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. 1997 Aug;23(8):705-7.
doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.1997.tb00394.x.

Laser Hair Removal in a Patient With Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa Congenita

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Laser Hair Removal in a Patient With Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa Congenita

C M Littler. Dermatol Surg. .

Abstract

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.

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