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    The Use of a Self-Occluding Topical Anasthetic in Daily Practice: A Non-Interventional Study.
    J Drugs Dermatol 2018 Apr;17(4):413-418
    Introduction: A variety of topical anesthetic creams are available to reduce pain associated with dermatological procedures. Pliaglis is a self-occluding eutectic mixture of lidocaine and tetracaine.

    Study Objectives: To evaluate the post-marketing safety profile of Pliaglis and efficacy in terms of pain reduction, product satisfaction, and daily practice use prior to pre-defined dermatological procedures. Read More

    Hair and bare skin discrimination for laser-assisted hair removal systems.
    Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2017 07;2017:604-607
    Laser-assisted hair removal devices aim to remove body hair permanently. In most cases, these devices irradiate the whole area of the skin with a homogenous power density. Thus, a significant portion of the skin, where hair is not present, is burnt unnecessarily causing health risks. Read More

    Laser-assisted hair removal for facial hirsutism in women: A review of evidence.
    J Cosmet Laser Ther 2018 Jun 8;20(3):140-144. Epub 2017 Dec 8.
    a Department of Dermatology , Frimley Park hospital NHS Foundation Trust , Camberley , UK.
    Poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has been described as the common diagnosis for hirsutism in women. Facial hirsutism is by far the most distressing symptom of hyperandrogenism in women with PCOS. A statistically significant improvement in psychological well-being has been reported in patients with PCOS allocated for laser-assisted hair removal. Read More

    New lasers and light sources - old and new risks?
    J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 2017 May;15(5):487-496
    Department of Dermatology, Bispebjerg Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Recent developments (new wavelengths, treatment concepts, and combinations) in the field of lasers, intense pulsed light (IPL), LED, as well as new energy and light sources have opened up new therapeutic options that extend beyond mere aesthetic indications. Thus, while fractional lasers used to be employed to merely treat wrinkles, the same devices - in the context of laser-assisted drug delivery - have now become important tools in the treatment of scars, field cancerization, and epithelial tumors. The requirements posed to physicians, both with respect to establishing the indication and conducting treatment, have been growing along with the increase in technological complexity as well as the rising number of comorbidities and comedications in a patient population that continues to age. Read More

    Ocular injuries secondary to alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal.
    Can J Ophthalmol 2017 Apr 9;52(2):e71-e75. Epub 2017 Jan 9.
    King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Electronic address:
    Purpose: The aim of this study was to describe the clinical manifestations and outcomes of 4 patients who had sustained eye injury during alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal.

    Methods: This was a retrospective case series of 4 patients who presented to 2 tertiary eye care hospitals over 2 years. Data on ophthalmic examination, spectral domain optical coherence tomography (Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany), and fundus fluorescein angiography were collected. Read More

    Anterior uveitis following eyebrow epilation with alexandrite laser.
    Int Med Case Rep J 2015 7;8:177-9. Epub 2015 Sep 7.
    Department of Ophthalmology, Kadıköy Medipol Hospital, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul, Turkey.
    Ocular tissues are known to be sensitive to damage from exposure to laser emissions. This study reports the case of a female patient with acute unilateral anterior uveitis caused by alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal of the eyebrows. We report a 38-year-old female who presented with unilateral eye pain, redness, and photophobia after receiving alexandrite (755 nm) laser epilation of both eyebrows. Read More

    Two cases of anterior uveitis after laser eyebrow epilation.
    Cornea 2015 Jan;34(1):101-2
    Department of Ophthalmology, Süleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Medicine, Isparta, Turkey.
    Purpose: Laser-assisted epilation of eyebrow hair has become a common practice, but a number of ocular complications can occur. We report the cases of 2 patients who had unilateral anterior uveitis after having undergone laser removal of eyebrow hair.

