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Treatment of pseudofolliculitis with a pulsed infrared laser.
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PMID:  11074696     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a common disorder in individuals with thick, curly hairs, and treatment options are limited. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a diode laser in the treatment of pseudofolliculitis barbae. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, New York, NY. PATIENTS: Ten consecutive patients with long-standing pseudofolliculitis barbae and skin phototypes I to IV. INTERVENTIONS: Treatment was performed using an 810-nm diode laser (20- to 30-millisecond pulse duration) at fluences of 30 to 40 J/cm(2). Three treatments were performed at 6- to 8-week intervals, and subjects underwent evaluation for improvement in the pseudofolliculitis and the degree of hair reduction. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients were assessed at 6- to 8-week intervals for the degree of hair-count reduction, improvements in papule and pustule formation, and adverse effects. RESULTS: Complete hair-growth delays of 3 to 8 weeks' duration were produced, and a decrease in hair density of greater than 50% was noted in all subjects 6 to 8 weeks after the last laser treatment. All patients exhibited greater than 50% improvement in the signs of pseudofolliculitis. Preexisting pigmentary changes improved with therapy. CONCLUSION: Diode laser treatment is a safe and effective method for improving pseudofolliculitis barbae in patients with skin phototypes I to IV.
A N Kauvar
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of dermatology     Volume:  136     ISSN:  0003-987X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Dermatol     Publication Date:  2000 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-15     Completed Date:  2000-11-30     Revised Date:  2008-03-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372433     Medline TA:  Arch Dermatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1343-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, 317 E 34th St, Suite 11N, New York, NY 10016, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Folliculitis / therapy*
Hair Removal* / methods
Infrared Rays
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Treatment Outcome

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