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Ethnic Skin

Patients with skin of color can now be safely and effectively treated with lasers and other technologies for a wide variety of cosmetic and medical conditions.

 

Ethnic Skin

Treating dark skin with lasers requires experience, special skill, and state of the art equipment. We, at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, specialize in laser treatments of every skin complexion, from fair to dark.

With the extensive experience and cutting edge clinical research conducted by our physicians, patients can feel secure that they are getting optimum care and the latest technology. This is especially important in treating dark skin when the risk of injuring dark skin is higher with lasers and light sources than with treating fair skin and special considerations must be taken.

The following are conditions in dark skin that we have treated successfully at our center:

What Are Possible Treatments?

Injectables:

Rejuvenation: 
There are many skin conditions that affect darker skin types more commonly.  These include dyspigmentation from any type of inflammation to the skin including trauma, surgery, acne, melasma and more.  Many laser treatments exist to help improve these conditions.

Scar Cosmesis: 
Hypertrophic and keloid scars can disproportionately affect patients with darker skin types.  We employ a combination approach when treating scars.

Body Contouring: 
Patients of all skin types can benefit from the technology used to contour the body and reduce the appearance of cellulite.  These devices are truly ‘color-blind’ allowing safe and effective treatment.

Liposuction:
Similar to body contouring, patients of all skin types can benefit from this procedure without worry of post-procedure dyspigmentation.

Skin Laxity:
Patients of all skin types can benefit from the technology used to tighten the skin.  These devices are truly ‘color-blind’ allowing safe and effective treatment.

Pigmented Lesions: 
Due to the competing pigment more densely found in skin of color, lasers to treat pigmented lesions must be judiciously utilized.  Solar lentigines (also known as sunspots), Nevus of Ota, melasma, café au lait macules can all be safely treated.  These treatments require multiple visits to safely improve the appearance of these respective lesions.

Vascular Lesions:
Vascular birthmarks, broken blood vessels and leg veins can be treated with lasers and injections.  Patients with skin of color must be cognizant to limit sun exposure during treatment.

Which lasers do you use?

We have the latest lasers and light sources that can be safely and effectively used on dark skin including:

Real Patients Before and After photos

Laser Treatment for Cafe Au Lait – Pigmented Birthmarks

Laser Treatment for Cafe Au Lait – Pigmented Birthmarks

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Laser Treatment for Cafe au Lait – Pigmented Birthmarks

Laser Treatment for Cafe au Lait – Pigmented Birthmarks

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Laser Treatment to Remove a Scar on a Little Boy’s Face

Laser Treatment to Remove a Scar on a Little Boy’s Face

Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.

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Ethnic Skin

Questions and Answers

Q: What Is The Most Common Skincare Issue People of Color Experience?

A: People of color most often visit us for treatment of hyperpigmentation (brown skin spots) and melasma (brown to grey skin patches).

Q: What Is The Biggest Error People with Ethnic Skin Make in Caring for Their Skin?

A: The number one problem we see is patients use too many products. We recommend talking to your doctor about the right skincare regimen for you. 

Q: What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

A: Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of the skin’s melanin. This is typically due to excessive sun exposure, but can also be due to acne or picking at the skin. 

Q: How Long Is Recovery After Treatment?

A: Recovery time will vary depending on the treatment that your doctor chooses for you. Make sure you plan your treatment around any upcoming events to ensure your skin is fully healed. Your doctor may also give you specific post-treatment instructions to aid your healing and enhance your results. 

Q: How Long Do Results Last?

A: Results will vary based on your doctor’s personalized treatment plan. 

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317 East 34th Street New York, NY 10016

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Saturday & Sunday: September through June as needed

(212) 941-5055

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(631) 305-2402

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