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Laser hair removal as adjunct to surgery for pilonidal sinus: our initial experience

Wagih Mommtaz Ghnnam, Dhafer Mohmmed Hafez
Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery 2011, 4 (3): 192-5
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BACKGROUND: Chronic pilonidal disease is a common debilitating condition. It is a cause of considerable morbidity and social embarrassment. This prospective randomized study compared permanent laser hair removal following the excision of pilonidal disease with conventional methods for hair removal.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: PATIENTS UNDERGOING SURGERY FOR PILONIDAL DISEASE WERE RANDOMIZED TO TWO GROUPS: those using laser hair removal methods following completed healing of wounds (group I) or regular post-healing conventional methods for hair removal, mainly razor and depilatory creams, for at least 6 months (group II). Group I patients received regular, monthly laser hair treatment sessions using Alexandrite laser for four sessions.

RESULTS: Group I patients had a mean age of 23.6 ± 4.7 years. Group I patients had monthly laser hair removal session and then they were regularly followed up within the proposed schedule. They found the procedure comfortable with no complications. Group II patients had a mean age of 23.7 ± 6.6 years; they reported difficulty in maintaining hair removal with these conventional methods, and mostly, by the end of the first year, all cases stopped maintaining regular hair removal. Recurrence occurred in Group II patients (two cases) mostly due to failure in maintaining hair removal and area hygiene.

CONCLUSIONS: We advocate the use of laser epilation after surgery for pilonidal sinus as it decreases the chance of recurrence but larger studies with long-term follow-up are still needed to approve this conclusion.

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