2004: Battle (laser and darker skin)

Dermatol Ther. 2004;17(2):177-83.
PMID: 15113285
Laser-assisted hair removal for darker skin types.
Battle EF Jr, Hobbs LM.
Department of Dermatology, Howard University College of Medicine, 2041 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20060, USA. drbattle@culturamed.com

Before the advent of longer wavelengths, longer pulse durations and more efficient cooling devices, laser-assisted hair removal was best suited for phototypes I-III with dark terminal hairs. Now, laser-assisted hair removal can be performed safely and efficaciously on darker skin types. The long-pulsed diode and Nd:YAG-wavelength-based laser systems are best suited to safely and effectively treat patients with darker skin types. By using conservative fluences, longer pulse durations and multiple treatments, safe and effective laser-assisted hair removal is possible for darker skin types. Patients with darker skin who suffer from hirsutism, hypertrichosis, and pseudofolliculitis barbae can finally be treated safely and effectively.

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