Melasma (also known as pregnancy mask) is a very common pigmentation disorder. Dark patches of skin gradually develop on the cheeks, forehead, nose and upper lip. Historically, melasma can be a difficult to treat condition with high rates of recurrence. It is characterized by chronic hyperpigmentation on the sun-exposed areas on the face. More than 50 million women worldwide experience melasma. Historically, melasma is often treated with topical lightening agents such as hydroquinone and arbutin.
Today, certain lasers have become first line therapy for this condition. Q-Switched lasers deliver their energy in nanosecond pulses and utilize what is called photo acoustic energy to break apart the pigment.
Westside Laser & Light uses a Q-switched Revlite laser for the treatment and management of melasma. Q-switched laser treatment for melasma has been shown to be the most effective option and requires multiple treatments 2-4 weeks apart. There is no downtime or post care with this treatment.
As with other conditions, the treatment of melasma utilizes a daily skin care regimen to compliment the benefits of the laser. Lightening agents (hydroquinone or non-hydroquinone based), a daily moisturizer and SPF are also very important when treating melasma. This will be discussed in detail durnig a free consultation.
After a successful treatment series for melasma, results may be maintained with a daily skin care and laser treatment every 3 months or so.