Melasma

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WHAT CAUSES MELASMA?

Melasma (also known as chloasma or the mask of pregnancy) refers to a tan or dark facial skin discoloration. Although it can affect anyone, melasma is particularly common in women, especially pregnant women and those who are taking oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is also prevalent in men and women of Native American descent and of German/Russian Jewish descent.

Melasma presents no health risk, and does not impair the body's ability to function normally. Still, for many patients, it can be a very frustrating problem. At ADAS, we often combine medical treatments with innovative laser treatments to help our patient's skin look and feel better.

HOW IS MELASMA TREATED?

At our laser center, we use the Fraxel™ re:store laser to reduce the appearance of melasma. In our opinion, this laser is the best device on the market for treating this difficult condition.

HOW LONG DOES THE ACTUAL TREATMENT TAKE? HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?

Treatment with the Fraxel™ re:store laser takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 1 hour depending on the treatment area that is carried out. Usually 3 to 7 treatments sessions are required to see a 50 to 80% improvement. These are spaced out every 3 to 6 weeks (on average).

WHAT IS THE PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MELASMA TREATMENT?

Typically, we ask our patients to discontinue the use of retinoic acid products and glycolic acid products for 3 to 4 days before your next treatment. It is also wise to stay out of intense sunlight (or tanning beds) beginning 1 week prior to your laser treatment. Sometimes an antiviral medication may be prescribed if you are prone to cold sore formation.

HOW MUCH DISCOMFORT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE FRAXEL™ RE:STORE LASER?

There is mild to moderate discomfort with this procedure. A topical or local anesthetic is all that is usually required. Topical anesthetics are applied for 30 to 60 minutes and covered with Saran Wrap™ to enhance the cream's effectiveness. Pain usually is described as a modest burning, or stinging. Cool compresses and medications such as Motrin™ or Advil™ can readily help to alleviate any discomfort.

HOW LONG DOES THE SKIN TAKE TO HEAL?

Fraxel™ re:store treatment is mildly traumatic to the skin. Minimal swelling and redness is often noted post op. Depending on the location, these processes can take up to 3 to 7 days to resolve. Once the skin has fully healed, you can then undergo another treatment (we recommend to wait at least 3 to 4 weeks between treatment sessions for melasma).

WHAT ABOUT POST OP CARE?

We recommend a post laser skin care system. To continue the benefits form Fraxel™ treatment, our providers also recommend a skin care program called Obagi™ Nu Derm as a maintenance program. We also sometimes prescribe a corticosteroid pack to help reduce the duration of swelling. Remember to stay out of intense sunlight the week after your melasma treatment has been performed. Concealing makeup, e.g. Jane Iredale™, can be used to minimize skin color changes if they occur in a noticeable location and/or if you experience bruising.

HOW LONG WILL THE BENEFITS LAST?

The benefits from the melasma removal procedure can last for a long time. Repeat treatments are sometimes required to further enhance your results (expect some degree of worsening of the condition in the summer months). In our experience, patient satisfaction has been high for this procedure. Results, however, may vary from patient to patient.

HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A MELASMA TREATMENT OR CONSULTATION?

Feel free to contact our office at 904-285-SKIN (7546) or click here. We look forward to meeting you at your initial consultation visit. Thanks for allowing us to educate you about the benefits of the Fraxel™ re:store treatment for melasma . See you soon.



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