What is melasma & spots laser?

Skin discoloration bothers many people since it makes them look older than they actually are. It is caused by the excessive melanin production linked to different factors, such as sun exposure, hormone changes and natural ageing. Melasma or chloasma is a chronic skin inflammation that causes the appearance of brown spots on the forehead, the cheeks and the upper lip. Melasma appears to people with a genetic predisposal that gets activated by hormone changes and sun exposure. Brown spots on the other hand are not a chronic condition, they appear on any area of the face or the body that gets exposed to the sun and are linked to photo ageing. These two conditions have a lot in common since they are both linked to melanin production. Advanced technology laser can effectively treat spots as well as melasma.

Who’s a good candidate?

Melasma concerns mostly women between the ages of 20 to 40 years old with dark skin and it can affect their appearance and cause them stress. Spots concern both men and women, usually over the age of 35, that are significantly exposed to the sun. Every healthy patient who belongs to any of the above groups is a good candidate for melasma&spots laser as long as his expectations are realsitic and knows that spots and melasma can appear again if he/she doesn’t protect his/her skin correctly.

Facts I need to know

Advanced technology laser transfers light energy right to the heart of the spots or the melasma in the deeper layers of the skin and at a fast rate. The cells that form the discoloration immediately absorb the laser energy that breaks them into microscopic mollecules that get naturally rejected by the body. Advanced laser is performed on every skin tone, ligth or darker, safely and effectively. The treatment is painless and it can be performed under local anesthesia if the patient wants to. Depending on the size of the problem several laser treatments may be required to achive best results.

Recovery Time

Laser treatment has no downtime and patients can immediately return to their normal routine. At first, they may notice some redness on the area treated but it soon goes away. Results are visible after the treatment, discoloration starts fading until it completely disappears. Patients should protect their skin from sun exposure regularly using a sunscreen with an SPF30 or higher. In the case of a melasma treatment patients should additionally avoid taking drugs that are related to melasma.

Doctor’s Remarks

Melasma is a particularly difficult skin condition to treat. After years of work and research I now combine different methods to effectively treat melasma. I also suggest the use of face protective creams, peeling and everyday skincare, at home or at the office in order to prevent it from reappearing.