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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 585-590

Lasers in melasma: A review with consensus recommendations by Indian pigmentary expert group

1 Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Consultant Dermatologist, Skin and Laser Clinic, Begumpet, Hyderabad, India
3 Consultant Dermatologist, Cutis Institute of Dermatology and Aesthetic Sciences, Calicut, Kerala, India
4 Dermatology, KPC Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
5 Consultant Dermatologist, Solapur, Maharashtra, India
6 Dermatology, Govt Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
7 Consultant Dermatologist, Mohan Singh Diseases Hospital, Phagwara, Punjab, India
8 Senior Consultant and Coordinator, Dermatology, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India
9 Dermatology, D Y Patil Hospital, Navi Mumbai, India
10 Consultant Dermatologist, Saifee Hospital, Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mumbai, India
11 Consultant Dermatologist, L A Skin & Aesthetic Clinic, New Delhi, India
12 Consultant Dermatologist, Sklinic Skin Clinic, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
13 Dermatology, Dr. B.C.Roy Postgraduate Institute of Pediatric Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
14 Consultant Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, India
15 Consultant Dermatologist, Skinnocence: The Skin Clinic, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
16 Consultant Dermatologist, Skintrendz, Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Rashmi Sarkar
Department of Dermatology, Maualna Azad Medical College, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_488_17

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Lasers have come up as the newest therapeutic modality in dermatological conditions including melasma. In this article, as a group of experts from Pigmentary Disorders Society in collaboration with South Asian Pigmentary Disorders Forum (SPF), we have tried to discuss the lasers which have been used in melasma and formulate simple consensus guidelines. Following thorough literature search, we have summarised the rationale of using the lasers and the supporting evidences have also been provided. It is clear that laser cannot be the first line treatment for melasma. However, it can be used as an adjuvant therapy in resistant cases, provided the selection of patient and counselling has been done properly.

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