Safe to Use Fraxel on African American or Dark Skin?

I am of mixed race and I am interested in getting fraxel treatments but I am worried about hyper or hypo pigmentation and splotchiness. I am pretty fair skinned (about the color of a cup of coffee with three creams). Are there any special questions that I should ask my doctor concerning the use of the re:pair laser on African-American skin?

Doctor Answers 2

Fraxel Re:Store Can Be Used On African American Skin

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Fraxel Re:Store is a non-ablative laser, which means it does not create wounds on the surface of the skin. In most cases, it can be used on darker complexions without risk of hyper- or hypopigmentation. Please see a board-certified board dermatologist to see if you are a good candidate for Fraxel.

San Diego Dermatologist
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Fraxel and Darker Skin

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We have yet to use the Fraxel Repair on truly dark skinned patients. You would run a much greater risk of pigmentary problems with the Repair as opposed to the Restore. We have used the Fraxel Restore without problems for several people. I would recommend that regardless of which laser is used you have a small test spot. I would also inquire as to if you should use a bleaching cream for a week or two before the procedure to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Jerome Potozkin, MD
Danville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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