People in the Renaissance era and ancient Egypt made a paste with arsenic and quicklime to remove hair. In the 1940s, some people tried sandpaper to scrub away hair. Laser hair removal became available in the mid-1990s.
In the 1890s, a doctor first tried transferring fat to fill a hollow spot on the face. In the mid-1900s, silicone injections were used, which led to granulomas. By the 1970s, a range of animal collagens had been tried with the first collagen filler gaining FDA approval in 1981. The FDA approved a variety of dermal fillers in the 2000s.
In the 1500s, Elizabethan women put raw meat on their faces to fight wrinkles. In 1889, Frownies, a type of tape designed to hold the skin taut, hit the market. In 2002, the FDA approved BOTOX® to treat wrinkles around the mouth.
In the Victorian era, facials with a mixture of white lead and vinegar were used to whiten skin. In the early 1900s, radium-based cosmetics and radium-infused masks became popular. By the 1950s, day spas were offering paraffin treatments and steam facials.
The first CO2 laser became available in the mid-1960s, kicking off decades of innovation in cosmetic laser treatments. Early lasers treated damaged skin cells and facial wrinkles. The first fractional CO2 laser was introduced in 2004, offering better results and less downtime. Today, laser treatments can remove tattoos and hair and resurface the skin to improve texture and lessen the signs of aging.