Melasma is a common skin condition that is characterized by dark, irregular patches of discoloration on the cheeks, nose, upper lips and forehead. Although it can affect anyone, 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 damaging the top layer of the skin. 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 can treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Age spots
- Uneven skin tone and texture
Fractional laser treatments are much less invasive compared to ablative laser procedures. Patients will experience slight redness and swelling for a few days following treatment. The treatment of melasma will require consistent treatment sessions to achieve ideal results. Our office generally recommends continual maintenance therapy.
At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, we utilize world class Cynosure laser equipment. If you feel as though you may benefit from melasma treatment with our 1540 laser, call or click to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault at our convenient Palo Alto location.