Patent Number: 6,168,589

Title: Apparatus and method employing a single laser for removal of hair

Abstract: A laser apparatus and method for permanently removing a plurality of hair follicles from the skin of a patient. The laser apparatus includes a housing having a single laser for sequentially emitting a series of pulses of coherent light energy having a pulse width in the range of 1/2 ms to 40 ms; a fiber optic bundle connected to the laser for transmitting said series of pulses of coherent light energy to the skin of a patient; and a sequence control device for controlling the laser to emit the series of pulses of coherent light energy sequentially, with a time delay of less than 100 milliseconds between the sequential pulses of the single laser. The laser apparatus includes a handpiece assembly for holding a section of the fiber optic bundle for directing the series of pulses of coherent light energy to the same spot of the patient's skin to remove the plurality of hair follicles, veins, or capillaries.

Inventors: Tobinick; Edward L. (Los Angeles, CA)

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International Classification: A61B 18/20 (20060101); A61B 17/00 (20060101); A61B 018/18 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018