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Melasma

Melasma is a hormonal condition that is common mainly in women and/or individuals with darker skin types. Visually, it looks like irregular brown patches that usually show up on our face. Scientists have not yet found the cause of melasma however they have discovered the circumstances that might trigger it. These triggers include sun exposure, pregnancy, steroids, photosensitizing medication, contraception pill, and other hormonal conditions. There also appears to be a genetic link, with melasma being more common amongst German, Russian and Asian ethnicities.

Melasma that is due to pregnancy or medication, the discoloration usually reduces several months post-birth or after stopping the triggering medication. For Melasma not related to pregnancy or medication, there are treatments available to reduce the prominence of the discolouration.

Melasma Treatment

At City Laser Clinic we understand the distress and embarrassment that skin blemishes such as melasma can cause. Our therapists have the experience, training & qualifications to provide safe and effective treatment of all types of skin pigmentations. The nature of Melasma makes it a challenge to treat. This is because it’s a mixed pigmentation – dermal (deep) and epidermal (superficial). There are other treatments available to reduce discolouration of melasma, however the laser route is the most safe & effective method.

Why Laser?

The Q-switched lasers, such as the MedLite laser as used by City Laser Clinic, are especially effective in treating Melasma. This is because the machine can deliver 2 types of lasers. 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 laser machine allows the operator to select:

  • A wavelength of 532nm suitable for treatment of near surface (epidermal) skin pigmentations.
  • A wavelength of 1064nm that is more suitable for treatment of pigmentations in the dermal (deep) layer of the skin.

 

Treatment Expectations

Our experience shows that 10-12 weekly/fortnightly treatments will significantly improve, and in some cases completely fade, Melasma. One maintenance laser treatment every 8 weeks is recommended to maintain achieved results.

We do sometimes need to refer clients to their GP for assessment & when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided. As with all laser treatments, the frequency & number of treatments will depend on your skin type & size of the affected area.

What Will My Skin Look Like After the Treatment?

The surrounded skin will look slightly pink and the treated pigment may appear darker. The redness will subside within 2-4 hours. If your treatment required down time, slight redness may remain for a few (3-5) days. However, any redness can be easily be covered with makeup and will eventually subside.

Are There Any Precautions to Take During Treatment?

Melasma is a dermal condition and has a tendency to reappear, especially with sun exposure. Strict use of SPF is a must! You must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before, during, and for some weeks following 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.

Before & After

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Melasma

Melasma is a hormonal condition that is common mainly in women and/or individuals with darker skin types. Visually, it looks like irregular brown patches that usually show up on our face. Scientists have not yet found the cause of melasma however they have discovered the circumstances that might trigger it. These triggers include sun exposure, pregnancy, steroids, photosensitizing medication, contraception pill, and other hormonal conditions. There also appears to be a genetic link, with melasma being more common amongst German, Russian and Asian ethnicities.

Melasma that is due to pregnancy or medication, the discoloration usually reduces several months post-birth or after stopping the triggering medication. For Melasma not related to pregnancy or medication, there are treatments available to reduce the prominence of the discolouration.

Benefits of the Medlite Q-switched Laser For Treating Melasma

At City Laser Clinic we understand the distress and embarrassment that skin blemishes such as melasma can cause. Our therapists have the experience, training & qualifications to provide safe and effective treatment of all types of skin pigmentations. The nature of Melasma makes it a challenge to treat. This is because it’s a mixed pigmentation – dermal (deep) and epidermal (superficial). There are other treatments available to reduce discolouration of melasma, however the laser route is the most safe & effective method.

Why Laser?

The Q-switched lasers, such as the MedLite laser as used by City Laser Clinic, are especially effective in treating Melasma. This is because the machine can deliver 2 types of lasers. 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 laser machine allows the operator to select:

  • A wavelength of 532nm suitable for treatment of near surface (epidermal) skin pigmentations.
  • A wavelength of 1064nm that is more suitable for treatment of pigmentations in the dermal (deep) layer of the skin.

 

Treatment Expectations

Our experience shows that 10-12 weekly/fortnightly treatments will significantly improve, and in some cases completely fade, Melasma. One maintenance laser treatment every 8 weeks is recommended to maintain achieved results.

We do sometimes need to refer clients to their GP for assessment & when in doubt will not treat until a Medical Clearance is provided. As with all laser treatments, the frequency & number of treatments will depend on your skin type & size of the affected area.

What Will My Skin Look Like After the Treatment?

The surrounded skin will look slightly pink and the treated pigment may appear darker. The redness will subside within 2-4 hours. If your treatment required down time, slight redness may remain for a few (3-5) days. However, any redness can be easily be covered with makeup and will eventually subside.

Are There Any Precautions to Take During Treatment?

Melasma is a dermal condition and has a tendency to reappear, especially with sun exposure. Strict use of SPF is a must! You must avoid exposure to direct sunlight before, during, and for some weeks following 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.

Before & Afters

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Before & After

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