This is a Multi-center, blinded, baseline-controlled, prospective study to evaluate
permanent hair reduction and removal for skin types V and VI using IPL.
One hundred and twenty (120) subjects who are Fitzpatrick Skin Type V-VI, and have a
suitable treatment area for hair removal will be evaluated in this study.
Each subject will receive six treatments at four to six week intervals upon re-growth of
hair and return for follow-up visits at one, three and six months after the last treatment.
Measurement Equipment Standard High Resolution Digital Camera
Labels for hair count Customized hair count sticker templates will be placed directly on the
skin and the hairs in this window will be counted at specific visits during the study as
detailed in section.
Study Procedures Each subject will participate in the study for a period of at least 11
months. The study is anticipated to be completed within twelve months.
Test spots Up to 3 test spots will be performed in the selected treatment area to determine
the optimal parameters / setting.
The treatment areas are divided into 3 groups. Each Subjects will be allocated to one of the
- Two small anatomical areas (right and left axillae and double sided bikini line) or;
- One double sided large area (right and left thighs) or;
- One large area (whole back / abdomen)
Based on the mild nature of treatment, anesthesia is not required. Before starting treatment
apply a layer of conductive gel to the treatment area.
After applying the conductive gel, locate the applicator in close contact, perpendicular to
the skin with no pressure applied. Pressing the applicator will fire the IPL pulse. In order
to ensure full coverage of the treatment area applicator placement should overlap
approximately 1/3 of the previously treated skin.
Post-treatment Instructions Cold packs may be placed on the treated area for post treatment
cooling. Subjects should be aware that post treatment erythema, edema and some discomfort of
the treated areas are possible and should not be a cause for concern. They may also
experience some purpura in the treated areas which would be expected to resolve within
1. Able to read, understand and provide written Informed Consent;
2. Subject has black or dark brown terminal hairs in the areas to be treated.
3. Terminal hair density requirement of greater than 15 hairs within the hair count site
(3x3 cm area) as determined by manual hair count performed by the study investigator.
4. Healthy adult, male or female, 21 years of age or older with skin type V-VI;
5. Having a suitable treatment area for hair removal;
6. Able and willing to comply with the treatment/follow-up schedule and requirements;
7. Women of child-bearing potential (women who have not had a hysterectomy, bilateral
oophorectomy or are not postmenopausal) are required to be using a reliable method of
birth control at least three months prior to enrollment and throughout the course of
1. Subject has light ,gray terminal or fine hairs in all/some parts of the treated area;
2. Pregnant, expectation of pregnancy, postpartum or nursing (<6 months);
3. Hormonal disorders that may affect hair growth;
4. Immunosuppressive diseases, including AIDS and HIV infection, or use of
5. Livedo reticularis;
6. Uncontrolled systemic diseases such as diabetes;
7. Active infections in the treated area;
8. Dysplastic nevi;
9. Significant concurrent skin conditions or any inflammatory skin conditions;
10. Active cold sores, open lacerations or abrasions;
11. Chronic or cutaneous viral, fungal, or bacterial diseases;
12. Current cancer;
13. History of skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions at the treatment areas;
14. Use of Accutane™ (Isotretinoin) within the past six month;
15. Keloid or Hypertrophic scar formation in the treatment area;
16. Tattoos in the treatment area;
17. Bleeding coagulopathies or use of anticoagulants;
18. Auto-immune disorders;
19. Erythema abigne, when identified treatments should be discontinued;
20. Photosensitivity disorder that can be exacerbated by laser or intense light;
21. Herpes simplex in the treatment area;
22. Use of medications, herbal supplements, perfumes or cosmetics that may affect
sensitivity to light;
23. Poor wound healing;
25. Unable or unlikely to refrain from artificial tanning, including the use of tanning
booths, prior (at least a month) and during the course of the evaluation;
26. Prior skin treatment with laser or other devices on the same treated areas within the
last six months prior to study enrollment or during the course of the study.