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Journal of the Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons 2004;31(6):812-816.
Published online November 1, 2004.
Axillary Hair Removal Using Long Pulse Alexandrite Laser.
Choong Jae Lee, Yu Jin Kim
1Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea. cjlee313@hotmail.com
2Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Gachon Medical University, Incheon, Korea
The goal of this study was to prospectively assess the long-term results of long pulse alexandrite laser depilation in 13 patients who underwent axillary hair removal initially since February 2000. Thirteen patients underwent laser therapy, four times every 2 months. The last follow up was 21 months later. The patients were treated with alexandrite laser, with 20J/cm2 energy density, 20ms pulse duration. Percentage of hair removal (clearance rate) was assessed by an average hair count in 1cm2 of the same treated area. The clearance rates were respectively 38%, 44%, 70%, 74% according as the therapy was repeated. There were no significant complications except for temporary erythema and vesicle formation. The long pulse alexandrite laser can safely remove unwanted axillary hair in a Fitzpatrick skin type IV.
Keywords: Hair removal; Long pulse Alexandrite laser
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