Say Goodbye to Brown, Splotchy Skin!
Have pregnancy, birth control pills, or heredity left you with brown patches of uneven-toned skin? You are not alone,million women live with melasma, a condition in which brown pigmentation (melanin) appears on the face, and can even create a mask-like appearance. For many patients melasma can cause a loss of confidence and even anxiety or depression.
Laser treatment – the most effective way to treat melasma
Results may vary: Melasma is hormone-related and can be resistant to treatment. Usually, patients can expect to see a dramatic improvement in skin tone after laser therapy, but there may be need for additional future treatments, particularly if hormones fluctuate in the future, such as with an additional pregnancy.
What is melasma?
Melasma is a chronic condition, most often triggered by pregnancy, the use of birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy. It also seems to run in families, and is more prevalent among Latina and Asian women.
Melasma can be a difficult condition to treat, and using the wrong device for your particular type of melasma can actually make the condition worse. This is why it’s important to choose a physician who is experienced in treating all forms of melasma and has invested in a variety of laser technologies to address the condition. The right tools in experienced hands make all the difference in the world when it comes to treating your melasma.
Modern laser technology
Lasers have truly revolutionized treatment for melasma.
This laser treatment penetrates the skin at a shallow depth, targeting the layers where much of the unwanted pigment from melasma resides. It is a good choice for both initial treatments and maintenance therapy, with treatments usually spaced about one month apart.
For the more aggressive treatment of melasma ReStore Dual laser, which is the gold standard for sun damaged skin. Its energy penetrates deep into the skin, eliminating the skin cells that cause melasma while protecting the skin’s outer layer. Dual laser treatments are usually performed monthly for a three or four month period.
The laser can target melanin in the deep dermis, making it another option for the treatment of melasma. This laser is especially useful when treating patients with darker skin, as its long wavelength provides a safer and more effective treatment. It treatments are usually provided in a series of visits, spaced two to three weeks apart, and are often used to supplement the great results from Dual laser.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments can also be helpful in some cases where the pigment from melasma is found in the epidermis, the upper most layer of the skin.
Depending on your skin and the type of melasma you have, our Laser Treatment expert will get to know your skin and identify the most effective options for you.
No matter which regimen a patient follows, strict sun avoidance and the use of a high quality sunblock are mandatory to decrease the risk of melasma returning and its severity.
Look like yourself again
With Excellence Laser Center’s approach to melasma treatment and management, you will look like yourself again. Best of all, you’ll have a new confidence when you’re out and about, knowing everyone can see the real you.
*Results may vary: Melasma is hormone-related and can be resistant to treatment. Usually, patients can expect to see a dramatic improvement in skin tone after laser therapy, but there may be need for additional future treatments, particularly if hormones fluctuate in the future, such as with an additional pregnancy.