The diverse application of laser hair removal therapy: a tertiary laser unit’s experience with less common indications and a literature overview

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Koch D, Pratsou P, Szczecinska W, Lanigan S, Abdullah A

We describe the diversity of indications for laser hair removal (LHR) therapy and compare our experience with the literature. Patients’ case notes referred to the Birmingham Regional Skin Laser Centre between 2003 and 2011 for laser hair removal, with indications other than hirsutism, were reviewed retrospectively. Thirty-one treated patients with the following indications were identified: hair-bearing skin grafts/flaps, intra-oral hair-bearing flap, Becker’s naevus, localised nevoid hypertrichosis, peristomal hair-bearing skin, scrotal skin prior to vaginoplasty in male-to-female (MTF) gender reassignment, pilonidal sinus disease (PSD), pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) and hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Seven patients with the following indications have been reported before: intra-oral hair-bearing graft, naevoid hypertrichosis and peristomal hair-bearing skin. A clinical review of the evidence available for each indication is provided. Our experience and that in the published literature suggest that LHR is a safe, well-tolerated and effective treatment modality for the indications we report, leading to significant symptom and functional improvement with high patient satisfaction. LHR appears effective in the treatment of chronic inflammatory conditions such as PSD, PFB and HS, particularly at an early disease stage. We aim to increase awareness of the diversity of laser hair removal indications and add evidence to the medical literature of the wide range of indications for this useful treatment modality.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Lasers in medical science
Journal Abbreviation: Lasers Med Sci
Journal Date Published: 2015-01-10

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 24173910
Article Source:
Lasted Revision: 2017-10-13

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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