How Laser Hair Removal Was Invented

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Beauty tech is a multimillion-dollar industry. And when it comes to body hair, figuring out how to get rid of unwanted hair can be an obsession — waxing, tweezing, threading.

But laser hair removal is one of the most popular noninvasive cosmetic procedures in the country. Last year it was performed over 1 million times.

It turns out the person who invented laser hair removal — Dr. Rox Anderson — is based here in Boston, at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Aarti Shahani, tech reporter on NPR's business desk. She tweets @aarti411.

Richard Rox Anderson, professor of dermatology at ‎Harvard Medical School, director of the MGH Laser Center and co-founder and scientific advisor of Seventh Sense Biosystems, Inc.

This segment aired on November 21, 2017.

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Asma Khalid formerly led WBUR's BostonomiX, a biz/tech team covering the innovation economy.



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