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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.

Lasers in melasma: A review with consensus recommendations by Indian pigmentary expert group.
Sarkar R, Aurangabadkar S, Salim T, Das A, Shah S, Majid I, Singh M, Ravichandran G, Godse K, Arsiwala S, Arya L, Gokhale N, Sarma N, Torsekar RG, Sonthalia S, Somani VK.
Indian J Dermatol. 2017 Nov-Dec;62(6):585-590. doi: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_488_17. 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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