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.
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?
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.
Hypertrophic and keloid scars can disproportionately affect patients with darker skin types. We employ a combination approach when treating scars.
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.
Similar to body contouring, patients of all skin types can benefit from this procedure without worry of post-procedure dyspigmentation.
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.
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 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:
- Q-switched nd:YAG
- Q-switched Ruby
- Long pulsed nd:YAG
- Clear + Brilliant
- Clear + Brilliant Perméa
- V-Beam pulsed dye laser
- Infini Genius (for acne scars on ethnic skin)
To learn more about laser dermatology treatments, visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Real Patients Before and After photos
Laser treatment to reduce brown spots from melasma
Laser Treatment for Melasma on the Face
Laser Treatment for Nevus of Ota Around the Eye
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Questions and Answers
Q: What Is The Most Common Skincare Issue People of Color Experience?
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 at Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. 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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Wrinkles are a common and unwanted sign of aging. As you age, your body produces less collagen, creating saggy and wrinkly looking skin. Our customized strategies to combat wrinkles include laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, and wrinkle relaxers.
Age spots and brown spots (also known as sunspots, liver spots, and lentigines) are a consequence of aging and sun exposure. The most effective treatment for eliminating these spots and other skin pigmentation is laser therapy, which usually includes little to no downtime after treatment.
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laser & skin surgery
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