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Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2007 Aug;15(3):361-5, vii.

Aesthetic analysis of 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.


Attention to restoring healthy and more youthful facial skin complements facial plastic surgery, optimizing cosmetic results. Asian skin has structural and physiologic differences from white skin. These distinctions account for variations in response to ultraviolet light exposure and alternate clinical manifestations of photoaging. The response to cosmetic treatment modalities also differs in patients of darker skin pigmentation, and this needs to be recognized by the cosmetic and laser surgeon. This article reviews the biology of Asian skin and discusses a clinical approach to aesthetic analysis of Asian skin.

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