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1060nm Laser Effective for Hair Removal on All Skin Types

Lumenis Infinity

A recent study of Lumenis’ Inifinity 1,060nm diode laser revealed that the device is effective and offers a good safety profile for laser hair removal on all skin types. Authors Edward V. Ross, MD, Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, and Suzanne Kilmer, MD, performed an open‐label, prospective, multi‐center study of 42 adult patients of varying skin types with dark brown or black hairs at the treatment site. Subjects underwent one of two treatment regimens. Sixteen patients had six treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, using a chilled sapphire tip handpiece.

Permanent Reduction

One size does not fit all when it comes to long-term hair removal.
Choosing the right device for permanent hair reduction

The desire to remove excess hair has been part of the human condition as far back as 30,000 B.C. First, sharpened flints and clamshells were used to scrape off unwanted body hair then the Ancient Egyptians discovered sugaring, which gave way to waxing. Today, laser hair removal is the No. 1 laser treatment offered in the United States, and it consistently ranks in the top three most-requested nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

Aesthetic Laser: Multi-Wavelength Hair Removal

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Three wavelength hair removal laser

Alma Lasers’ Soprano ICE platform now features three wavelengths—755nm, 810nm and 1,064nm—for more effective laser hair reduction treatments. The addition of the 1,064nm wavelength allows practitioners to treat patients with darker skin types. With the three wavelengths in one platform, providers can customize treatments based on skin and hair type or combine technologies for optimal results. The Soprano ICE utilizes Alma Lasers’ SHR technology, which uses gradual heating with In-motion delivery to damage hair follicles without injuring the surrounding skin.

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Photothermolysis With Silver Particles

Two small-scale studies highlight the potential of silver particles to improve the efficacy of laser hair removal and light-based acne treatments.
MedEsthetics July/August 2017 Newsmakers

As aesthetic treatments become more varied and efficacious, there remain some key gaps in treatment options. For example, laser hair removal is one of the most pop­ular services offered in aesthetic practices and medspas, yet permanent hair reduction is not an option for those with blonde and red hair. Dermatologists have long sought an alternative to systemic treatments for those with moderate-to-severe acne, and while laser treatments have shown promise, their efficacy is short-lived and inconsistent.

ASDS Reports Increase in Popularity of Laser Hair Removal

The 2014 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) Survey on Dermatologic Procedures confirms that more patients are seeking laser treatments to permanently remove unwanted hair. About 633,000 laser hair removal procedures were performed by ASDS members last year—a 27% increase from 2013 and a 51% increase from 2012. The ASDS credits the increase in demand to new technologies that have broadened the patient base for laser hair removal.

Skincare Equipment: ProWave LX

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ProWave LX

The new ProWave LX hair removal handpiece from Cutera offers 10 Kilowatts of peak power plus short pulse durations that allow practitioners to treat finer, lighter hair. The handpiece—which can be used with the company’s XEO aesthetic platform—features aggressive contact cooling for more comfortable treatments. Contact: 888. 428.8372, www.cutera.com.

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