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Hair reduction: 48 months of experience with 800nm diode laser.
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PMID:  14741817     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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. METHODS: In 48 months 242 patients received 703 diode laser treatments on 477 sites. Treatment data and an anonymous patient questionnaire on data concerning undesired hair growth (e.g. predisposition, psychological aspects), and hair plucking habits were retrospectively evaluated to verify the benefit of 800-nm diode laser application for the reduction of excess hair. RESULTS: After an average of 1.97 treatments (range 1-6) sufficient reduction of pigmented hair was achieved for a mean period of 8.1 months. The habitual hair plucking interval was raised from a mean of 3.69 days before treatment to 15.19 days after laser epilation. The procedure was tolerated by 81.4% without local anesthetics and well accepted by 82.55% of the patients. CONCLUSION: 800-nm diode laser assisted hair removal represents a safe and effective treatment option for the reduction of pigmented hair.
Daisy Kopera
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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:  5     ISSN:  1476-4172     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-01-26     Completed Date:  2004-03-09     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:  146-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 8, A-8036 Graz, Austria.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Hair Removal*
Hirsutism / surgery*
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies

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