    Methods: This report describes 2 patients who experienced eye pain, photophobia, redness, and edema after undergoing alexandrite (755 nm) laser epilation of the eyebrow area while not wearing protective eyewear or a corneal shield. Read More

    The effects and side effects of lidocaine tetracaine peel off on laser-assisted hair removal.
    Adv Biomed Res 2014 31;3:110. Epub 2014 Mar 31.
    Skin and Stem Cell Research Center, Department of Dermatology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
    Background: Lidocaine 7%-tetracaine 7% is one of the combinations recently offered for performing laser-assisted hair removal. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of this combination with placebo on the side effects of laser-assisted hair removal.

    Materials And Methods: This clinical trial was carried out on 110 women who referred to Isfahan Spadana laser clinic for laser-assisted hair removal. Read More

    Topical Cyperus rotundus oil: a new therapeutic modality with comparable efficacy to Alexandrite laser photo-epilation.
    Aesthet Surg J 2014 Feb 9;34(2):298-305. Epub 2014 Jan 9.
    Dr Mohammed is a Lecturer in the Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt.
    Background: Topical Cyperus rotundus oil is an effective and safe method to decrease hair growth. The oil's flavonoids have antiandrogenic activity on androgenic hair. To date, there have been no randomized controlled trials comparing topical C rotundus oil to the available allopathic modalities, such as laser-assisted hair removal. Read More

    Reversibility of hyperhidrosis post axillary depilatory laser.
    Lasers Med Sci 2014 Mar 26;29(2):717-21. Epub 2013 Jul 26.
    Faculty of Medicine, Saint Joseph University, Achrafieh, Lebanon.
    Hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis were lately reported as novel side effects of laser-assisted removal of axillary hair. The goal of our study was to evaluate the reversibility of these two side effects. An observational, single-center cohort study included over a 30-month screening period 30 patients with newly reported hyperhidrosis and/or bromhidrosis related to axillary depilatory laser. Read More

    Depilatory laser: a potential causative factor for inguinal hyperhidrosis: report of three cases.
    J Cosmet Laser Ther 2013 Oct 6;15(5):286-9. Epub 2013 Mar 6.
    Department of Dermatology, Hôtel-Dieu de France Hospital Affiliated to The Saint-Joseph University , Beirut , Lebanon.
    Hyperhidrosis has recently been described as a novel adverse effect of laser-assisted hair removal in the axillary area. Inguinal Hyperhidrosis (IH) is a localized and, typically, a primary form of hyperhidrosis affecting the groin area in individuals before age 25. IH has been reported in the literature after traumas and as a dysfunction of the central sympathetic nervous system. Read More

    The efficacy of laser-assisted hair removal in the treatment of acne keloidalis nuchae; a pilot study.
    Eur J Dermatol 2012 Sep-Oct;22(5):645-50
    Dermatology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, 13th Abrag Othman, Kornish El Maadi, Cairo 11431, Egypt.
    Background: Laser-assisted hair removal causes miniaturization of hair shafts which are the principal contributors to inflammation in acne keloidalis nuchae (AKN).

    Objective: To assess the efficacy of hair reduction by long pulsed Nd-YAG laser as a therapeutic modality for AKN.

    Methods: This interventional pilot trial included 16 patients with AKN who received 5 sessions of long pulsed Nd-YAG laser. Read More

    Lidocaine/tetracaine peel in topical anesthesia prior to laser-assisted hair removal: Phase-II and Phase-III study results.
    J Dermatolog Treat 2014 Apr 19;25(2):174-7. Epub 2012 Sep 19.
    Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery , Washington, DC , USA.
    Background: Patient comfort is essential during dermatologic procedures.

    Objectives: To evaluate anesthetic efficacy in laser-assisted hair removal of a self-occluding topical anesthetic (lidocaine 70 mg/g and tetracaine 70 mg/g, "LT peel"), which air-dries and can be peeled off 30 min post-application.

