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Why do we use Fitz Scoring?

Why do we use Fitz Scoring?

Classification Types:

  • Type I (scores 0–6) always burns, never tans (pale, freckles)

  • Type II (scores 7–13) usually burns, tans minimally (light tone but not pale)

  • Type III (scores 14–20) sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly (golden or olive tone)

  • Type IV (scores 21–27) burns minimally, always tans well (moderate brown)

  • Type V (scores 28–34) very rarely burns, tans very easily (dark brown)

  • Type VI (scores 35–36) never burns (deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown)

Fitzpatrick Scale is a classification of skin color, used to select the appropriate aesthetic treatments and settings. Developed By Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, the scale is used to determine the amount of light that will be used for optimal treatment results. Skin color and the response to sun exposure are measured to classify skin types into 6 categories. These categories are important because too much heat or energy can damage the skin. Each skin type has specific parameters for each treatment. Dark and light skin tones react differently to heat and light exposure therefore requiring different settings, specifically for laser treatments.

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