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Does laser resurfacing remove pigmentation?

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Dr. Rian Maercks
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: It really depends on the pigment issue and the type of laser. Make sure that you treat with topical pigment suppression for 4-6 weeks before treatment with a laser!
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Yes but be careful: It helps to remove pigment but there are many side-effects that an experienced doctor needs to warn you about. It causes increased sensitivity to the sun so if you're not careful about sun protection afterwards you can actually get worse pigmentation in the long run. Noninvasive lasers may be a safer bet especially for ethnic skin because they do not have as many side-effects.

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Last updated Jan 12, 2019

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