Using Lasers on Skin of Color
“Ethnic skin is a really important thing to pay attention to, especially with the shifting demographics,” says Dr. Omar Ibrahimi. In another 10 to 15 years, up to 50% of the US population will be ethnic skin color.
“We live in a kind of global community and the majority of people are actually skin of color, so it's important to have treatment options procedures that we know are safe and effective for anybody that has darker skin,” states Ibrahimi, a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Connecticut.
Are lasers for me?
“One of the things that people sometimes misconstrue is, they’ll say, ‘I have skin of color, so lasers are not for me’. And while it's true having pigment in your skin does complicate treatment with lasers, it doesn't mean that those options aren't available to you,” explains Ibrahimi.
While laser procedures can be performed safely in the right hands, you need to understand the complexity of lasers on ethnic skin. Conditions such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation can occur after the procedure. Ibrahimi says that's why it's important to visit a board-certified dermatologist if you’re looking into having a laser procedure.
Ibrahimi is a nationally recognized laser expert and one of the foremost physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of skin cancer, as well as medical and cosmetic issues involving the skin.