BACKGROUND. Laser surgery for Asians differs from that for Caucasians in several important respects. In Asians, some conditions such as nevus of Ota are frequently seen and certain adverse reactions, especially postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, tend to be more common. OBJECTIVE. This article reviews the use of different types of lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) sources for the treatment of Asian patients. METHODS. Various cutaneous conditions amenable to laser treatment, including lentigines, nevus of Ota, acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules, port-wine stains, and acne scarring, are discussed. Strategies for the management of postinflammatory hyperpigmentation are offered. RESULTS. Appropriate selection and careful planning of the treatment can lead to excellent clinical outcome. CONCLUSION. Lasers and intense pulsed light sources are important tools for the treatment of a wide range of cutaneous conditions in Asians.
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