A study published recently in The Official Journal of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (the ASLMS), found that a new generation of laser shows marked achievement over other lasers in permanent hair removal. The Soprano XLi, the only FDA-approved laser of the kind studied, is a new device in use at few practices, and is the featured hair removal method of choice at Laser Lipo and Vein Center.
The study found significant benefit in using low fluence/high repetition for laser hair removal. Subjects treated with this type of laser reported permanent hair reduction in four treatments. Success in so few treatments was not limited to one hair type or complexion color; results were shared across different types of skin tone and hair type. Subjects also experienced fewer side effects and adverse reactions to laser therapy delivered by this laser as compared with traditional lasers.
Traditional lases are high fluence/low repetition. Widely used for hair removal, these devices are associated with more discomfort from patients. High fluence lasers are associated with more complications and side effects in dark-skinned and tanned individuals. These lasers also usually require a longer course of treatment to arrive at permanent hair reduction: Most providers encourage six or more treatments to achieve hair reduction.
Dr. Wright is a fellow of the ASLMS and contributor of original research to the journal. His practice, the Laser Lipo and Vein Center, is dedicated to vein diagnosis and treatment and state-of-the-art laser medicine, and is located in O’Fallon, MO. Dr. Wright is a multiple-time Patients’ Choice Award winner and a former Howard Hughes Research Fellow. Dr. Wright received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and completed his medical training at the University of Missouri at Columbia.