Title: 800 Nanometer Diode Laser Hair Removal in African American Patients: A Clinical and Histologic Study,
Authors: Adrian RM, Shay KP
Journal: Cutaneous Laser Therapy 2000; 2: 183-190.
PMID: 11350674 ABSTRACT
Objective: To evaluate two 800nm diode lasers (LightSheer) with 30 msec and 100 msec pulse durations in the treatment of African American patients with skin types V and VI. Histologic studies, efficacy and side effects were examined in an effort to optimize laser hair removal procedures in this patient population.
Methods: Facial, neck and axillary areas were treated using 800 nm diode lasers at 30 and 100 msec pulse durations with fluences between 15 J/cm2 and 40 J/cm2.
Results: Both lasers could be used safely in skin type V and VI African American patients. Longer pulse durations enabled the delivery of higher fluences with minor and acceptable postoperative complication profiles.
Conclusion: The LightSheer diode laser operating at 30 msec and 100 msec can be safely used in hair removal procedures in African American patients.