Fraxel laser is a fabulous laser but your question did not say what you were treating. Is it fine lines or sun damage? A test spot can establish whether or not you are a candidate for the Fraxel laser or will hyper pigment after the procedure. I prefer eMatrix or chemical peels for sun damage in Latino skin. Please post a photo to help you with this process. It is most important to consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Fraxel laser.
Can the Fraxel Dual Work on Light Latino Skin?
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Fraxel laser resurfacing on Latino skin and skin of color
I often perform test spots to determine how high the tendency is for a patient of skin of color to develop post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darkening) after Fraxel.If there is significant darkening in a test area, then that patient is not considered a candidate for the procedure, usually. It is important to know that if there is no sign of darkening in the test areas it does not guarantee that it wouldn't happen in the face after a full treatment. There are often topical products that dermatologists have their patients use before and after the procedure to minimize the chance of pigmentation and the regular use of sunscreen and sun protection techniques is crucial.
The risk of darkening can increase in those women who take female hormones and those who are pregnant.
Make sure you listen to the instructions of your doctor.
The information provided in Dr. Shelton's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.
Test spot is necessary to determine one's skin response to Fraxel.
There are many skin differences and reactions within each ethnic group. A test spot can be done. I would allow 2-4 weeks to determine your response.
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Fraxel Dual for darker skin types
The Fraxel Dual can be an excellent treatment for Latino skin, and other darker skin types as well. I have some excllent examples in my photo gallery. It is very important to use the proper settings and technique, as well as the proper post procedure care, to minimize the chance of hyperpigmentation. Make sure that your treating physician can show you many before and after photos of cases they have personally done. Take care, Dr. Groff
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