Melasma and pigmented skin can often be tricky to get rid of, even with the right prescribed skincare. We often hear from our clients that it’s one of the most frustrating skin problems that they deal with.
What is Melasma
Melasma is one of the most common skin problems that people deal with globally. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as forearms and neck.
Melasma is also known as chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy”. It often happens to pregnant women. The overall condition is much more common in women than men, though it is possible to happen to men. But, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90 percent of people who develop melasma are women.
How Do You Treat Melasma
Although sun protection can easily help you avoid getting Melasma, what do you do when you already have it or it isn’t disappearing. For some lucky women, melasma disappears on its own.
There are also creams that your healthcare professional can prescribe than can help lighten the skin. Topical steroids could also be prescribed to help lighten the affected area.
However, if you have stubborn patches of Melasma or other pigments in your skin and skincare isn’t quite cutting it, Picoway is a great option for getting rid of it.
How Does Picoway Work?
PicoWay is an FDA-cleared picosecond laser that treats acne scars, wrinkles, benign pigmented lesions (dark spots) and even helps with tattoo removal. PicoWay first became known for its tattoo and pigment removal capabilities, but it is now growing in use for acne scars and wrinkles. With the 532 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths for the system, laser irradiation is selectively absorbed by the targeted pigment with minimal effect on the surrounding tissue. This is accomplished by careful selection of the wavelength that yields maximum absorption by the target and minimum absorption by surrounding skin structures.
In addition, the laser pulse duration is controlled to be equal to or shorter than the thermal relaxation time of the target, to minimize heat transfer to surrounding tissues. PicoWay’s dual wavelengths enable removal of multi-colored tattoos, recalcitrant tattoos and benign pigmented lesions on any skin type.
What to Expect?
After a consultation, we can help you decide the best treatment option in order to achieve your goals. We will also let you know how many treatments you will need to reach your desired results. Once we’ve confirmed your treatment plan, we will go over the treatment area once and then again for specified target areas. Most clients do not experience any discomfort. You will, however, hear a light zapping noise.
If stubborn pigments and Melasma spots have been an issue for you, call or email us for your free consultation! One of our skin experts can walk you through the best treatment plans available for your skin needs.