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Home-Use Laser and Light Devices for the Skin—An Update

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Over the past several years, a number of home-use laser and light skin devices have been introduced for various indications, including photorejuvenation, hair growth, hair removal and acne treatment. Although these devices allow for privacy and a significant cost advantage, they are typically underpowered and afford lower efficacy than their in-office counterparts. A number of these devices have recently received FDA clearance. Although large clinical trials are lacking, dermatologists should familiarize themselves with the various options to help patients assess their clinical value.
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Keywords: LED; acne; devices; hair growth; hair removal; home-use; lasers; light; over-the counter; photorejuvenation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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