Laser resurfacing can cause scarring of darker skin

01/29/2013 | SkinAndAllergyNews.com

Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and scarring can be avoided by using the right laser and by taking precautions before and after therapy, Dr. Andrew Alexis, an associate professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University, said at a dermatology conference. Using a fractional, nonablative laser conservatively, allowing adequate time for cooling before the next pass and prescribing topical hydroquinone reduces the risk for hyperpigmentation and scarring, he said.

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