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        Use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in Indian Skin Types

        Hit: Date:Feb 22,2013

        Unwanted hair, benign pigmented lesions and acne are major cosmetic problems in Indian skin types. It is usually assumed that many lasers and IPL devices are not suitable for dark skinned patients. These assumptions fail to recognise that the contrast between skin and hair (or lesion) colour remains largely constant or even increases with darker skin. Numerous previous studies have reported the effectiveness of both Q-switched and microsecond pulsed lasers in the removal of epidermal benign pigmented lesions and acne in light skin types (Fitzpatrick I – III) [1-7]. Other studies have shown intense pulsed light (IPL) to be successful in the treatment of unwanted body and facial hair in both Caucasian and East Asian skin types [8-14]. Early studies by Sherwood et al [15] and Anderson et al [16] exposed pigskin to different wavelengths to establish ideal wavelength for the treatment of pigmented lesions. 

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