Title: Laser hair removal in a patient with hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita.
Author: Littler CM
Journal: Dermatol Surg 1997 Aug;23(8):705-7
PMID: 19256919, UI: 97401080
Affiliated institution: Division of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, California 92037, USA.
BACKGROUND: Hypertrichosis lanuginosa congenita (HLC) is a cutaneous disorder marked by diffuse lanugo-like hair present at birth. Although affected individuals are usually healthy, the excessive hair creates an extraordinary appearance. Permanent eradication of their superfluous hair is therefore a priority. However, a procedure that would achieve this objective is not currently available.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of a new laser technique for hair reduction in a patient with HLC.
METHODS: Selected sites were repeatedly treated with a neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) laser subsequent to application of a topical carbon-based solution.
RESULTS: Forty to eighty percent hair reduction was noted in the sites treated.
CONCLUSION: Topical solution-assisted Q-switched Nd:YAG laser hair removal is a safe and effective method for reducing hair density in cases of extensive hypertrichosis. It is an attractive method for children because the low fluences used minimize the associated pain.