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Philadelphia and Mainline Center of Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
dermatosis treatment in Philadelphia

Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

African American and Ethnic Skin Care

Dark skin - Some common treatments:

  • Acne
  • Acne Scars
  • Keloids
  • Dermatosis
  • Laser hair removal
  • Tattoo removal
  • Melasma

Training and working at four inner city university hospital in NYC and Philadelphia we are fortunate to have the opportunity and experience to treat a broad range of skin of diverse ethnicity. People of different origin have indeed significant differences in the composition of their skin. On one hand darker pigment protects our skin from the sun but on the other hand inflammation of the skin may result in significant unwanted discoloration. As darker skin runs into a potential risk of discoloration, different lasers, procedures, and medications may be appropriate to safely and effectively treat not only medical but also cosmetic conditions.

As a large portion of our patients is from diverse and mixed ethnic background, we invested in technology that is specifically suited or even "color blind". We provide peels that correct dark pigment, we remove dark "moles" (dermatosis papulose nigra ), we treat keloids with unique cryoshape technology and more

Treatment of keloids

Keloids are genetic condition that is more common among black and mediterranean. For more information about keloids and treatment of keloids visit our keloids page.

Keloids Philadelphia - before and after
Keloids treatments at a black skin person

Treatment of acne scar on darker skin

Treating acne scar on dark skin requires special considerations. Improper treatment can results in permanent damage to the skin without improving the scar texture. Fortunately, there are now two new technologies that allow us to treat scars with minimal risk of damaging the healthy skin around the scar. Our Picosure laser can safely soften the scar tissue and a following treatment with Infini microneedling triggers colligen production that elevates the skin in the scar area. We have recently developed a new treatment protocol for darker patients that can now benefit from results that were not be possible before.

Treating scars with Infini and Picosure
Acne scar and skin texture treatment

Treatment of Acne on a dark skin

It is important to control the inflammation caused by acne as early as possible in order to prevent post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Similarly, It is also important to avoid irritating topical medications. Those who had difficulty managing their acne and were left with dark marks that can be focal or widespread, can go through Picosure laser, microdermabrasion, Photodynamic therapy, Melanage treatments to lift the dark pigment and restore the original and lighter complexion.

Next New Patient Appointment: Mon, Jul 26 1:50PM

Laser hair removal for dark skin

Safe and effective laser hair removal is not available for dark skin. The NDYag laser achieves permanent hair reduction of 80-90% of the hair in 6-8 treatments, other laser types may be less effective and in some cases may impose hyper and hipo pigmentation risk.

The diode laser (Often referred to as "the laser that treats all skin types") requires more treatments and is not suiteable for darker Indian or African American skin types. Hair removal with IPL carries high risk of hyperpigmentation with a very low hair reduction effectiveness. Hair removal with the alexandrite laser should never be performed on a mediternnian or darker skin.

See more information about laser hair removal for dark skin click here

Before and after picture of facial hair removal for a dark skin person
Hair Removal for dark skin

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SKIN

# of surveys: 3885
Last updated: 7/21/2021 11:52 AM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
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probably
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Compare our service to other similar practices

excellent
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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

(Answers:674)

That was the most thorough appointment I have had in a very long time. I was given numerous options that were tailored for my skin needs.

#12011-12-06 10:16:06

It was a very good experience in all - see you next year!

#22021-01-18

I liked that Dr.Ringpfeil answered all of my questions, and spent time with me going over all the problems.She is very helpful and knowlegable.

#32021-03-29

prompt everything explained clearly

#42021-07-02

The ample amount of time that the dr spent talking to me

#52021-02-10

I liked how the doctor gave me the prices of procedures that we discussed. Every doctor should do that!!

#62021-07-22

Friendliness

#72021-07-03

The whole visit

#82021-03-02

I am very impressed with Dr. Ringpfeil. She took the time to answer all my questions. I never felt rushed. I would recommend her to everyone I know.

#92020-12-20

Dr took time to answer all my questions.

#102020-11-01

What can we do better?

(answers:373)

Evening hours

#12021-04-06

more availability for appointments.

#22021-06-21

maybe offering a bit more evaluation of options -that I haven't already thought of or asked about- for skin care and amelioration, as I am not certain what exists

#32020-07-28

NO COMMENT AT THIS TIME.

#42021-01-13

I do not believe there is a need to improve.

#52010-11-01 14:00:26

relocate to our area (just kidding)

#62020-08-20

everything was beyond my expectations . No doctor has ever given me such a complete exam

#72010-10-07 10:02:42

Everything was excellent.

#82020-12-07

Everything was great! and everyone was very nice.

#92010-10-19 10:16:48

Can not be better!

#102011-04-05 09:29:32
Customer Rating : 4.5

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