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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46  

Threading: A timeless method for facial hair maintenance and potential complications

1 Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
2 Yale Primary Care, Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, USA
3 Yale University School of Medicine, Adult Primary Care Center, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Date of Web Publication12-May-2012

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Barry Ladizinski
Duke University Medical Center, Box 3294, Durham, North Carolina 27710
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.96092

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Ladizinski B, Ganta N, Mathur J. Threading: A timeless method for facial hair maintenance and potential complications. Int J Trichol 2012;4:46

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Threading is an ancient Eastern form of epilation (removal of the entire hair by the root) that has recently gained significant popularity in the West. Threading originated in India and migrated to the Middle East and China, where the practice was usually reserved for special occasions. Today, threading is commonly used as an alternative to other forms of epilation (e.g., plucking, waxing, sugaring, lasering, electrolysis), depilation (e.g., shaving, trimming, chemical hair removal), and bleaching, for maintenance of unwanted facial hair. [1] The precise technique involves rapidly rotating a twisted loop of thin thread across the skin to entrap hair [Figure 1]a and b, with the option of removing a single hair or multiple hairs simultaneously. [1] Although considered fairly safe, rarely reported dermatologic side effects include folliculitis, pseudofolliculitis, molluscum contagiosum, verruca plana, hyperpigmentation and vitiligo koebnerization, stressing the significance of proper technique, disposable threads, and sterilization of reusable materials. [1],[2]
Figure 1: (a) Threading is commonly employed at beauty salons for eyebrow hair removal and shaping. Initially, one end of thread is anchored, usually in the teeth of the operator, while the other end, which is coiled multiple times, glides over and entraps unwanted hairs. This maneuver is used to remove multiple hairs simultaneously with one swift pull. b) Subsequently, the skin surrounding the eyebrow is held steady for more precise shaping and removal of single hairs. Maintaining tautness not only eases the extraction process, but is also thought to reduce pain associated with the procedure.

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The authors kindly acknowledge Julia Tsyvin for her photographic contribution.

   References Top

1.Barba A, Baumann LS, Welsh EC.(May 27, 2008). "Nonlaser Hair Removal Techniques." Medscape Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2011. Available from: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1067139-overview#a1. [Last cited on 2011 Nov 06].  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Ghosh SK, Bandyopadhyay D. Molluscum contagiosum after eyebrow shaping: A beauty salon hazard. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2009;34:e339-40.  Back to cited text no. 2


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