Cirugía Plástica Ibero-Latinoamericana
versión impresa ISSN 0376-7892
Home-use light based treatments have been documented since 2003 and a number of home-use devices for hair removal and skin rejuvenation have been launched recently in Europe. Several safety and efficacy studies have also appeared in international journals confirming meaningful hair reduction figures and relatively few side effects but some are still inferior to professionally delivered treatments as they fail to deliver the parameters that they claim. Some home-use products are ineffective and some may not be safe. Other devices are not suitable for all skin types and FDA marketing clearances do not so far allow use on the face and neck. In the absence of adequate international standards we should scrutinise the available published clinical studies and compare claims made by manufacturers with objective industry reports measuring the parameters of these devices.
Palabras clave : Photoepilation; IPL; Laser epilation; Complications; Secondary effects.