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Melasma

 

What is Melasma?

Melasma (also called Chloasma) is an extremely difficult condition to treat using traditional methods. Most commonly seen on the facial skin of women, it is a hormonally induced pigmentation condition which is generally characterised by a symmetrical pattern of darker blotchy grey-brown pigmentation around the eyes and cheeks, and above the lip, chin or brow. Melasma is stimulated by UV light, and if treated incorrectly, can worsen. Year round, life long sun protection and a wide brimmed hat is absolutely necessary to prevent melasma and to minimise any recurrence. 

How to treat Melasma

There are two types of melasma characterised by the depth in the skin of the pigmentation. Whilst epidermal pigmentation may temporarily fade with topical lightening agents, the deeper, dermal form of melsama needs to be treated with cosmelan® or dermamelan® professional depigmentation program or with Q-switched or pico laser. The most effective method is the dermamelan® de-pigmentation program as key ingredients are 30% more powerful at removing pigmentation than cosmelan®.

                             

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What is Q-switched laser?

Q-switched laser energy pulse is extremely short duration and therefore shatters the pigment which can then be removed by the lymphatic system. This will result in fading and reduction of the uneven pigmentation.

Laser for pigmentation removal is suitable where patients do not want any down time from pigment removal procedures and where they realise that many treatments may be needed to get the desired results.

What results can be expected with Q-switched laser treatment?

Q-switched laser is effective and safe on all skin types.

This includes Asian, Indian and African skin. It is a world class laser that safely improves uneven skin colour, skin texture, pore size, sebum production and brightens the appearance of the skin while providing skin rejuvenation.

Studies have also shown it to improve acne, acne scars and fine wrinkles.

How Many Laser Treatment Sessions Are Required?

Generally at least 6 melasma laser treatment sessions at one to two week intervals are needed to get significant fading of uneven pigmentation. After each treatment, you should notice that the pigmentation has progressively lightened.  The longer you leave your pigmentation untreated the more difficult it will to be to remove it.

Extreme care needs to be taken during and after the course of laser treatments to ensure that you avoid sun exposure, always apply a high quality sunscreen, high quality mineral foundation for a physical barrier and wear a wide brimmed hat. Exposure to UV light will once again stimulate the melanocytes and to create melasma and unwanted pigmentation. If you do get any new melasma it is important to have it treated immediately to minimise the number of treatments you need. As long as all other required skin protocols are being observed the patient may only need one to two treatments to remove it.

About the Consultation

A consultation with one of our specialist nurses/clinicians is required to determine your suitability for laser or cosmelan/dermamelan treatment. We will assess your skin and advise on the most appropriate treatment options for your skin.

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