Facial plast Surg 2004; 20(1): 85-89
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-822964
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Laser Hair Removal

Victor G. Lacombe1
  • 1Private practice, Santa Rosa, CA
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Publication Date:
22 March 2004 (online)

Laser hair removal is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is well suited to the office-based practice. A great deal of improvement has occurred in the past 5 years with the technology and the understanding of how and for whom the procedure works. A review of the physics of laser-skin interactions is included as well as guidelines for safe and effective clinical treatments. Four wavelengths of lasers and intense light sources have proven successful for a variety of skin types. Average rates of long-term hair reduction, for properly treated subjects, are consistently reported between 70 and 90% at a minimum of 6 months. When performed by physician extenders under the supervision of a physician, maximal use of time and resources can be achieved.