Is Fraxel Dual safe for African American Skin?
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Wonderful Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment for acne scarring.
It is critical that you select your board certified dermatologist with great care. There needs to be a happy balance between the laser settings and the dermis (or deep layers of skin). The laser needs to go deep enough to affect real change, but not so deep as to create issues in skin of color. But, as far as the modality itself, yes, you picked the right one with a fractional CO2 laser.
I prefer either eMatrix of Profractional Erbium
I personally would opt for a Erbium fractional treatment as this goes deeper into the skin- up to 1.5 mm. Specialists can control the heat and density of treatment. The other option is RF using eMatrix. PIH or skin darkening with either RF or Erbium is probably less than 1550 Fraxel.
DR Davin Lim
Treating Acne scars with African American Skin and Lasers
Fraxel Dual is a fabulous laser for acne scars but for patients of African American descent I much prefer the eMatrix. The eMatrix is a color blind laser and treats all skin types without the risk of hyper pigmentation which can be as bad as the scars themselves. For the best cosmetic results please find a board certified dermatologist with experience with Fraxel and cosmetic lasers.