Patent Number: 6,168,590

Title: Method for permanent hair removal

Abstract: A method for permanently removing hair utilizes the hair shaft and hair ducts to transmit light into the tissue sustaining the hair follicle, thereby permanently destroying or modifying the tissue in a manner which desirably mitigates hair growth. The method includes the steps of covering the patient's skin area with a high reflectance substance so as to substantially protect all skin components other than those sustaining the hair. The hair is optionally shaved or pulled out, and then the skin is illuminated with either a large-area electromagnetic radiation field for simultaneous destruction of multiple hair-follicles, or alternatively with a tightly-focused beam which destroys one hair at a time. Optionally, the beam may be rapidly scanned so as to destroy single hairs quickly in succession. The surrounding skin region is left substantially free of injury. This mitigates pain and enhances post hair removal healing.

Inventors: Neev; Joseph (Laguna Beach, CA)

Assignee: Y-Beam Technologies, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 18/20 (20060101); A61B 18/00 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61N 5/06 (20060101); A61B 017/36 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018