Lask, 1997 (ruby hair removal)

Lask, 1997

Title: Laser-assisted hair removal by selective photothermolysis. Preliminary results.

Authors: Lask G, Elman M, Slatkine M, Waldman A, Rozenberg Z

Journal: Dermatol Surg 1997 Sep;23(9):737-9

PMID: 9311365, UI: 97457556

Affiliated institution: Division of Dermatology, UCLA Medical Center, USA.

Cited in: McCoy

BACKGROUND: Laser-assisted hair removal with the long pulsed ruby laser is a promising new technique based on selectively targeting melanin in hair follicles.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the long pulsed ruby laser (EpiTouch) for hair removal.

METHODS: The Epitouch laser was used for hair removal of the arms of 20 patients. The areas were evaluated immediately post-treatment, and at 1, 4, 8, and 12 weeks, for efficacy and complications.

RESULTS: Postoperative results showed 40-80% regrowth after 12 weeks.

CONCLUSION: Selective melanin-based photothermolysis with a free running pulsed ruby laser seems to be a promising, noninvasive technique for long-term hair removal. More than one treatment is necessary since only anagen hair will be affected.