Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Treating dark skin for acne with laser

Treating adult acne with lasers instead of risky pills is one of the hottest topics that plastic surgeons and dermatologists alike are focusing on. Dr. Goldberg just came from the ASDS meeting, where they talked about lasers and laser-like devices such as Isolaz that can help lead to radiant skin texture without taking antibiotics and/or Accutane.

One of the big roadblocks in all laser treatments has been the risks that darker skinned and Asian patients face, especially regarding hyperpigmentation. We posted on that here for laser hair removal.

I was just at the Sciton users group meeting in Los Angeles, where I was lecturing on advanced laser resurfacing and fractional laser resurfacing. An interesting topic related to this was presented was by Dr. Todd Besinger (who provided the above photo), a dermatologist from Hawaii. He presented some excellent data that shows that acne scarring can be treated very successfully in Asian patients with minimal post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. For laser wonks out there, he had especially good results with the smaller spot size Sciton with each spot at 250 microns.

Experienced doctors out there have figured out how to treat all skin types with lasers. This is going to be a big story in 2009 as it becomes more widespread.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center

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