Types and Causes of Melasma
Many women often develop Pigmented Upper Lip Melasma when pregnant or using contraceptives or taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). At City Laser Clinic, we typically see women between the ages of 20 and 40 years with Melasma, and appreciate the distress that arises from these facial blemishes, especially when other treatments have failed. The appearance of Melasma is usually exacerbated over time as we age and through exposure to the Sun.
For Melasma that arises from pregnancy or using contraceptives or taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT); the discoloration usually reduces over a period of several months after giving birth or cessation of the oral contraceptives or HRT. For Melasma not associated with pregnancy, contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy a range of treatment to reduce the prominence of the discolouration are available.
A common treatment for pigmented skin is make-up to cover the blemish. While make-up and other topical applications can be effective for the most part they require ongoing treatment and only cover up the pigmentation or achieve minimal reduction of the pigmentation. Therapeutic Laser treatment is increasingly being recommended as a safe and effective therapy for Melasma.
Benefits of the MedLite C6 Q-switched laser for treating Melasma
The inherent nature of Melasma does make treatment a challenge since Melasma is a mixed dermal (deep) and epidermal (superficial) form of skin pigmentation. The pigmentation develops through these layers of the skin, effective treatment of Melasma has previously been difficult to achieve.
A substantial body of opinion has developed revealing that Q-switched lasers such as the MedLite laser as used by City Laser Clinic are especially effective because the machine can deliver several wavelengths of therapeutic laser. The ability to deliver different laser forms, appropriate for the various types of lesion is especially necessary for treating Melasma because it presents as dermal (deep) and epidermal (superficial) pigmentation. The MedLite C6 allows the operator to select:
- A wavelength of 532nm suitable for treatment of near surface (epidermal) skin pigmentations as well as;
- A wavelength of 1064 nm that is more suitable for treatment of pigmentations in the dermal (deep) layer of the skin.
At City Laser Clinic, we understand the distress and embarrassment that skin blemishes such as melasma can cause. City Laser Clinic laser therapists have established that the Q-Switch laser is the most effective resource for treatment of skin blemishes such as Melasma, because of the functional ability to select and deliver the laser wavelength best suited to the depth of the discolouration.
City Laser Clinic laser therapists have the experience, training and qualifications to provide safe and effective treatment of all types of skin pigmentations. The City Laser Clinic laser therapists do sometimes need to refer clients to their General Medical Practitioner for assessment and when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided. As with all Laser therapy treatments, the frequency and number of treatments will depend on your skin type, the area affected and the size of that area.
Contact us on 02 9232 80 90 to arrange a free laser consultation to discuss a laser treatment plan that suits your needs.
Are there any Precautions to take during treatment?
As with all laser treatment, you must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before treatment, during treatment and for some weeks following laser treatment.
At City Laser Clinic, our experienced qualified laser therapists will advise you based on your skin type and the nature of the treatments that you are receiving. Contact City Laser Clinic on 02 9232 80 90 to arrange your FREE laser consultation to discuss your needs with one of our trained, qualified and experienced laser therapists, and develop a laser treatment plan that meets your proper expectations.
Upper Lip only area per Treatment – $90.00