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Pages 351-361 (June - July 2009)
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Photodepilation
Fotodepilación
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P. Serrano-Grau??
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Correspondence: Hospital Clínica, C/ Villarroel, 170, 08036 Barcelona, Spain.
, A. Campo-Voegeli, D. Romero
Centro Dermatológico Barnaclínic, Servicio de Dermatología, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Clínica Dermatológica Campo De Felipe, Barcelona, Spain
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Unwanted hair is a common problem for which different types of light therapy have been developed as the treatment of choice. Since 1996, when the American Food and Drug Administration approved the first laser therapy for depilation, much progress has been made in light-based technology and lasers. Lasers and intense pulsed light sources with red or near infrared wavelengths (600 to 1200 nm) are the most widely used for removing hair as they target the melanin of the hair shaft, hair follicle epithelium, and hair matrix. The aim of this review is to describe and compare the different photodepilation methods currently available.

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laser
photodepilation
hair removal
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Los pelos indeseados son un problema frecuente para el cual se han desarrollado diferentes tipos de luz como tratamiento de elección. Desde que en 1996 la Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aprobó el primer láser para depilar, se han hecho muchos avances en la tecnología basada en la luz y los láseres. Los láseres y las fuentes de luz intensa pulsada (IPL) con longitudes de onda en el espectro del rojo o casi el infrarrojo (de 600 a 1.200 nm) son los más utilizados para eliminar el pelo, ya que tienen como diana la melanina de la vaina del pelo, la del epitelio del folículo piloso y la de la matriz. El propósito de esta revisión es describir y comparar los diferentes métodos de fotodepilación disponibles actualmente.

Palabras clave:
láser
fotodepilación
eliminación del pelo
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