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Long-lasting hypopigmentation induced by long-pulsed alexandrite laser photo-epilation.

AbstractBACKGROUND:
Long-lasting hypopigmentation induced by laser hair removal systems has been reported. OBJECTIVE. : To evaluate clinical aspects of a female Caucasian that developed long-lasting hypopigmentation in the arms and forearms after photodepilation with a long-pulsed alexandrite laser.
METHOD:
A 29-year-old Caucasian female (phototype III) with localized hypertrichosis in the upper limbs was submitted to long-pulsed alexandrite laser-assisted hair removal. One treatment session was done with these laser parameters: a pulse width of 2 ms, a spot of 7 mm, and fluence energy of 18 J/cm2.
RESULTS:
The patient developed long-lasting hypopigmentation (more than 6 months) in the arms and forearms after a single treatment session of photodepilation.
CONCLUSION:
Long-pulsed alexandrite laser may induce reversible melanocyte suppression and long-lasting hypopigmentation.
AuthorsGerardo A Moreno-Arias, Alejandro Camps-Fresneda
JournalDermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] (Dermatol Surg) Vol. 29 Issue 4 Pg. 420-2 (Apr 2003) ISSN: 1076-0512 [Print] United States
PMID12656826 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Topics
  • Adult
  • Arm
  • Female
  • Hair Removal (adverse effects, methods)
  • Humans
  • Hypopigmentation (etiology)

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