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J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2017 Feb;19(1):2-12. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2016.1229485.

Energy-based device treatment of melasma: An update and review of the literature.

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a Dermatology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis , Missouri , USA.
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b Dermatology, Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen , New Jersey , USA.
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c Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, Hackensack , New Jersey , USA.
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d Hackensack UMC Palisades, North Bergen , New Jersey , USA.
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e Walden University, Minneapolis , Minnesota , USA.
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f Director, Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, Westwood , New Jersey , USA.

Abstract

Melasma is an acquired pigmentary disorder commonly seen in sun-exposed areas. Predominantly affecting women of childbearing age, melasma can be difficult to treat for many patients. A variety of options currently exist; however, definitive treatment remains elusive. This article provides a review of the current literature and examines in detail the various energy-based devices used to treat melasma.

KEYWORDS:

Laser; Melanosomes; Melasma; Q-Switch

PMID:
27594445
DOI:
10.1080/14764172.2016.1229485
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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