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Laser therapy


Nonablative fractional laser resurfacing in skin of color: Evidence-based review.
Kaushik SB, Alexis AF.
J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2017 Jun;10(6):51-67. Epub 2017 Jun 1. Systematic review.

The efficacy and safety of the fractional radiofrequency technique for the treatment of atrophic acne scar in Asians: A meta-analysis.
Dai R, Xie H, Hua W, Li XH, Li BD.
J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2017 Apr 7. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2017.1314507. [Epub ahead of print]. Systematic review.

Laser treatments for postinflammatory hyperpigmentation: A systematic review.
Agbai O, Hamzavi I, Jagdeo J.
JAMA Dermatol. 2016 Dec 14. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4399. [Epub ahead of print]. Systematic review.

Fractional resurfacing in the Asian patient: Current state of the art.
Wat H, Wu DC, Chan HH.
Lasers Surg Med. 2016 Sep 8. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22579. [Epub ahead of print] Systematic review.

Comparison of clinical efficacy and complications between Q-switched alexandrite laser and Q-switched Nd:YAG laser on nevus of Ota: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Yu P, Yu N, Diao W, Yang X, Feng Y, Qi Z.
Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Apr;31(3):581-91. doi: 10.1007/s10103-016-1885-z. Epub 2016 Feb 9. Systematic review.

Melasma and laser treatment: an evidence[d]-based analysis.
Halachmi S, Haedersdal M, Lapidoth M.
Lasers Med Sci. 2014 Mar;29(2):589-98. doi: 10.1007/s10103-013-1318-1. Epub 2013 Jun 14. Systematic review.

Treatment of keloid scars using light-, laser- and energy-based devices: a contemporary review of the literature.
Forbat E, Ali FR, Al-Niaimi F.
Lasers Med Sci. 2017 Oct 18. doi: 10.1007/s10103-017-2332-5. [Epub ahead of print]. Review.

Laser and light treatments for hair reduction in Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI: A comprehensive review of the literature.
Fayne RA, Perper M, Eber AE, Aldahan AS, Nouri K.
Am J Clin Dermatol. 2017 Aug 8. doi: 10.1007/s40257-017-0316-7. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

A review of laser and light therapy in melasma.
Trivedi MK, Yang FC, Cho BK.
Int J Womens Dermatol. 2017 Mar 21;3(1):11-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ijwd.2017.01.004. eCollection 2017 Mar. Review.

What devices to use or not use in skin of color.
Alam M.
Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2016 Dec;35(4):218-222. doi: 10.12788/j.sder.2016.061. Review.

Combination therapy in skin of color including injectables, laser, and light devices.
Guss L, Bolton JG, Fabi SG.
Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2016 Dec;35(4):211-217. doi: 10.12788/j.sder.2016.059. Review.

A review of melasma treatment focusing on laser and light devices.
Li JY, Geddes ER, Robinson DM, Friedman PM.
Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2016 Dec;35(4):223-232. doi: 10.12788/j.sder.2016.060. Review.

Theoretical review of the treatment of pigmented lesions in Asian skin.
Kono T, Shek SY, Chan HH, Groff WF, Imagawa K, Akamatsu T.
Laser Ther. 2016 Oct 1;25(3):179-184. Review.

Facial hyperpigmentation in darker skin types: Part 2.
Bala HR, Rodrigues M.
Dermatology in Practice. 2016 Winter;22(4):105-108. Review.

Treatment of primary cutaneous amyloidosis with laser: a review of the literature. 
Al Yahya RS.
Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print]. Review.

Lasers and nevus of Ota: a comprehensive review.
Shah VV, Bray FN, Aldahan AS, Mlacker S, Nouri K.
Lasers Med Sci. 2016 Jan;31(1):179-85. doi: 10.1007/s10103-015-1834-2. Epub 2015 Nov 12. Review.

Laser skin treatment in non-Caucasian patients. 
Richter AL, Barrera J, Markus RF, Brissett A.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Aug;22(3):439-46. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2014.04.006. Epub 2014 Jun 10. Review.

Laser and face peel procedures in non-Caucasians. 
Been MJ, Mangat DS.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Aug;22(3):447-52. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2014.04.012. Epub 2014 Jun 10. Review.

Lasers and light-based therapies in ethnic skin: treatment options and recommendations for Fitzpatrick skin types V and VI. 
Alexis AF.
Br J Dermatol. 2013 Oct;169 Suppl 3:91-7. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12526. Review.

