New treatments can help the estimated 41 million women in this country who suffer from unwanted hair.
Dr. Emily Senay talked toThe Early Show about two new methods of controlling or removing excess hair.
In 1996, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Gillette Company formed a partnership to develop and market a topical prescription treatment for women with unwanted hair.
Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved their product, Vaniqa, and it will be available to the public by prescription in September.
But Vaniqa is not the only breakthrough in hair removal. Another advancement has been made in laser treatment. The Coherent Medical Group introduced the LightSheer XC at the American Academy of Dermatology's 58th annual meeting.
Based on studies by Dr. Eliot F. Battle Jr. at the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine at Harvard University, the company produced a new laser that is able to reduce hair growth without causing burns and skin discoloration in dark skinned-patients.
More information on these topics are available at the following Web sites:
- Bristol-Myers Squibb
- The American Academy of Dermatology
- Coherent Medical Group
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