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Facial hirsutism treated with the normal-mode ruby laser: results of a 12-month follow-up study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10570383     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Fifty-one patients of skin type I to IV with facial hirsutism received treatment with the normal-mode ruby laser (950-micros pulse; 4-mm spot; mean fluence, 49 J/cm(2); maximum fluence, 66 J/cm(2)). For each patient, one site was treated once only, and a second site was treated 4 times at 4-week intervals. After 48 weeks, 46 patients were available for assessment. After a single treatment, hair counts were reduced to a mean of 45% at 4 weeks (pretreatment median of 63 hairs down to 26), increased to 80% (median, 51 hairs) at 12 weeks, were 65% (median, 41 hairs) at 24 weeks, and were 59% (median, 35 hairs) at 48 weeks. Four weeks after 3 treatments, the hair counts had reduced to a mean of 30% (pretreatment median of 68 hairs down to 15). Twelve weeks after 4 treatments, the hair counts had increased to 45% (median, 24 hairs) and were 39% after 36 weeks (median, 22.5 hairs). No anesthesia was needed. Treatment tolerance improved with consecutive visits, allowing higher fluences to be used. Hyperpigmentation developed in 9 patients, which had faded completely in 8 patients at the end of the study. One patient showed hypopigmentation. Depressions in the skin below the jaw line developed in 5 patients, which resolved completely within 4 to 32 weeks. We conclude that normal-mode ruby laser treatment is well tolerated and leads to significant improvement of facial hirsutism, which is maintained for at least 48 weeks. Repeated treatments result in greater clinical effects.
Authors:
S Sommer; C Render; R Sheehan-Dare
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0190-9622     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  1999 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-15     Completed Date:  1999-12-15     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  974-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Leeds Dermatology Laser Centre, Department of Dermatology, London, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Face
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Hirsutism / surgery*
Humans
Laser Therapy*
Male
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Treatment Outcome

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