Lasers and light sources, as well as other energy devices, including radiofrequency, ultrasound, and cold-based therapies, can be used for treatment of aging, dyschromic, or texturally uneven skin. In patients with ethnic skin (ie, skin of color), energy devices are used more cautiously to avoid adverse events. The most common and concerning adverse event is postin flammatory hyperpigmentation. Lower fluence, longer pulse durations, and careful device selection can mitigate the risk of scarring and pigmentary abnormality. Modified treatment approaches can allow physicians to safely treat patients with skin of color with energy devices.
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