Melasma is a common skin condition that is characterized by dark, irregular patches of discoloration on the forehead, nose, upper lips, and cheeks. Although it can affect all of us, melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women or women who are taking contraceptives or are who on hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Fractional laser is often used in conjunction with skin lightening creams and sun protection to minimize discoloration caused by melasma and achieve optimal results.* During a fractional laser treatment, microscopic zones of thermal damage are created without damaging the top layer of the skin. This stimulates a process of extruding microscopic debris of pigment from the skin.*
During a fractional laser treatment, microscopic zones of thermal damage are created without hurting the skin’s top layer. This stimulates a process of extruding microscopic debris of pigment from the skin.
There are many advantages to using fractional laser therapy for melasma. First, the technique does not create an open wound, which minimizes downtime and reduces the risk of complications like hypo or hyperpigmentation. There is also less risk of scarring to injury-prone areas such as the neck and chest. Lastly, fractional laser can be used to treat dermal melasma in deep layers of the skin.*
In addition to melasma, a non-ablative fractional laser treats various conditions, including*:
- Wrinkles & fine lines
- Acne scars
- Scars from surgery
- Age spots
- Skin tone & texture that is uneven
Compared to ablative laser treatments, fractional lasers are less invasive. Patients experience slight redness and minimal swelling in the days following a treatment. The treatment of melasma will require consistent sessions to achieve the best results. We generally recommend continual maintenance therapy.
At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, we have Cynosure, the best laser equipment in the world. If you feel that you would benefit from melasma treatment with our 1540 laser, click or call to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault. We are located in Palo Alto.