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Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2007 Aug;15(3):367-80, vii.

Diagnosis and treatment of pigmentary disorders in Asian skin.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center, University of California, San Francisco, 1701 Divisadero Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA.


Individuals of Asian heritage are predisposed to congenital and acquired pigmentary disorders. Cosmetic enhancement is frequently the primary treatment goal for these benign lesions. Accurate diagnosis of the nature of the pigmentary disorder is fundamental for administering safe and effective therapy. Before the advent of modern laser technology, such reported treatments as cryotherapy, dermabrasion, chemical peeling, and surgical excision resulted in unpredictable results. This article focuses on the diagnosis of disorders of pigmentation in Asian patients and reviews laser and light treatment modalities.

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