Melasma is the brown spots on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, or jaw line that is triggered by hormones and light. Hormones stimulate the growth of cells that make brown pigment (melanocytes) and natural light stimulates the production of even more brown pigment (melanin). Estrogens in oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy can also do this. So you have two problems: too many cells making brown pigment and light constantly stimulating them.
For many patients with Melasma, it can have an emotional and physiological effect which impacts their self-esteem and personality. At Skin Square, we understand how important this issue is and we hope to treat it with the worlds best lasers available
The Q-Switched Nd:YAG 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. Q-Switched Nd:YAG 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 our prescriptions and the Fraxel 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 dermatologist will get to know your skin and identify the most effective options for you.

  • Minimal Pain
  • Laser Spray for the Entire face & affected areas
  • No Downtime
  • May require multiple sessions every 2 to 4 weeks or as consulted by the physician

How Does The Laser Treatment Work? ?

The Melanin soaks up the Laser beam’s energy and gets extremely hot for a fraction of a second. This is enough to break up the pigment causing it to fade slowly. Over the next few weeks the body can reduce the pigment level. When these are out of the way the laser beam can shine down to the next layer of pigment in the following session. Allow at least 15 days to a month between treatments.

What are the Unwanted Effects?

Sensitivity in the skin is unlikely but can occur. If it does occur it is usually in the form of some change in texture of the skin. This is more likely if you rub or over expose the treated area to the sun without any Sunscreen. The chances of it happening can be reduced by following the doctors prescription to the point throughout the course of treatment.

What is the Post-treatment aftercare ?

A sun tan gets in the way of the laser light, so avoid the sun, or use a high SPF sunscreen, before and during treatment.Be gentle with the treated area until it has settled down so as to minimize the risk of scars. Avoid picking and scratching.

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