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The Fraxel re:pair is safe and effective in lighter Asian skin. However, caution should be exercised in treating darker aging skin as pigmentary changes can occur with darker skin following treatment.
Darker skin types including Asian skin are more vulnerable to pigmentary issues following Fraxel treatments. Although Fraxel has been safely used in treating Asian skin, you should be pretreated with Retin-A and hydroquinone for at least four weeks to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). If you do get PIH, it is often temporary and will fade. The pigment of darker skin types is simply more volatile and requires a little extra caution when treating with lasers....
The major difference between using Fraxel for Caucasian versus Asian skin types is not so much with the outcome. Outcomes really differ from patient to patient depending on the level of sun damage that the skin displays, among other factors. So the difference really lies in the risk factor involved in performing a laser procedure on skin that has less melanin versus skin that has more melanin. As you probably know, melanin is a pigment in your skin that is responsible for its...