Many women in their twenties and thirties often notice darker pigmentation appearing on their face. These marks can be mistaken for age spots. A common skin condition that appears as brown-grey patches on the face, specifically the cheeks, forehead, upper lip and jawline is Melasma. This form of pigmentation is stimulated by heat, so the correct treatment is imperative to avoid making its appearance worse.
In this article we explain melasma, what causes it and effective treatment and management.
Stimulated by oestrogen and UV exposure, melasma is a form of darkened brown-grey pigmentation that appears on the face, noticeably on the cheeks, upper lip, forehead, between the brows and the jawline. Pregnancy and the oral contraceptive pill are the key causes for this skin condition. It is commonly referred to as “the pregnancy mask”. Most people who have this skin condition have a more olive or darker complexion.
Having your skin assessed by a skin expert is the first step, to ensure you have a correct diagnosis. Once you have been diagnosed with the condition, investigating and addressing the underlying causes, for example the oral contraceptive pill or prolonged UV exposure, is the next step.
There are many claimed melasma treatment and management options available, including some that work well like daily use of sunscreen, wearing a wide brimmed hat and others that have limited success like lightening creams, chemical peels and standard laser treatments. It is important to note that IPL is often marketed as a laser, but due to the heat energy, can actually stimulate and increase the appearance of the darkened pigmentation and is therefore not recommended.
PICOWAY LASER – THE LEADING TECHNOLOGY FOR MELASMA MANAGEMENT
The PicoWay is the latest generation Picosecond laser and the most appropriate treatment for melasma. The unique picosecond speed of the laser creates photo-acoustic energy to shatter the pigment which means there is no heat to stimulate more pigmentation.
The PicoWay removes skin pigmentation by delivering specific wavelengths of laser light into the skin in very short bursts of picosecond pulses of energy, creating a shockwave that fragments the pigment and allows the body’s immune system to attack and eliminate the dispersed pigment. Typically, 3 to 4 treatments are required with maintenance treatments to help manage recurrence. The clinicians at Eden Laser Clinics are responsible for explaining the management process thoroughly during your free consultation. Each expertly trained and accredited clinician will assess your skin type and adjust the laser to provide the optimum setting to deliver the results you expect with minimum discomfort.
KEY ADVANTAGES OF PICOWAY
- Shortest picosecond pulses – 40%-50% shorter pulses than other Picosecond Laser Systems means highly effective treatments with photo-acoustic effect and low risk of side-effects like tissue damage
- Highest peak power – energy shatters pigment into minuscule fragments achieving fast clearance
- Dual wavelengths – 2 highly effective wavelengths (1064 nm & 532 nm) in one picosecond system to treat all skin types
- Less pain than other lasers
At Eden Laser Clinic, skin specialists in Sydney, we offer a free consultation where a skin expert will assess your skin and discuss treatment options with you. We offer personalised skin care strategies to treat your skin concerns. During your free consultation we will discuss with you how many treatments are needed, a written quote with cost and specific information you will need to follow before, during and after your treatment.