Laser Hair Removal: Updates

  • Pier Luigi Saraceni
  • Alessandra Scarabello
  • Sean Ekinde
  • Elisa Cinotti
  • Massimo Laurenza


The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates that in 2015 more than 1,200,000 laser hair-removal treatments were performed in the USA. Laser hair removal is currently the third most requested treatment in dermatology/aesthetic medicine. The effectiveness of photoepilation was first illustrated in 1996 by a group of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, who, with partial results, used light pulses generated by a ruby laser. In this chapter, we illustrate which are the best indications of hair removal, and we detailed different laser systems.


Laser Hair removal Epilation Anagen Catagen Telogen Ruby laser Alexandrite laser Diode laser Nd: YAG laser 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pier Luigi Saraceni
    • 1
  • Alessandra Scarabello
    • 2
  • Sean Ekinde
    • 3
  • Elisa Cinotti
    • 3
  • Massimo Laurenza
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Clinical DermatologyIFO-Istituto San GallicanoRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Clinical DermatologyIstituto Lazzaro SpallanzaniCastelfranco EmiliaItaly
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital of SienaSienaItaly
  4. 4.Department of Oncologic DermatologyIDIRomeItaly

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