March 2013

Yellow Light Gone Wild: A Tale of Permanent Laser Hair Removal With a 595-nm Pulsed-Dye Laser

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Connecticut Skin Institute, Stamford, Connecticut (Dr Ibrahimi); Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston (Drs Ibrahimi, Jalian, Shofner, and Anderson).

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(3):376. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.1300

A 5-year-old boy with a port-wine stain (PWS) on the left side of his face in a V1-V3 distribution, including the left frontotemporal scalp, was referred to us for treatment with an alexandrite laser. He had undergone 22 pulsed-dye laser (PDL) treatments to the entire PWS, including on the scalp, and the treatment had reached a plateau of efficacy. During the evaluation, a striking alopecia was noted on the left frontotemporal scalp in the region of the PWS (Figure). The parents reported that the patient had hair present at birth in the area of alopecia.

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