What devices to use or not use in skin of color

Murad Alam*

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-222
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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