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Methods to overcome poor responses and challenges of laser hair removal in dark skin


1 Renewderm Centre, Saifee Hospital, Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Cutis Institute of Dermatology, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Shehnaz Zulfikar Arsiwala,
Renewderm Centre, New Mazgaon Co-op Society, A Wing 3rd Floor, Nesbit Road, Mazgaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_1103_16

PMID: 30027915

Conventional and advance technologies are available for laser hair removal. Complete and permanent hair reduction is not yet possible by treatment with lasers. Ideal patient for any conventional laser hair removal treatment is one who has thick, dark terminal hair, light skin and normal hormonal status. Factors that contribute to variable outcomes in laser hair removal can be broadly divided into patient related ones and the technology related ones. Skin type, hair color, thickness and density, degree of tan, hormonal dysfunction etc., constitute the patient related factors. The wavelength, fluence, spot size and pulse duration of the laser system are the technology related factors. There are some patients who respond variably, unpredictably or poorly to laser hair removal despite ensuring that indication for treatment is appropriate with adequate parameters of the laser system. This article reviews various patient related and technology related factors which lead to variable-to-poor outcomes in laser hair removal; and various challenges and limitations of laser hair removal technology in patients with dark skin types.


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