Common Dermatologic Procedures and the Associated Complications Unique to Skin of Color

Prince Adotama, Nicole Papac, Andrew Alexis, Ashley Wysong, Lindsey Collins

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BACKGROUND: The skin of color (SOC) population in the United States continues to grow, and these patients are undergoing various cosmetic and surgical procedures at increasing rates. There is a paucity of data on the potential complications associated with surgical and cosmetic procedures in this patient population. OBJECTIVE: We aim to educate dermatologic surgeons and clinicians on surgical and cosmetic procedures in patients of color and increase awareness of the potential complications unique to this patient population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A thorough PubMed literature search was performed to conduct this review. RESULTS: There are a number of complications in SOC that require special attention, including keloids, postoperative infections, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, and hypopigmentation. There are also various precautions to consider when performing cosmetic procedures, such as neurotoxin and filler injections, laser therapy, microneedling, and chemical peels. CONCLUSION: Dermatologists should be aware of the potential cosmetic and surgical complications of this growing patient population to provide optimal evidence-based medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalDermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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