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Epilation with a long-pulse 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser in facial hirsutism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12554325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Facial hirsutism and hypertrichosis are common problems and a methods are available to clinicians for the unwanted hair in a large number of patients. Several depilatory laser systems are now available and one of these modalities is the long-pulse Nd:YAG laser. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of the long-pulse Nd:YAG laser in removing unwanted facial hair. METHOD: In all, 29 patients completed their treatment course with a long-pulse (4 ms) Nd:YAG (1064 nm line) with fluences between 56 J/cm(2) and 70 J/cm(2). The average reduction in hair density was assessed using hair count on digital photographs at removal 3, 6 and 9 months postoperatively. The hair-free interval was variety of also evaluated. RESULTS: The average reduction of in the hair count (the same diameter as the baseline for the criterion) was 43% at 3 months, 36% at 6 months, and 46% at 9 months. The hair-free interval with laser was two- to sixfold longer than with self-applied methods. No significant complications were observed in the range of skin types treated, even in the darker skin types. CONCLUSION: The long-pulse Nd:YAG laser is an effective and safe method for long lasting hair removal in all skin types. The delay in hair regrowth most likely explains patient satisfaction.
J L Lévy; M A Trelles; A de Ramecourt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1476-4172     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Publication Date:  2001 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-29     Completed Date:  2003-02-21     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136419     Medline TA:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre Laser Dermatologique, Marseille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Hair Removal / methods*
Hirsutism / surgery*
Laser Therapy / methods*
Middle Aged
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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