The use of ablative lasers in the treatment of facial melasma. 
Morais OO, Lemos ÉF, Sousa MC, Gomes CM, Costa IM, Paula CD.
An Bras Dermatol. 2013 Mar-Apr;88(2):238-42. doi: 10.1590/S0365-05962013000200009. Review.

Treatment of melasma and the use of intense pulsed light: a review. 
Zaleski L, Fabi S, Goldman MP.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2012 Nov;11(11):1316-20. Review.

Lasers for treatment of melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 
Arora P, Sarkar R, Garg VK, Arya L.
J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2012 Apr;5(2):93-103. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.99436. Review.

Laser treatment of pigmented lesions for Asians. 
Wong JK.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2011 May;19(2):417-22. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2011.05.008. Review.

Laser therapy in black skin. 
Woolery-Lloyd H, Viera MH, Valins W.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2011 May;19(2):405-16. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2011.05.007. Review

Cosmetic laser treatments for skin of color: a focus on safety and efficacy. 
Battle EF Jr.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2011 Jan;10(1):35-8. Review. No abstract available.

[Is there any place for laser devices in the treatment of melasma?]. 
Badri T, Hammami H, Benmously R, Mokhtar I, Fenniche S.
Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2011;138(4):319-20. doi: 10.1016/j.annder.2010.12.016. Epub 2011 Feb 1. Review. French. No abstract available.

Laser treatment of dark skin: an updated review. 
Shah S, Alster TS.
Am J Clin Dermatol. 2010 Dec 1;11(6):389-97. doi: 10.2165/11538940-000000000-00000. Review

Review of the literature: Treatment of dyspigmentation with fractionated resurfacing. 
Tierney EP, Hanke CW.
Dermatol Surg. 2010 Oct;36(10):1499-508. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2010.01672.x. Review.

Laser treatment for ethnic skin. 
Carniol PJ, Woolery-Lloyd H, Zhao AS, Murray K.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2010 Feb;18(1):105-10. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2009.11.009. Review.

The use of lasers in darker skin types. 
Battle EF Jr, Soden CE Jr.
Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2009 Jun;28(2):130-40. doi: 10.1016/j.sder.2009.04.003. Review.

Laser photorejuvenation of Asian and ethnic skin. 
Izikson L.
J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2008 Sep;10(3):161-6. doi: 10.1080/14764170802308427. Review.

Laser surgery in dark skin. 
Bhatt N, Alster TS.
Dermatol Surg. 2008 Feb;34(2):184-94; discussion 194-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2007.34036.x. Review.

Latest laser and light-based advances for ethnic skin rejuvenation. 
Elsaie ML, Lloyd HW.
Indian J Dermatol. 2008;53(2):49-53. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.41643. Review.

Comparison of adverse events of laser and light-assisted hair removal systems in skin types IV-VI. 
Breadon JY, Barnes CA.
J Drugs Dermatol. 2007 Jan;6(1):40-6. Review.

[Laser treatment and black skin]. 
Benamor S, Cabotin PP.
Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2006 Nov;133(11):945-51. Review. French. No abstract available.

Pigmentary disorders in Asian skin: treatment with laser and intense pulsed light sources. 
Lin JY, Chan HH.
Skin Therapy Lett. 2006 Oct;11(8):8-11. Review.

Nonablative laser surgery for pigmented skin. 
Goldberg DJ.
Dermatol Surg. 2005 Oct;31(10):1263-7. Review.

Effective and safe use of lasers, light sources, and radiofrequency devices in the clinical management of Asian patients with selected dermatoses. 
Chan HH.
Lasers Surg Med. 2005 Sep;37(3):179-85. Review.

Cutaneous laser surgery in darker skin phototypes. 
Tanzi EL, Alster TS.
Cutis. 2004 Jan;73(1):21-4, 27-30. Review.

Laser-assisted hair removal for darker skin types. 
Battle EF Jr, Hobbs LM.
Dermatol Ther. 2004;17(2):177-83. Review.

Laser therapy on darker ethnic skin. 
Battle EF Jr, Hobbs LM.
Dermatol Clin. 2003 Oct;21(4):713-23. Review.

Cutaneous diseases in the black races. 
Halder RM, Roberts CI, Nootheti PK.
Dermatol Clin. 2003 Oct;21(4):679-87, ix. Review.

Lasers in ethnic skin: a review.
Jackson BA.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Jun;48(6 Suppl):S134-8. Review.

Laser resurfacing in ethnic skin. 
Jackson BA.
Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2002 Nov;10(4):397-404. Review. No abstract available.

Clinical application of lasers in Asians. 
Chan HH, Alam M, Kono T, Dover JS.
Dermatol Surg. 2002 Jul;28(7):556-63. Review.


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