Laser hair removal is a process of hair removal by which the hair follicle is destroyed by means of exposure to pulses of laser light, performed experimentally for about twenty years before becoming commercially available in the mid-1990s. Laser hair removal is widely practiced in clinics

It was discovered that it is possible to selectively target a specific chromophore with a laser to partially damage basal stem cells inside the hair follicles. This method has proved to be successful and was first applied in 1996 and approved by the FDA in 1997. As this technology continues to be researched, laser hair removal becomes more effective and efficient and is now a common method in removing hair for long periods of time.