What is Melasma?
Characterized by patches of brown or gray-brown skin on the cheeks, nose, forehead, chin and above the upper lip, Melasma can also appear on parts of the body that have frequent exposure to sunlight.
What is Discoloration?
Discolored skin patches are irregular areas where there are changes in skin color. They are a common problem with a wide array of potential causes.
Melasma and Discoloration Applications
How are They Will Treated?
At Metro Laser & Aesthetics we offer a unique treatment for Melasma and discoloration in three parts:
Laser toning- penetrates below the surface of the skin, emitting controlled energy and targeting discoloration at a cellular level while leaving surrounding, healthy skin undamaged.
Vitamin C iontophoresis- is known to inhibit the production of melanin and is often considered to be a better skin protectant than sunscreen as it is easily absorbed into the skin and is still present over 30 hours later. This technique is non-invasive and administers concentrated Vitamin C to treated areas via a gentle electric current.
Fractional laser resurfacing- delivers small, fractionated columns of laser energy to treated areas, creating microscopic holes in the skin and stimulating the body’s natural healing response. New, fresh skin cells are created, improving overall appearance
What to Expect During Your Treatment
Your physician will begin treatment by applying the laser energy to your skin. You will hear slight snapping sounds when the laser is fired and may feel a slight tingling or warmth. Your physician may make multiple passes over your skin with the laser during each treatment.
Traditional laser treatments leave larger fragments behind, which the body is unable to remove. As a result, more treatments are needed, and sometimes complete clearance cannot be achieved.
The picosecond pulse breaks up pigment more effectively, so the body has an easier time removing the fragments. Resulting in fewer needed treatments and tissue appearing renewed.
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to insure the safest treatment, your doctor may require multiple sessions to produce effective and long lasting results. The number of sessions required depends on the severity of your condition and your treatment goals. Your physician will recommend a treatment course that is right for you. Your physician will discuss the number of treatments required to meet your treatment needs.
With minimal downtime and low incidence of side effects, you may immediately return to your daily activities. Ask your doctor about scheduling your Picoplus procedure today.
Men and women who experience darkened areas or patches of skin and have no contraindicating skin conditions may be eligible for treatment. It will be determined during your consultation with our medical team whether this treatment is right for you.
As with any laser treatment, slight redness may be experienced and should subside within a few days. Lasers have a proven safety profile, but all possible complications and risks will be discussed with you prior to treatment.