    Methods: Studies A (Phase-II) and B (Phase-III) were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and paired. Read More

    Patient satisfaction and complications following laser hair removal in ethnic skin.
    J Drugs Dermatol 2012 Feb;11(2):191-5
    Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA.
    Background: Laser hair removal (LHR) is increasingly popular for the treatment of unwanted hair. To date, there have been few studies to evaluate patient satisfaction and complications after LHR among people of color.

    Objectives: To determine patient satisfaction and complications with long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser assisted hair removal in dark-complexioned skin individuals from the patient's point of view. Read More

    Long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser-assisted hair removal in Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI.
    Lasers Med Sci 2011 Sep 26;26(5):623-6. Epub 2011 Apr 26.
    Department of Plastic Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, Leicester, UK.
    Unwanted hair is a common problem for which a variety of laser treatments is available. Laser treatment in dark-skinned individuals carries a higher risk of complications like hyperpigmentation and burn. The objective of this study was to evaluate efficacy and safety profile of laser-assisted hair removal in individuals with Fitzpatrick type IV-VI skin using long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser. Read More

    Laser treatment of dark skin: an updated review.
    Am J Clin Dermatol 2010 Dec;11(6):389-97
    Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, DC 20005, USA.
    The growing diversification of the patient population coupled with the increasing demand for cosmetic laser rejuvenation has highlighted the need to develop cutaneous laser systems and establish treatment protocols for patients with a wide range of skin conditions and phototypes. Recent technologic advancements have provided viable treatment options to achieve clinical outcomes that were previously only attainable in patients with lighter skin tones. This review provides an updated discussion of the range of laser treatments available for pigmented skin and sets the stage for further advancements. Read More

    Axillary hair removal with 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser increases sweat production.
    Clin Exp Dermatol 2010 Aug 23;35(6):588-92. Epub 2009 Oct 23.
    Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Ondokuz Mayis University, TR-55139 Kurupelit, Samsun, Turkey.
    Background: Laser-assisted hair removal has become a popular treatment for eradication of body hair. Many studies have been published concerning the safety and efficacy of several laser systems. Adverse events are hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, erythema, oedema, scarring, pain and blistering. Read More

    Laser assisted hair-removal.
    G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2009 Oct;144(5):595-602
    Department of Dermatology, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA.
    A number of lasers and light devices are now available for the treatment of unwanted hair. The goal of laser hair removal is to damage stem cells in the bulge of the hair follicle by targeting melanin, the endogenous chromophore for laser and light devices utilized to remove hair. The competing chromophores in the skin and hair, oxyhemoglobin and water, have a decreased absorption between 690 nm and 1000 nm, thus making this an ideal range for laser and light sources. Read More

    [Novel adverse effects of laser-assisted axillary hair removal].
    Ann Dermatol Venereol 2009 Jun-Jul;136(6-7):495-500. Epub 2009 May 21.
    Département de dermatologie, université Saint-Joseph, Hôtel-Dieu de France, BP 166830 Achrafieh, Beyrouth, Liban.
    Background: Several adverse effects of depilatory laser may now be commonly expected in relation to skin type and anatomic location. We report and analyse unusual events in patients undergoing laser-assisted axillary hair removal, including hyperhidrosis, bromhidrosis and leukotrichia.

    Objective: The aim of this study was to examine a large patient population, assess the frequency of these adverse effects, and establish a correlation with different hair-removal laser protocols. Read More

    Ocular complications of laser-assisted eyebrow epilation.
    Eye (Lond) 2009 Apr 13;23(4):982-3. Epub 2009 Feb 13.
    Department of Ophthalmology, Tel-Aviv Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
    Purpose: To report a series of patients with ocular complications associated with laser-assisted eyebrow hair removal.

