Evidence‐based review of hair removal using lasers and light sources

  title={Evidence‐based review of hair removal using lasers and light sources},
  author={Merete Haedersdal and Hans Christian Wulf},
  journal={Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology},
  • M. Haedersdal, H. Wulf
  • Published 1 January 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
BACKGROUND Unwanted hair growth remains a therapeutic challenge and there is a considerable need for an effective and safe treatment modality. [] Key MethodMETHODS Original publications of controlled clinical trials were identified in Medline and the Cochrane Library. RESULTS A total of 9 randomized controlled (RCTs) and 21 controlled trials (CTs) were identified.
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