J Korean Burn Soc.  2021 Jun;24(1):14-17. 10.47955/jkbs.21.0002.

A Burn after Alexandrite Laser Hair Removal on a Forehead Flap: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dongguk University Gyeongju Hospital, Dongguk University College of Medicine, Gyeongju, Korea
  • 2Department of Plastic Surgery, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Goyang, Korea
  • 3Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dongguk University Graduate School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


The nose is a complex three-dimensional structure and represents a major aesthetic focus of the face. As a gold standard for nasal soft tissue reconstruction, the ‘forehead flap’ provides reconstructive surgeons a robust pedicle and large amount of tissue to reconstruct almost any defect. However, during this process, some hair can be unintentionally introduced to the nose. Accordingly, laser hair removal is sometimes needed, but blood circulation and flap survival should be carefully monitored. Despite careful evaluation, a third-degree burn occurred in our patient that required eight weeks to heal. Here, we report on a burn resulting from epilation conducted 2 weeks after forehead flap for nasal reconstruction.


Alexandrite laser; Nose deformities; Burns; Hair removal
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