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Hair removal with intense pulsed light

Abstract

The use of light and laser for hair removal has evolved during the past few years. Laser systems such as the ruby laser (694 nm), alexandrite laser (755 nm), diode laser (810 nm) and neodymium:yttrium-aluminium-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (1,064 nm) are commonly used in hair removal. However, permanent hair removal has been difficult to achieve using lasers owing to the long growth/rest cycle of normal human hair follicles. There is still an increasing demand for safer and more efficient hair removal techniques. The latest and most effective choice in the treatment of hair removal is non-coherent intense pulsed light (IPL), which is both efficient and safe for hair removal. A group of 210 patients with skin type III–V were treated for superfluous hair in different areas of the body (face, extremities, axillae, bikini line and back) for three to five sessions at 6-week intervals using IPL. There was a significant hair reduction of about 80% with no side effects and minimal complications. Follow-up was done 6 months after the last session. In conclusion, IPL is very effective and safe for hair removal.

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Correspondence to Ahmed F. El. Bedewi.

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Bedewi, A.F.E. Hair removal with intense pulsed light. Lasers Med Sci 19, 48–51 (2004) doi:10.1007/s10103-004-0298-6

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Keywords

  • Faun-tail nevi
  • Female
  • Hair removal
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL)
  • Leucotrichia
  • Paradoxical