    Patients And Methods: Case reports of three patients with eye pain and photophobia following laser epilation of the eyebrow region. The eye examination included visual acuity, slit-lamp examination, tonometry and fundoscopy. Read More

    Standard guidelines of care: laser and IPL hair reduction.
    Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2008 Jan;74 Suppl:S68-74
    NU Skin World & Nisarg Skin Lasers, Surat, Gujarat, India.
    Unlabelled: Laser-assisted hair removal, Laser hair removal, Laser and light-assisted hair removal, Laser and light-assisted, long-term hair reduction, IPL photodepilation, LHE photodepilation; all these are acceptable synonyms. Laser (Ruby, Nd Yag, Alexandrite, Diode), intense pulse light, light and heat energy system are the different light-/Laser-based systems used for hair removal; each have its advantages and disadvantages. The word "LONG-TERM HAIR REDUCTION" should be used rather than permanent hair removal. Read More

    Evaluation of Long-pulsed 1064 nm Nd:YAG Laser-assisted Hair Removal vs Multiple Treatment Sessions and Different Hair Types in Indian Patients.
    J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2008 Jul;1(2):75-9
    Kaya Skin Clinic, Chandigarh, India.
    Background: LONGER WAVELENGTH LASERS SUCH AS ND: YAG are considered to be the best for darker skin phototypes.

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of long-pulsed, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser-assisted hair removal in relation to multiple treatment sessions and different hair types in Indian patients.

    Method: Fifty-nine adult women with skin phototypes IV and V were treated with a long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser (1064 nm, 10 mm spot size, fluence of 30-50 J/cm(2), pulse duration 15-30 ms). Read More

    Procedures offered in the medical spa environment.
    Dermatol Clin 2008 Jul;26(3):341-58, v
    Advanced Dermatology, Skinfo and SKINQRI, 275 Parkway Drive, Suite 521, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, USA.
    Medical spas' menus of services vary widely and depend greatly on the medical director or owner's experience and predilection. Core services include: microdermabrasion, mild chemical peels, medical facials, laser hair removal, photorejuvenation, botulinum toxin, and injectable fillers. Common procedures include cellulite reduction, tissue tightening, and acne treatments. Read More

    Self-reported outcome after diode laser hair removal.
    Ann Plast Surg 2008 Mar;60(3):233-8
    Cleveland Clinic, Department of Plastic Surgery, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.
    Background: Laser-assisted photoepilation has become the procedure of choice for permanent hair reduction. Our purpose was to evaluate patient satisfaction with the procedure using a diode-laser system.

    Method: A self-administered survey was mailed to 220 patients who underwent treatment between 2000 and 2004. Read More

    Photoepilation: a growing trend in laser-assisted cosmetic dermatology.
    J Cosmet Dermatol 2008 Mar;7(1):61-7
    Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33136, USA.
    Excess hair is an age-old condition plaguing both men and women alike, of all races. Conditions such as hirsutism or hypertrichosis, procedures that involve grafted donor sites, transsexual transformations from male to female, and genetics are all responsible for excess or unwanted hair. Previous options for people seeking to remove or lessen the presence of hair have either been painful or resulted in short-term hair removal. Read More

    Effect of piroxicam gel for pain control and inflammation in Nd:YAG 1064-nm laser hair removal.
    J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2007 Mar;21(3):380-3
    Department of Anaesthesiology, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey.
    Background: Laser-assisted hair removal is a variably uncomfortable and painful procedure.

    Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of piroxicam gel on pain control and subsequent inflammation in Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser hair removal in women volunteers.

    Methods: Fifty women volunteers were enrolled in this prospective, randomised, placebo-controlled study over a 6-month period. Read More

    Long-pulsed ruby laser-assisted hair removal in male-to-female transsexuals.
    J Cosmet Dermatol 2002 Jan;1(1):8-12
    Department of Dermatopathology, Unit of Dermocosmetology, University Medical Center Sart Tilman and Sauvenière, Liège, Belgium.
    Background: Unwanted male-pattern pilosity is a heavy psychological burden and can cause distress for male-to-female transsexuals. Orchidectomy and oestrogen supplementation combined with antiandrogens fail to make hair disappear.

