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Biracial Photofacial? (Photo)

I am a 37 year old biracial woman. I have some sun damage and mild acne scarring and would like to have a photofacial. Would I be a good candidate?

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Biracial Photofacial- NOT Recommended

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The ideal candidates for photofacials are individuals who fall within types 1-3 on the Fitzpatrick scale. Based on the photo above, you would be at risk for burns and potential hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.  Chemical peels are a great alternative to photofacials for Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6. In addition, non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing treatments will address the mild acne scarring. In both cases, a series of treatments will yield optimal results. You'll want to discuss a home skincare plan with your practitioner which will help to prep your skin for both types of treatments, in addition to, maintaining the results. 

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Photofacial not recommended for biracial skin type

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Photofacials are ideal for pigment and broken capillaries on the face for skin types 1-3. Darker skin types of 4-6 are not good candidates for photofacials. There is a high of a risk of burning the skin with a skin type 4.  This treatment should never be performed on skin types 5 and 6. Your best bet for pigment is probably some chemical peels that are tailored more for pigmentation. With the scarring you could probably benefit from some non-ablative laser resurfacing treatments. Without evaluating your skin face to face it is hard to determine and exact treatment plan.

W. John Bull, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Biracial Photofacial?

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Maybe but I might try doctor directed derma rolling with PRP infusion at 1 mm depth to see your response./// 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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