2004: Parlette (Nd:YAG for follicular disorders)

Parlette EC, Kroeger N, Ross EV.
Dermatol Surg. 2004 Aug;30(8):1152-4.
PMID: 15274709
Nd:YAG laser treatment of recalcitrant folliculitis decalvans.
LT MC USNR, Third Year Resident, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California 92134-5000, USA. ecparlette@hotmail.com

BACKGROUND: The scarring follicular disorders pose challenging therapeutic dilemmas. OBJECTIVE: Hair removal lasers have recently been shown to be efficacious in the management of these disorders. METHODS: We present a young, Fitzpatrick skin type VI African-American patient with recalcitrant folliculitis decalvans, whom we treated with the neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. RESULTS: A remission of folliculitis decalvans was successfully achieved using the Nd:YAG for laser depilation. CONCLUSION: Based on the optical properties of light in skin, the Nd:YAG laser is the best for laser depilation in dark individuals.