Hair removal terms: W

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Wart: a viral infection of the skin characterized by rough raised bumps. Warts can be spread by electrolysis and laser, so infected areas should not be treated.

Watt: a unit of power equivalent to one Joule per second.

Waxing: a common method of epilation using hot or cold wax applied to the skin and pressing strips of cloth or paper into the wax. When the strips are pulled away, they remove most hairs by the roots. Can be doine at home or in a salon.

White skin: generally responds with less side effects to laser and electrolysis than other skin types.

Working point: the point at which energy used in laser or electrolysis is just under the patients skin and pain tolerance, allowing for most effective treatment.

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