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Hair induction after laser-assisted hair removal and its treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16384757     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Laser hair removal is a relatively safe procedure with limited side effects. Hair induction has been previously scarcely reported. OBJECTIVE: We sought to report the incidence of this strange side effect in a large number of patients treated for hair removal and to follow its course and treatment. METHODS: We conducted retrospective analysis of the files of all patients who underwent laser hair removal during the time period from May 1998 until May 2005 in a private institution in Athens, Greece. RESULTS: Hair induction occurs predominantly on the face and neck of female patients of Mediterranean ancestry with darker skin types. The percentage is quite low (4.5%). Laser treatment of the induced hair reduces the problem. LIMITATIONS: No control groups could be obtained in this study. Furthermore, the natural course of hair induction could not be studied because it was always treated or patients were lost to follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: Hair induction is a rare side effect of laser hair removal occurring in selected populations and body areas; however, it responds well to laser treatments.
Paraskevas Kontoes; Spiros Vlachos; Marayiannis Konstantinos; Loupatatzi Anastasia; Savva Myrto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-12-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  54     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-30     Completed Date:  2006-05-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  64-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
LaserLight Clinic, Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Hair / growth & development*
Hair Removal / adverse effects*,  methods*
Retrospective Studies
Skin Pigmentation

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