While all skin types can suffer from similar concerns, including sun damage, acne scars, and fine lines, treatment can vary depending on one’s skin tone. Some laser modalities are more effective for lighter skin and others for darker skin. Selecting the right option is paramount to achieving your desired outcome. Dr. Eugenie Brunner is extensively trained in the most advanced laser therapies, including Fraxel® re:pair and Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927. For patients with tanned skin or a darker complexion, one of these techniques is usually recommended over the other.
Fraxel® re:pair is most commonly used on lighter and moderately tanned or olive skin tones. This laser treatment can reduce the appearance of deep and fine lines, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation from sun damage, and other types of photodamage. However, the risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation is much higher for individuals with darker skin.
Fraxel® DUAL can be used on a broader array of skin types, including very dark brown pigmentation. DUAL can soften fine lines, rejuvenate the skin, and minimize the appearance of acne and surgical scars, as well as treat actinic keratosis.
The best way to determine which laser therapy is ideal for your cosmetic goals and your skin type is to discuss your concerns with an experienced and board certified physician like Dr. Brunner. Talk to her today to learn more.