Background and Objective: Hair removal around an ileo-colo ostomy can cause a number of problems. We compared laser hair removal with mechanical shaving around the ostomy. Method: Eleven patients were selected with hairy skin around the ostomy for therapy with an AlGaAs diode laser at 800 nm. Three to four treatments were given with an interval of 6 weeks. Results: Ten patients completed laser therapy. The average hair reduction was 60% based on visual inspection. Shaving frequency reduced from once a week to once every 6 weeks. Conclusions: Laser hair removal likely becomes the preferred method in ostomy patients.

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Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
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