrees of clinical success. Most recently, lasers and light sources have been used to address this problem with improved clinical success rates in properly selected patients. The full range of temporary and permanent hair removal techniques will be outlined in this review of physical means of treating unwanted hair.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electrolysis
  • Hair Removal / methods*
  • Hirsutism / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Lasers