Asian & Ethnic Skin Rejuvenation

Asian & Ethnic Skin Rejuvenation At A Glance

  • Best Results1-4 treatments
  • Treatment Recovery0-4 days
  • Procedure Time10-30 min
  • Skin SpecialistNurse, Therapist, Dermatologist
  • Duration of Results1+ yrs, Variable
  • AnaestheticNumbing if needed
  • Back to WorkImmediately to days
  • Cost$-$$

Asian & Ethnic Skin Rejuvenation

Brisbane has a mixture of ethnic skin types including Asian, Middle Eastern, as well as Caucasian skin types. Providing safe and effective skin rejuvenation for each skin type differs. Ethic and darker skin will need more specific and gentle laser treatments. My laser of choice include Fraxel, LaseMD & Pico laser.

FactsFacts on treating ethnic and Asian skin types

What is the difference in treating Asian & Ethnic Skin Rejuvenation types?

Skin rejuvenation in Asian and ethnic skin types is much harder than treating Caucasian and light skin patients. This is because if energy levels are too high, the result can be worse than the treatment. Ethnic skin has a much higher tendency towards skin darkening- known as PIH or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This means that laser parameters have to be gentle and precise. Gentler treatment reduces the chances of PIH. Conversely Ethnic patients will need more treatments to achieve the same result.

Having a Specialist who treats Ethnic skin on a daily basis is advisable, as we can reduce the incidence of side effects, but provide the best outcomes.

What conditions are more common in Asian and ethnic skin?

Ethnic skin is not immune to conditions such as freckles, age spots, wrinkles, poor skin texture & pigmentation. There are however several skin conditions that are more common in Asian skin types. These include-

Skin pigmentation / Melasma  this skin condition is much more common in Indians, Fijians, Pacific Islanders, Sri Lankans as well as Caucasian. Melasma presents are patchy areas of skin darkening around the eyes, forehead, and upper lip. Bleaching creams, and Q Switch laser can help reduce pigmentation by 80%.

Age spots and sun spots – these can also occur on Asian skin. The use of erbium laser, Q Switch laser, LaseMD, Pico or Fraxel can reduce pigmentation, rejuvenate skin and improve wrinkles. The 1927 wavelength is my preferred laser as the chances of skin darkening is very low with this machine. I also combine Pico lasers (not the older Picosure laser, but the Picoway)

Vitligo- Vitligo is characterized by white patches most commonly around the eyes, mouth, limbs, and trunk. Vitiligo is more noticeable in darker skin types due to the contrast in skin color.  This condition can be treated with anti-inflammatory creams and narrowband phototherapy.

Syringomas- are tiny lumps and bumps that lie on the lower eyelids. Lumps may also occur on the upper eyelids. They do not cause symptoms but often increase in numbers over the years. Treatment using an Erbium laser is the best method to remove these lesions.

Picosure Focus laser Asian skin type. Mixed pigment including melasma post inflammatory pigment
Picosure Focus laser Asian skin type. Mixed pigment including melasma post-inflammatory pigment.
Asian & Ethnic Skin Rejuvenation
PIH is common in Asians, Middle Eastern & African ethnicities.


What skin lightening and tightening program is best for Asian and ethnic patients?

The pico second laser can markedly improve pigment in Asian & darker skin type. We have 2 devices- the Picoway & the Picosure Pro.

Rejuvenation addresses collagen, clarity & colour for the treatment of ethnic and Asian skin types. This program address the 3 most important aspects of skin rejuvenation with utmost safety and efficacy.

We employ Pico lasers & the 1927 Thulium wavelength to treat pigment, improve skin texture, and decrease wrinkles. Unlike IPL or other lasers, this program is a gentle but effective as it targets both superficial pigment & deeper collagen.

Why do skin tightening treatments work better with Ethnic Skin types?

Darker skin types have more reactive fibroblasts. This means that ethnic skin can contract collagen easier than age matched Caucasian patients. Additionally collagen bundles are more dense in darker patients. Energy devices such as HIFU & RF (Tempsure, Pelleve, & Thermage) work better in darker skin.

The flip side? Ethnic skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation, hence lasers treatments are much more conservative.

Davin’s viewpoint on treating Asian and ethnic skin types

Brisbane is increasingly becoming more ethnic in population with a mixture of Asians, South Americans, Latinos, Middle Eastern and Pacific Islanders. Treating cosmetic concerns such as age-spots, wrinkles, skin pigmentation & sun damage can be challenging. If conventional techniques are employed, skin darkening can occur. Laser treatments have to be conservative, and the parameters precise. The use of hats, sunscreen and sun avoidance post laser is absolutely essential or skin darkening will occur.

Picosure acne scars
Pico lasers are great for treating skin of colour. 2-4 session can improve pigment as well as fine lines & wrinkles.

My favoured laser is the 1927 wavelength. We have 3 of these lasers, namely LaseMD, Fraxel as well as the Clear & Brilliant. These lasers provide gentle treatments over several sessions. I often combine this treatment with vitamin A, B and C creams as well as pigment inhibitors.

Skin rejuvenation including a reduction in pore size, wrinkles, & improved skin texture and tone can all be achieved, however an extra few laser treatments are needed. Newer generation Pico lasers including the Picoway are much better compare to the older Picosure (first generation lasers).

Pico lasers, unlike the Fraxel has NO downtime. Treatments are gentle and gradual, and performed over a few weeks. This is ideal for skin pigmentation and can be used to improve skin texture and skin tone.

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