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Laser for Skin of Color

Dark skin is always a challenge for skin practitioners, and yet a wide variety of complicated skin conditions such as pigmentation disorders including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and melasma, keloid and hypertrophic scars, as well as pseudo folliculitis barbae (PFB), occur more frequently in people-of-color than Caucasian skin types.

Maritza Perez, MD in New York is among a small number of well-known physicians who specialize in treatments for patients of color. With over 15 years of experience, she is also recognized as one of the top authorities on how lasers and other cosmetic treatments can be best performed on skin of color patients. Like most other aesthetic physicians Dr. Perez prefers using Nd:YAG 1064 nm lasers on darker skin. YAG is the most widely recognized modality for safe and efficacious treatment of Fitzpatrick IV-VI in any laser clinic or medspa.

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  • Filed under: Laser Clinics, MedSpa
  • By George J. Hruza, MD

    Xu LY et al. Histopathologic study of hidradenitis suppurativa following long-pulsed 1064-nmNd:YAG laser treatment.
    Arch Dermatol 2010Sep 20; [e-pub ahead of print]. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/archdermatol.2010.245)

    Aggressive treatment with hair removal laser such as Nd:YAG 1064 nm may have a positive effect on lesions of HS. Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is very resistant to both medical and surgical management — exacerbations, recurrence, and progression are the norm.

    See hidradenitis suppurativa pictures

    The observation that HS (aka Acne Inversa) may be related to follicular occlusion has led to attempts to treat HS with hair removal lasers. In this prospective, controlled clinical and histologic study,20 patients with Hurley stage II HS (skintype, Fitzpatrick III or VI) underwent treatment with a long-pulsed 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser.

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