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Derm News: 2007.13(2)

Laser complications: Hair removal

Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 8(4):197-202
Authors: David Goldberg

The increasing use of laser and light source-based hair removal techniques has led to not only an increased incidence of reported complications, but also to a better understanding of the cause of such complications. The objective of this article was to provide an understanding of the incidence and the etiology of complications following laser/light-based hair removal. In conclusion, almost all complications following laser/light-based hair removal techniques can be prevented with a thorough understanding of the thermally induced effect of such treatment on the hair follicle and epidermal melanin. Some newly described complications may have a variety of etiologic factors.

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