Light-Based Therapies for Skin of Color
Light-based therapies have been a major component of dermatologic practice. Historically, these treatment modalities have been mainly tailored to the treatment of patients with light skin. Principles governing use of light therapies in skin of color are less defined. However, there is a tremendous need to understand the benefits and limitations of these therapeutic options for dark-skinned patients as well. Demographic data in the United States alone indicate that the population and recipients of health care are rapidly changing with regard to skin phototype. Physicians who are involved in the delivery of care for patients with cutaneous problems that can be addressed by light treatments need to be able to fully understand the mechanisms, applications, risks, efficacy, adverse events, and other pertinent issues in considering treatment options for their patients with pigmented skin.
Chapters written by experts who know both the science and practice of dermatologic light therapiesDeals with a high impact subject due to increasing populations of patients with skin of colorFills a knowledge gap in clinical practice/patient carePresented in a very comprehensive yet practical application-oriented manner suitable for both trainees and practitioners