Title: A practical review of laser-assisted hair removal using the Q-switched Nd:YAG, long-pulsed ruby, and long-pulsed alexandrite lasers.
Authors: Nanni CA, Alster TS
Journal: Dermatol Surg 1998 Dec;24(12):1399-405; discussion 1405
PMID: 9865211, UI: 99082730
Affiliated institution: Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, DC 20037, USA.
BACKGROUND: The recent development of numerous laser-assisted hair removal techniques has produced confusion in the field of cutaneous laser surgery.
OBJECTIVES: A systematic review of the hair removal laser systems currently available is attempted. Appropriate patient selection, treatment protocols, and discussion of each system’s advantages, disadvantages, and complications is provided.
CONCLUSIONS: Techniques involving the use of selective Q-switched Nd:YAG and long-pulsed alexandrite and ruby laser systems provide a significant delay in hair growth. With further technologic advances and understanding of proper treatment parameters and intervals, it is expected that permanent hair removal may eventually be possible.