How is skin discoloration treated in stasis dermatitis?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020
  • Author: Scott L Flugman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Stasis pigmentation, resulting from hemosiderin deposition, is notoriously difficult to treat and typically does not resolve even when the underlying stasis dermatitis is well controlled with topical therapy. For patients who are bothered by the cosmetic appearance of stasis pigmentation, the use of concealing cosmetic products is frequently the best option. However, some authors have reported improvement of stasis pigmentation after treatment with a noncoherent intense pulsed light (IPL) source. [33]


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