Posts Tagged ‘lasers’

Lasers in Ethnic Skin

The use of lasers in ethnic skin can pose a therapeutic challenge due to significant risks of post-inflammatory pigment alteration in this patient population. The greatest risk occurs in lasers with wavelengths in the range of the absorption spectrum on melanin due to the epidermal melanin absorption and resultant thermal injury in richly pigmented skin. In this article we will review lasers that have been studied in ethnic skin and will offer a practical approach to the safe use of lasers in ethnic skin.

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Getting to the Root of Pseudofolliculitis Barbae

First reported in 1908, pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) is a common inflammatory condition caused by ingrown hairs in the beard area of African-American and Hispanic men who have tightly coiled hair. Fox first noted the condition, and it was later described as pseudofolliculitis of the beard by Strauss and Kligman in 1956.1,2 Present in up to 83% of African-American men, this condition is characterized by inflamed papules and occasional pustules in the beard after close shaving.

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Using Lasers on Ethnic Skin: A Review on Four Cases

Lasers can be used effectively on ethnic skin to treat conditions such as pseudofolliculitis barbae, hirsutism and acne keloidalis nuchae. Read on for a review of four cases of patients whose conditions were successfully treated with lasers.

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What’s New-Something Completely Unexpected!!!!

If you have been following my blog , you know that I have been keeping you up to date with some new products on the market that I saw at a meeting last week.
I definitely saved the most intriguing one for last.   You may have to sit down for this one.  There is now a new product to protect your privates during laser, waxing and other hair removal processes.  It is called the Va-J-J Visor!  You’ve got to love the name, right?  Anyway, it is this little, soft, pastel colored plastic shield that covers the sensitive skin of the inner labia so that you can laser, wax or use depilatories without any irritation of this sensitive skin.  The Va-J-J Visor previously was used mainly in spas, but now it is available directly to consumers for at-home use.  It is especially useful for those of you who want to take it all off. Without going into too much detail, once it is placed correctly, it stays in place and completely covers the sensitive areas like a shield allowing for easy hair removal.  And you thought you had seen it all!!  What will they come up with next? I will keep you posted☺

Tattoo Removal

Tattoos are so common now.  I see them every day in my practice and they can truly be works of art.  Living in Miami, it seems like just about everyone has a tattoo.  Well the statistics show that actually 24% of adults under 50 have tattoos.  If you have a tattoo and want to remove it, you are not alone.  Around 17% of people with tattoos have considered removing them.  If you have lighter skin, laser tattoo removal is not very risky and works well.  Amateur tattoos are the easiest to remove.  Tattoos with bright colors like yellow are more stubborn.  Usually you need a series of laser treatments to get the job done and unfortunately the newer the tattoo, the more treatments it will require.  In general, it can take anywhere from 5 to 20 sessions to remove a tattoo and sometimes even more than 20 sessions are required for the stubborn ones.  Blisters and itching are common after treatments and it can cost from $200 to $1000 per session depending on the size of the tattoo. Many patients even say that laser tattoo removal hurts more than getting the actual tattoo.  For people with darker skin, laser tattoo removal is much more risky.  The main side effect is scarring and even hypopigmentation or white spots on the skin.  This is because the lasers for tattoo removal cannot tell the difference between the pigment in the tattoo and the pigment in the skin so severe burns in the skin can result.  So everyone should really think carefully before getting a tattoo, but especially if you have darker skin because, in some cases, effective laser removal is not an option.

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