International Journal of Trichology

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-

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


Barry Ladizinski1, Niharika Ganta2, Jay Mathur3,  
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

Correspondence Address:
Barry Ladizinski
Duke University Medical Center, Box 3294, Durham, North Carolina 27710
USA




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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;4:46-46


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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}

 Acknowledgment



The authors kindly acknowledge Julia Tsyvin for her photographic contribution.

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