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Alopecia: a review of laser and light therapies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22398224     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Since the 1980s, laser technology has become increasingly popular to treat a variety of cutaneous conditions. Its successful use as an epilator comes with the rare but interesting side effect of paradoxical hypertrichosis. In this review, we summarize cases describing hair growth after photoepilation, as well as studies testing laser and light sources as treatment for alopecia, particularly androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. We also discuss the possible biologic mechanisms by which phototherapy induces hair regeneration.
Sophia Rangwala; Rashid M Rashid
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2012-02-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatology online journal     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1087-2108     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol. Online J.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-08     Completed Date:  2012-07-17     Revised Date:  2012-10-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610776     Medline TA:  Dermatol Online J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Alopecia / physiopathology,  therapy*
Hair / physiology*,  transplantation
Hair Removal / adverse effects*
Hypertrichosis / etiology*,  physiopathology
Laser Therapy / adverse effects*
Phototherapy / adverse effects*

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