A review on laser and light-based therapies for alopecia areata

Stephanie Mlacker, Adam Souhail Aldahan, Brian James Simmons, Vidhi Shah, Colin Andrew McNamara, Sahal Samarkandy, Keyvan Nouri

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Abstract

Alopecia areata is a form of non-scarring alopecia that results from a hyperactive immune response of T cells against hair follicles. Many patients with visible hair loss experience psychological and emotional distress, as a result of their cosmetic disfigurement, and frequently seek treatment. However, existing treatment methods, such as corticosteroids, topical irritants, sensitizing agents, immunosuppressants, and psoralen plus ultraviolet light A, may result in various adverse effects and often lack efficacy. Laser and light treatments offer a safe and effective alternative. This review aims to provide clinicians with a comprehensive summary of laser and light-based modalities used for the treatment of alopecia areata. Currently, the excimer laser is the most widely studied device and has shown positive results thus far. However, the development of future randomized controlled clinical trials will help determine the appropriate treatment protocols necessary, in order to achieve superior clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 17 2017

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Alopecia Areata
Lasers
Light
Alopecia
Ficusin
Excimer Lasers
Hair Follicle
Irritants
Therapeutics
Ultraviolet Rays
Immunosuppressive Agents
Clinical Protocols
Cosmetics
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Randomized Controlled Trials
Psychology
T-Lymphocytes
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Aphtos
  • botulinum toxins
  • cosmeceuticals
  • countour
  • fillers
  • lasers and light sources
  • mesotherapy
  • microdermabrasion
  • surgery
  • threads
  • topical agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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Mlacker, S., Aldahan, A. S., Simmons, B. J., Shah, V., McNamara, C. A., Samarkandy, S., & Nouri, K. (2017). A review on laser and light-based therapies for alopecia areata. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, 19(2), 93-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/14764172.2016.1248440

A review on laser and light-based therapies for alopecia areata. / Mlacker, Stephanie; Aldahan, Adam Souhail; Simmons, Brian James; Shah, Vidhi; McNamara, Colin Andrew; Samarkandy, Sahal; Nouri, Keyvan.

In: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, Vol. 19, No. 2, 17.02.2017, p. 93-99.

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Mlacker, S, Aldahan, AS, Simmons, BJ, Shah, V, McNamara, CA, Samarkandy, S & Nouri, K 2017, 'A review on laser and light-based therapies for alopecia areata', Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 93-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/14764172.2016.1248440
Mlacker S, Aldahan AS, Simmons BJ, Shah V, McNamara CA, Samarkandy S et al. A review on laser and light-based therapies for alopecia areata. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 2017 Feb 17;19(2):93-99. https://doi.org/10.1080/14764172.2016.1248440
Mlacker, Stephanie ; Aldahan, Adam Souhail ; Simmons, Brian James ; Shah, Vidhi ; McNamara, Colin Andrew ; Samarkandy, Sahal ; Nouri, Keyvan. / A review on laser and light-based therapies for alopecia areata. In: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. 2017 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 93-99.
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