Successful treatment of malar dermal melasma with a fractional ablative CO2 laser in a patient with type v skin

Academic Article


  • Background/Objective: Melasma is a common disorder of hypermelanosis, and although numerous treatment modalities have been employed, many cases are refractory to treatment or the improvement after therapy is temporary. Methods: The clinical files, treatment parameters, and photographs of a 59-year-old female with black skin with refractory malar dermal melasma treated using a fractionally ablative CO2laser (Affirm 10 600 nm) for seven sessions were carefully reviewed. Results: After treatment, clinical improvement was achieved. Conclusion: The fractional ablative CO2laser is a potentially safe and effective modality for the treatment of dermal melasma in Fitzpatrick type V skin. © 2010 Informa UK, Ltd.
  • Published In

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Author List

  • Neeley MR; Pearce FB; Collawn SS
  • Start Page

  • 258
  • End Page

  • 260
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 6