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Fact or Fiction: Lasers in Skin Care
by Staff
Laser skin care is not only for zapping fat and unsightly veins. Take this quiz and find out how you much you know about laser skin care treatment.

People with fair complexions are not ideal candidates for laser skin resurfacing.

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  • almost fact: It's people with darker skin who might want to avoid it.

After laser skin resurfacing, your skin could be extremely sensitive to the sun for up to a year.

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  • almost fact: Sun sensitivity usually wanes after a month or so.

With laser skin resurfacing, you run the risk of hyperpigmentation.

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  • almost fact: You could get hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

Laser skin resurfacing is generally used for severe cases of facial scarring.

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  • almost fact: It's used for scarring and for discoloration.

In laser skin resurfacing, a carbon dioxide laser dissolves the top layer of your skin.

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  • almost fact: It's a titanium laser.

Lasers have been approved for use in acne treatment.

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  • almost fact: They're still in the experimental stage.

Most insurance plans don't cover most laser acne treatments.

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  • almost fact: That was the case in the past, but now most treatments are covered.

Lasers have been used for tattoo removal since the mid-1990s.

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  • almost fact: It's only been since 2003.

If you have a green-and-yellow tattoo that you'd like to get rid of, you're in luck -- those are the colors that lasers remove most easily.

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  • almost fact: Add red to that list of easily removed tattoo colors.

If you want laser tattoo removal, you'll be on the hook for at least several hundred dollars.

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  • almost fact: More than that -- laser tattoo removal starts at around $2,000.