    Aims: To study the effect of long-pulsed ruby laser treatment. Read More

    A pilot study to optimize laser-assisted hair removal using real-time high-speed infrared imaging.
    Photomed Laser Surg 2006 Oct;24(5):651-4
    Department of Dermatology, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.
    Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate thermal effects on the skin surface during laser-assisted hair removal using real-time high-speed infrared imaging.

    Background Data: Although hair laser removal (HLR) can be considered an inherently safe treatment, there may be approaches to optimise the benefit/risk ratio of this common therapeutic and cosmetic procedure.

    Methods: In this pilot study on three subjects, a ruby laser equipped with a cryogen spray cooling (CSC) system was used to investigate the effect of different CSC durations and delay times between CSC and the laser impulse. Read More

    "More is missed by not looking than by not knowing"[Thomas McCrae, 1870-1935].
    Int J Dermatol 2006 Jan;45(1):50
    Dermatology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rechovot, Israel.
    CASE 1: A 19-year-old woman presented with a black crust on one part of the tattoo on her right leg (Fig. 1) which appeared after laser-assisted hair removal by an alexandrite laser (755 nm). CASE 2: A 28-year-old man underwent laser-assisted hair removal from his back and shoulders by an alexandrite laser (755 nm), after which he developed a burn on part of the tattoo on his right shoulder and was left with an atrophic scar (Fig. Read More

    Hair induction after laser-assisted hair removal and its treatment.
    J Am Acad Dermatol 2006 Jan 2;54(1):64-7. Epub 2005 Dec 2.
    LaserLight Clinic, Athens, Greece.
    Background: Laser hair removal is a relatively safe procedure with limited side effects. Hair induction has been previously scarcely reported.

    Objective: We sought to report the incidence of this strange side effect in a large number of patients treated for hair removal and to follow its course and treatment. Read More

    The role of number of treatments in laser-assisted hair removal using a 755-nm alexandrite laser.
    J Drugs Dermatol 2005 Sep-Oct;4(5):573-8
    Centre for Research and Training in Skin Diseases and Leprosy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
    Background: It is generally accepted that multiple laser treatments yield more effective clinical results; however, it is not clearly known whether increasing the number of treatments would affect the incidence of adverse effect. The main objective of the study was to assess the role of the number of treatments in the efficacy and safety of laser-assisted hair removal in a relatively dark-skinned population.

    Methods: A retrospective study of 313 consecutive laser-assisted hair removal treatments was conducted on a total of 23 patients (22 women, 1 man) with 58 anatomic areas by means of an alexandrite laser. Read More

    Hair removal using an 800-nm diode laser: comparison at different treatment intervals of 45, 60, and 90 days.
    Int J Dermatol 2005 Jan;44(1):50-3
    Center for Research and Training in Skin Diseases and Leprosy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
    Background: Some laser irradiation parameters such as wavelength, fluence, pulse duration, and spot size have been shown to influence the damage of any target inside the skin, however, the role of some patients' factors such as hair growth cycle is still under debate.

    Objective: To determine the association of treatment interval and laser treatment outcome.

    Methods: In a retrospective chart review of 176 patients undergoing laser-assisted hair removal with a diode laser 24 patients were selected. Read More

    Reticulate erythema following diode laser-assisted hair removal: a new side effect of a common procedure.
    J Am Acad Dermatol 2004 Nov;51(5):774-7
    Department of Dermatology, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva, Israel.
    The popularity of laser-assisted hair removal has grown rapidly since April 3, 1995 when the Food and Drug Administration approved the introduction of the first hair removal laser system. Lasers with wavelengths in the red and infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum are most often used for hair removal because they effectively target melanin in the hair follicle and can potentially penetrate to the appropriate depth of the dermis. Despite all efforts to protect the skin from damage, photoepilation may result in clinically significant adverse reactions. Read More

