Combination therapy in skin of color including injectables, laser, and light devices
With the rapid increase in patients seeking cosmetic treatments, the variation in responses of lightly pigmented skin versus darkly pigmented skin has become increasingly apparent. Despite extensive treatment options in patients with skin of color, there is a paucity of well-designed studies performed on this patient population. The lack of research is concerning, as it is well documented that patients with darker skin types are at an increased risk of adverse events when treated with many of the available modalities used in cosmetic procedures. Fortunately, by combining a variety of treatments, these risks may be abrogated, and combination treatments may be a promising regimen for a wide variety of cosmetic complaints. An overview and evaluation of the research of combination therapy in skin of color is presented.