Laser Hair Removal: Long‐Term Results with a 755 nm Alexandrite Laser

@article{Eremia2001LaserHR,
  title={Laser Hair Removal: Long‐Term Results with a 755 nm Alexandrite Laser},
  author={Sorin Eremia and C Y Li and Sanusi Umar and Nathan Newman},
  journal={Dermatologic Surgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={920–924}
}
BACKGROUND Hypertrichosis is a common problem for which laser hair removal is becoming the treatment of choice. Optimal wavelength, pulse duration, spot size, fluence, and skin cooling parameters for various skin types have not yet been firmly established. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of a 3-msec 755 nm alexandrite laser equipped with a cryogen cooling device for patients with Fitzpatrick skin types I–V. METHODS Eighty-nine untanned patients with skin types I–V… 
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