    Laser-assisted hair removal for darker skin types.
    Dermatol Ther 2004 ;17(2):177-83
    Department of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine, 2041 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20060, USA.
    Before the advent of longer wavelengths, longer pulse durations and more efficient cooling devices, laser-assisted hair removal was best suited for phototypes I-III with dark terminal hairs. Now, laser-assisted hair removal can be performed safely and efficaciously on darker skin types. The long-pulsed diode and Nd:YAG-wavelength-based laser systems are best suited to safely and effectively treat patients with darker skin types. Read More

    Laser hair removal: comparison of long-pulsed Nd:YAG, long-pulsed alexandrite, and long-pulsed diode lasers.
    Dermatol Surg 2004 Apr;30(4 Pt 1):498-502
    Center for Research and Training in Skin Diseases and Leprosy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
    Background: Advances in laser technology over the past several years have led to the development of numerous lasers for the treatment of unwanted hair. Laser wavelength is a key factor influencing treatment efficacy and complication rates.

    Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of laser hair removal using three different laser systems. Read More

    Comparing 18- versus 12-mm spot size in hair removal using a gentlease 755-nm alexandrite laser.
    Dermatol Surg 2004 Apr;30(4 Pt 1):494-7
    Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine, 1475 NW 12th Avenue, Suite 2175, Miami, FL 33136, USA.
    Background: Laser epilation is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis, absorption of laser energy by the target chromophore melanin. It is claimed that larger spot sizes may be more effective for hair removal at identical fluences.

    Objective: To compare the efficacy of 18- vs. Read More

    Optimizing treatment parameters for hair removal using long-pulsed Nd:YAG-lasers.
    Lasers Med Sci 2004 24;18(4):219-22. Epub 2004 Feb 24.
    Department of Dermatology, University of Regensburg, Franz-Josef-Strauss-Allee 11, 93053, Regensburg, Germany.
    Our aim was to determine the most effective treatment parameters for laser-assisted hair removal using long-pulsed Nd:YAG-lasers. 42 volunteers were treated with 1064 nm long-pulsed Nd:YAG-lasers. We used two different laser systems (Lyra XP, Wavelight and Smartepil II Deka-LMS) with various pulse lengths, fluences, and spot sizes. Read More

    Hair reduction: 48 months of experience with 800nm diode laser.
    J Cosmet Laser Ther 2003 Dec;5(3-4):146-9
    Department of Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8, A-8036 Graz, Austria.
    Background: The goal of hair removal methods has always been permanent or at least long-term epilation. Laser technology and the axiom of selective photothermolysis allowed a new approach to this subject.

    Objective: The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the long-term efficacy of a solid state, 800nm pulsed near infrared diode laser system for the reduction of pigmented hair, and extending habitual hair plucking intervals. Read More

    Long-pulsed 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser-assisted hair removal in all skin types.
    Dermatol Surg 2004 Jan;30(1):13-7
    Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, DC, USA.
    Background: Although there are several different laser systems available for the reduction of unwanted hair, no single system has been shown to be superior in providing safe and effective hair removal in every skin type. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a high-energy, long-pulsed, 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser with a contact cooling device for hair removal in skin phototypes I-VI.

    Methods: Thirty-six adult patients (skin phototypes I-VI) with dark terminal facial or nonfacial hair were treated with a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, 10-mm spot size, fluence of 30 to 60 J/cm2). Read More

    Laser hair removal.
    Facial Plast Surg 2003 Feb;19(1):131-6
    Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 19104, USA.
    Laser-assisted hair removal has rapidly emerged as a noninvasive technique for long-term reduction in unwanted hair. This article reviews the pertinent aspects of hair follicle biology, the theoretical aspects of the physics and mechanisms of laser epilation, the different types of lasers available for hair removal, and the practical clinical aspects of laser hair removal. Read More

