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Long-term fine caliber hair removal with an electro-optic Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser

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  • Conflict of interest: Laser made available by manufacturer for the study.

Abstract

Background

In spite of major advances in hair removal therapy, fine caliber hair remains a significant challenge for laser- and light-based devices.

Objective

Evaluate a novel Electro-Optic (EO) Q-switched Nd:YAG laser for pigmented fine caliber hair removal in the Standard Single and a double pulse (DP) mode.

Methods

Eleven patients underwent four laser treatments at monthly intervals. Bilateral anatomical regions received to one side the standard single pulse (SSP) while the other side the DP option. Blinded investigators conducted hair counts at 6 months post-treatment and after 24 months. Patients assessed hair loss and discomfort. Six patients rated their satisfaction at 6 months.

Results

At 6 months, investigators found a reduction of 50% in hair counts with the DP and 46% with standard pulse. Ninety percent in DP and 50% in SSP reported none to mild discomfort. Transient erythema and edema was observed with a lower severity rating with the DP. There were no other untoward effects. 83.3% of patients who completed the study at 6 months expressed satisfaction with the results. At 24 months hair loss was maintained at the same rate.

Conclusion

The EO Q-switched Nd:YAG laser is an effective option for the permanent treatment of unwanted fine hair and has a high-patient satisfaction rate. There is less therapeutic discomfort in the DP mode. Lasers Surg. Med. 42:706–711, 2010 © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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