CO2 laser desiccation of urethral hair post-penoscrotal hypospadias repair

Sarit Cohen, Pinchas M. Livne, Dean Ad-El, Moshe Lapidoth

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Background: Proximal urethral defects account for approximately 20% of hypospadiac urethras. Previous surgical interventions involved hair-bearing genital skin which consequently resulted in a hairy urethra, which is seen mainly in older patients. Objective: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the CO2 laser for urethra hair elimination. Methods: Four men aged 18-20 years with hairy urethras, who failed electrolysis treatment, were treated with CO2 laser desiccation at low fluences (2-5 watts). The treatments were performed at 1-month intervals. Treatment was continued until no hair was seen. Visual assessment of the hair reduction was recorded. Results: Patients received two to four treatment sessions (average 3.2). On clinical assessment 3 months after the last treatment, outcome was rated excellent (no hair) in all patients. Conclusions: CO2 laser desiccation should be considered as a therapeutic modality for a hairy urethra, especially after the failure of electrolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-243
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007


  • Hair
  • Laser
  • Peno-scrotal repair
  • Urethra


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