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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: Wed, Oct 27 8:30AM

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: 3903
Last updated: 10/13/2021 5:43 PM

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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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)

The concern and empathy of the doctor and all the office staff regarding my daughter. Thank you so much!

#12021-08-05

I am extremely impressed. Felt comfortable and confident in the doctor's treatments. the staff was very professional yet kind and very helpful. The doctor's knowledge of medical condition

#22020-10-30

everything is very thorough and comprehensive

#32011-11-02 11:42:46

colors and plants

#42010-12-13 11:23:03

The time and attention from the Doctor....

#52021-03-31

Very Professional and Friendly. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

#62021-08-16

I rea;;y appreciated how soon I was given an appointment and also how friendly all of the staff are. The office is beautiful.

#72021-05-03

everyone was very friendly and didn't make me feel self conscious.

#82011-06-01 18:06:14

Friendly, curteous service from all I was in contact with.

#92021-04-23

The waiting room had interesting products and information. The staff were professional, kind and had a nice process.

#102010-11-10 12:28:11

What can we do better?

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You were great. No suggestions

#12021-08-25

I am completely satisfied with the current level of service and really can't think of anything that you could improve upon. This survey is a good thing.

#22010-10-13 09:38:13

beethoven & mahler symphonic music pumped N2 waiting area* squash magazine & velonews & roleur periodical*(my wish list JK)

#32021-08-15

I really can't think of anything to add

#42010-11-24 09:41:39

There is nothing I can even think of! Wonderful Staff!!

#52011-09-09 15:04:20

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#62021-03-02

no suggestions, you are doing a good job

#72021-07-13

Hard to say, this was a short visit and the service and treatment, as far as I can tell, were excellent

#82021-09-21

More appointment availability either early or later (before or after the normal 9-5 workday)

#92010-08-23 16:22:28

Everything was good

#102011-03-08 15:22:54
Customer Rating : 4.5

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