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Hair removal with a combined light/heat based photo-epilation system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11788098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A variety of lasers and light sources have been used for removal of unwanted hair. A novel, new, flashlamp-based device, with a mechanism of action based on a combination of both emitted light and heat, has been developed for safe and reliable hair removal. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of hair removal by a combined light/heat based photoepilation system. METHODS: A pilot trial was undertaken. Twenty one anatomic sites received one to three treatments with the SpaTouch light/heat based photoepilation system. Fluences ranging from 6.25 to 6.45 J/cm(2) and pulse duration of 35 ms were used. Evaluations of hair regrowth was performed at 4 months after the last treatment by comparing the terminal hair count to the baseline values. Patient satisfaction and potential complications were evaluated. RESULTS: Average hair reduction after photoepilation was 27% for one to three treatments at 4 months following the final treatment. 46% and 15% of subjects reported being 'mildly pleased' and 'very pleased' with the results of treatment. No hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation or scarring was observed at 4 months after treatment. CONCLUSION: The SpaTouch light/heat based photoepilation system represents the newest efficient and safe method in hair removal. Further study of optimal parameters is required.
D J Goldberg; S Silapunt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cutaneous laser therapy     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1462-883X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cutan Laser Ther     Publication Date:  2001 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-01-14     Completed Date:  2002-02-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100890790     Medline TA:  J Cutan Laser Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York & New Jersey, Westwood, NJ 07675, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hair Removal / adverse effects,  instrumentation,  methods*
Hot Temperature*
Laser Therapy*
Lasers / adverse effects
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Pilot Projects
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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