Ethnic Skin Concerns Overview

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At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we believe that each patient is unique, and our treatment plans reflect that. Each person has their own individual needs, and we will work together with you to create the best plan that will allow you to achieve optimal results.

Men and women with skin of color need unique treatment plans that will necessarily be different from treatment plans for those with lighter skin tones. Each skin type not only has different age and environmental changes but also different healing properties, which must be addressed individually by a skilled board-certified dermatologist.

In the past, it was difficult for men and women with darker skin tones to be treated effectively with lasers, as many lasers were only effective on lighter skin. However, nowadays, there are many more options available, and in our office, we are able to choose from a selection of over 40 different lasers, light and energy devices (including lasers perfectly tailored for ethnic skin such as Picosure, Picoway, and PiQ04) as well as multiple chemical peelsmicrodermabrasion, and topical facial treatments in order to customize an optimal treatment plan for each individual patient.

Ethnic Skin Concerns

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Asian Skin Concerns

Asian skin is prone to hyper- and hypopigmentation secondary to the sensitivity of Asian pigment cells to inflammation and injury. Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin, while hypopigmentation is lightening. The board-certified dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are aware of these potential side effects in Asian skin and will be careful to choose the most appropriate treatment as well as proper pre and post-treatment procedures to minimize adverse effects. In addition, Asian skin is more prone to milia, melasma, and age spots.

African American Skin Concerns

African American skin is rich in melanin, which gives the skin its dark color. This melanin also makes it more difficult to treat the skin and structures like hair follicles, tattoos, and blood vessels under the skin with certain lasers as many lasers work by specifically targeting melanin.

This is why up until recently there were almost no lasers available that would work well on African American skin. There are now more options available such as epidermal cooling and longer wavelengths as well as other energy sources that allow treating skin with darker pigmentation safely without fear of severe side effects such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and epidermal burning.

Hispanic / Latin Skin Concerns

Hispanic and latin skin is prone to hyper- and hypopigmentation secondary to the sensitivity of pigment cells to inflammation and injury. Hyperpigmentation is very common following acne outbreaks, insect bites, psoriasis, and other irritations. Hispanic skin will often require specialized treatment plans, and acne should be treated as soon as possible to avoid potential hyperpigmentation following an outbreak. Melasma is also more common in Hispanic skin and requires both topical as well as laser treatments to control.

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PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant laser treatment for hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Intracel RF microneedling for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Intracel RF Microneedling to treat hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Intracel RF microneedling for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Intracel RF microneedling for treating hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma for facial contouring and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma injections to the midface and jawline and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma injections to the midface and jawline and Botox for wrinkle reduction by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox for wrinkle reduction and Voluma to add volume to the midface and jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox for wrinkle reduction and Voluma to add volume to the midface and jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma to add Volume to the midface and Botox to reduce wrinkles by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma and Botox injections to reduce wrinkles and add volume to the midface and jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual unretouched patient before and after Clear + Brilliant to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Clear + Brilliant to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat acne by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat acne by Dr. Goldman
Actual unretouched patient before and 4 months after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite lasers to repair sun damage and rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Thermage skin tightening by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Thermage for skin tightening by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Thermage for skin tightening  by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Thermage for skin tightening by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual unretouched patient before and after Botox injections for glabellar lines by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox Injections for glabellar lines by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after Jeuveau treatment for forehead lines by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Jeuveau injections for forehead lines by Dr. Boen
Actual unretouched patient before and after Jeuveau injections in the forehead by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Jeuveau injections to the forehead by Dr. Boen
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for hyperpigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment for hyperpigmentation with Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment to address skin pigmentation with Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser to treat skin pigmentation with Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel treatment for brown spots by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel treatment to address hyperpigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma injections to contour the chin by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma injections for chin contouring by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of Fraxel Dua and Alexandrite laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual and Alexandrite laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatments for dog bite scars by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after filler treatment for keyhole pout lip augmentation by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after filler treatment for keyhole pout lip augmentation by Dr. Butterwick
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Restylane injections to reduce eye bags and dark circles by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Restylane injections to reduce eye bags and dark circles by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Voluma injections to augment the cheeks by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Voluma injections to augment the cheeks by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Dysport injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Dysport injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to reduce forehead wrinkles by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to reduce forehead wrinkles by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to treat forehead lines by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to treat forehead lines by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections into the masseter muscle to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections into the masseter muscle to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to the masseter muscle to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to the masseter muscle to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections in the masseter muscles to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections in the masseter muscles to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to the masseter muscles to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to the masseter muscles to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections to treat glabellar lines by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Botox treatment for masseter reduction by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Botox injections into the masseter muscle to slim the jawline by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for dog bite scar by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after laser treatment for scar reduction by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Clear + Brilliant laser treatment for sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Clear + Brilliant treatment for sun damage and brown spots by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after liposculpture to reduce submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after liposculpture to remove submental fat and contour the neck by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Fraxel Dual laser to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Fraxel Dual to treat pigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL photofacial to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL photofacial to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage by Dr. Goldman

Videos

Treating Acne Scars with Clear + Brilliant (1:38)
Xeomin for Masseter Muscle Treatment (3:57)
Keyhole Pout Injectables by Dr. Butterwick (2:14)
ThermiTight Procedure by Dr. Groff (3:56)

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