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Hair removal techniques

There are many reasons why men and women choose to remove unwanted body hair. Excess body hair may be undesirable and in many instances cause embarrassment and low self esteem.

Some medical indications for hair removal include:

There are basically 3 types of hair removal methods: temporary hair removal, temporary hair reduction and permanent hair removal. Within each method a number of different techniques are used to achieve hair removal or reduction.

Temporary Hair Removal Techniques Temporary Hair Reduction Techniques Permanent Hair Removal Techniques
Chemical depilation
  • Plucking
  • Waxing
  • Threading
  • Abrasives
  • Sugaring
Eflornithine HCl cream
Intense pulsed light sources
  • Galvanic
  • Thermolysis

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Author: Vanessa Ngan, staff writer

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