Semin Plast Surg 2009; 23(3): 173-177
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1224796
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Laser Therapy in Ethnic Populations

Patrick D. Cole1 , Daniel A. Hatef1 , Yoav Kaufman1 , Jason N. Pozner2
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 2Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton, Florida
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Publication Date:
13 July 2009 (online)


Today, laser therapy is standard treatment for a wide variety of dermatologic complaints. From skin rejuvenation to the management of complex vascular malformations, laser treatment has proved to be an effective, innovative solution to once-challenging dilemmas. However, laser application in those with darker complexions remains a topic of great concern. Although contemporary devices may use longer-wavelength lasers and cooling devices to isolate target tissues within patients with high levels of epidermal melanin, significant risk remains. Today's laser surgeon must have a thorough understanding of patient concerns, lesion character and response to treatment, as well as the unique needs of those with darker skin. In this article, we discuss critical issues in patient assessment, proper evaluation of common skin complaints, and laser therapy use for a variety of lesions in the ethnic population.


Daniel A Hatef, M.D. 

Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

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