When it comes to skin of different ethnicities, it is important for patients of the Washington, DC area to work with a board certified dermatologist who can provide effective and safe dermatological solutions for patients with skin of color.
Dermatologists use the Fitzpatrick scale to determine the ability to sunburn of the skin which will help them choose the most appropriate services for that individual and their specific needs. Patients with Fitzpatrick skin types III-VI are becoming increasingly common and it is essential that a skin professional take this into consideration when helping these men and women decide on the dermatological services that can best assist them with their skin concerns.
There are many services that can be used on more richly pigmented individuals which were once thought to only be used on patients with lighter complexions. Laser hair removal can be performed on patients with skin of color even though in the past it was not recommended because of the risk of hyperpigmentation. Patients with skin of color can also benefit from cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers, cosmetic injectables used to address the unwanted signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and folds in the skin on the face.
Additionally, patients with highly pigmented skin are also at a lower risk of skin cancer. This is because the epidermal melanin in their skin is higher and offers a form of protection against sun damage as compared to those of a lighter complexion and skin tone. However, because of this, skin cancer is harder to detect and diagnosis may be prolonged until the prognosis is not as favorable. This is why our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Burgess, encourages patients of all skin types to visit her practice yearly for thorough skin cancer screenings for early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Cheryl Burgess of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery wants new and existing patients of all skin types and complexions to visit her practice for safe and effective solutions for their specific skin care needs. From cosmetic solutions to surgical dermatology, we provide a myriad of options for those who visit our state-of-the-art dermatology practice.