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        New Intense Pulse Light Device with Square Pulse Technology for Hirsutism in Indian Patients – A Pilot Study

        Hit: Date:Feb 22,2013

        Background: Intense pulse light ( IPL) with square pulse technology is one of the latest hair removal technologies to be marketed in India. However, there is no literature on use of IPL in Indian skin.

         

        Objective: A preliminary descriptive study to ascertain the effi cacy of an IPL device with square pulse technology for hair removal in Indian patients. Materials and methods: The IFL i200 system (Cyden Ltd, Swansea, UK) was used for hair removal on 12 patients of skin type III, IV and V up to a maximum of six sessions. Hair removal effi cacy (HRE) was calculated and photographs taken after each session.

         

        Results: Treatment was done for 12 patients. Mean HRE was 69.6%; 83% were satisfi ed with the procedure; 66% had excellent results; 16% had good results. No permanent adverse effects were seen.

         

        Conclusion: With standard precautions, IPL is a safe and effective tool for hair removal in Indian patients. Further studies to compare square pulse technology with traditional IPL systems and lasers are required.