Melasma is a common skin concern that affects many women. Commonly occurring during pregnancy, it appears as dark brown patches on the forehead, nose and cheeks.
While melasma does fade over time there are a number of treatments to help speed the process along and restore skin to a more even tone. Here are some of our favourites:
Laser Vein uses the powerful, non-invasive Excel V™ laser to treat vascular skin conditions and pigmentation, including spider and leg veins, rosacea, facial telangiectasia, stretch marks, poikiloderma and scarring. It works to treat melasma by collapsing pigment in dark spots. These damaged cells are then naturally eliminated by the body, reducing the appearance of melasma and restoring skin to its natural tone. Results range from immediate to gradual depending on the area/condition being treated but are long-lasting. Even better? There’s no downtime.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) meanwhile works by emitting light into the pigmentation. Like with Laser Vein, this process damages the pigment cells, causing them to collapse and evening out skin tone. Results are fast acting, generally starting to appear one to three weeks post-treatment depending on the area being treated. IPL also has no downtime and results are long-lasting.
A laser resurfacing treatment, Fraxel is incredibly effective in treating melasma and pigmentation. It penetrates the top layers of your skin a fraction at a time to stimulate new skin cells and collagen. By leaving most of the surrounding skin intact, your skin’s natural rejuvenation process kicks in. This works to smooth wrinkles and scars, eliminate pigmentation and create cleaner, healthier skin. Fraxel comes with around seven days of downtime as your skin goes through the healing process but the results are well worth it and just one annual treatment delivers long-lasting results.
It’s important to have an in-depth consultation with one of our experts prior to any of the above treatments to ensure your suitability and determine the best treatment for you. Please also note, that we do not perform any laser or light-based treatment on clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.