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Long-term clinical evaluation of hair clearance in darkly pigmented individuals using a novel diode1060 nm wavelength with multiple treatment handpieces

A safe and effective method of hair reduction for darker skinned patients.

By Andrea Alstad | Nov 09, 2018

Wausau, WI (November 9, 2018) – A study which evaluated the efficacy and safety of a 1060 nm diode laser system for permanent hair reduction showed this method is safe and effective for hair removal and long-term hair reduction in all skin types including darkly pigmented individuals.LSM 18-0023 Ross

The clinical report of this study, published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM), the official journal of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS), was selected as Editor’s Choice in the November 2018 issue of LSM.

The study, conducted by Edward V. Ross, MD, Omar A. Ibrahimi MD, PhD, and Suzanne Kilmer MD, is titled “Longterm clinical evaluation of hair clearance in darkly pigmented individuals using a novel diode1060 nm wavelength with multiple treatment handpieces: A prospective analysis with modeling and histological findings.”

Sixteen subjects were treated with the chilled sapphire tip, with a mean of 68%, 82%, and 76% skin type‐independent hair reduction in axillae, shin, and arm, respectively, at 6 month follow up visit as compared to baseline. Treatment with the large spot size vacuum‐assisted handpiece (26 subjects), was most effective in axillae and calves, with a 77.9% and 78.5% hair count reduction, respectively, at the 6 month follow up visit. Treatments with both handpieces were not associated with intolerable pain levels and common post procedural responses included mild to moderate erythema and/or edema.

 “Large-spot lasers with suction can provide comfortable hair removal in darker skinned patients,” said Ross.

E. Victor Ross, M.D., CAPT MC, USN (ret) is the director of the Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology Center at Scripps Clinic in San Diego. He also serves on the board of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (president in 2008, treasurer 2017 - present), and served on boards of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Society for Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.  His special interests are fractional laser skin rejuvenation, photodynamic therapy, non-ablative skin remodeling, laser management of scars, laser treatment of acne, and laser hair reduction in dark skinned patients. He is the author of over 100 articles and nine book chapters.  Presently, Dr. Ross is investigating novel approaches in pigment quantification as well as conducting comparative trials of picosecond laser sources, novel RF technologies in skin rejuvenation, and laser assisted acne treatments.

Editor’s Choice is an exclusive article published in LSM, the official journal of the ASLMS. View the complete manuscript.

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