Alabaster skin after CO2 laser resurfacing: evidence for suppressed melanogenesis rather than just melanocyte destruction.

@article{Helm2006AlabasterSA,
  title={Alabaster skin after CO2 laser resurfacing: evidence for suppressed melanogenesis rather than just melanocyte destruction.},
  author={Thomas N Helm and Samuel Shatkin},
  journal={Cutis},
  year={2006},
  volume={77 1},
  pages={15-7}
}
Hypopigmentation is a recognized side effect of CO2 laser resurfacing. Pigment abnormalities are a major side effect of facial laser procedures and can cause much emotional distress. We report a case of a patient who, after receiving laser treatment, developed persistent hypopigmentation that has defied a variety of treatment attempts. Results of histologic and immunohistochemical studies support the hypothesis that suppressed melanogenesis rather than just destruction of melanocytes is… CONTINUE READING