    Long-lasting hypopigmentation induced by long-pulsed alexandrite laser photo-epilation.
    Dermatol Surg 2003 Apr;29(4):420-2
    Centro Médico Teknon, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
    Background: Long-lasting hypopigmentation induced by laser hair removal systems has been reported. OBJECTIVE. : To evaluate clinical aspects of a female Caucasian that developed long-lasting hypopigmentation in the arms and forearms after photodepilation with a long-pulsed alexandrite laser. Read More

    Laser-assisted hair removal in Asian skin: efficacy, complications, and the effect of single versus multiple treatments.
    Dermatol Surg 2003 Mar;29(3):249-54
    Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, Hackensack, 07601, USA.
    Background: Alexandrite laser hair removal can be quite successful in lighter skin types. Effective hair removal in Asians can be difficult, and multiple treatments are usually required for effective treatment.

    Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of alexandrite laser hair removal in Asian skin, to determine the benefit of multiple treatments, and to evaluate the value of test patches before laser treatment. Read More

    Laser-assisted hair removal for darkly pigmented skin.
    Aesthet Surg J 2003 Mar;23(2):143-4
    Effective hair removal is now available even for the darkest-skinned patients, including Fitzpatrick skin type VI. With the long-pulse YAG laser, a deeply penetrating wavelength enables energy to reach the hair bulbs, adequate power and pulse duration heat and destroy the hair follicle, and low melanin absorption ensures less epidermal damage. (Aesthetic Surg J 2003;21:143-144. Read More

    Measurements of laser light attenuation following cryogen spray cooling spurt termination.
    Lasers Surg Med 2003 ;32(2):143-7
    College of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, California 92697, USA.
    Background And Objectives: Cryogen spray cooling (CSC) is used to minimize the risk of epidermal damage during laser dermatological surgery. However, while CSC can protect the epidermis from non-specific thermal damage, the cryogen film on the skin surface may pose a potential problem of laser light attenuation due to optical scattering.

    Study Design/materials And Methods: This study is focused on measuring the light transmittance changes that occur following cryogen spurt termination. Read More

    Causes and management of hypertrichosis.
    Am J Clin Dermatol 2002 ;3(9):617-27
    Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland.
    Hypertrichosis is the term used for the growth of hair on any part of the body in excess of the amount usually present in persons of the same age, race, and sex, excluding androgen-induced hair growth. In its generalized and circumscribed forms, hypertrichosis may either be an isolated finding, or be associated with other abnormalities. Therefore, accurate classification of hypertrichosis is mandatory. Read More

    Laser hair removal: guidelines for management.
    Am J Clin Dermatol 2002 ;3(2):107-15
    Institute of Plastic Surgery, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK.
    Laser-assisted hair removal is the most efficient method of long-term hair removal currently available. Several hair removal systems have been shown to be effective in this setting: ruby laser (694nm), alexandrite laser (755nm), diode laser (800nm), intense pulsed light source (590 to 1200nm) and the neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (1064nm), with or without the application of carbon suspension. The parameters used with each laser system vary considerably. Read More

    An in vivo study comparing the efficacy and complications of diode laser and long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser in hair removal in Chinese patients.
    Dermatol Surg 2001 Nov;27(11):950-4
    Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong.
    Background: Lasers with long wavelengths are less well absorbed by melanin and are considered to be particularly suitable for hair removal in dark-skinned patients.

    Objective: To compare the efficacy and complications of 800 nm diode and long-pulsed 1064 nm Nd:YAG lasers in laser-assisted hair removal in Chinese patients.

    Methods: Fifteen women had hair removal treatments (13 axillae and 2 legs) with diode laser on one side and Nd:YAG laser on the other. Read More

    Hair removal using the long-pulsed ruby laser in children.
    J Clin Laser Med Surg 2000 Dec;18(6):277-80
    Department of Plastic Surgery, Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK.
    Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of laser assisted hair removal in children aged 16 and under using the long pulsed ruby laser.

    Background Data: Unwanted hair in the pediatric population can be due to congenital hairy nevi and hypertrichosis. Methods of effecting hair removal include shaving, electrolysis, and laser depilation. Read More

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