Skin Rejuvenation for Melasma
Clearer, more radiant skin is just a treatment away
The treatment of melasma requires low heat lasers
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Melasma is a skin condition that causes patches and spots of brownish red discoloration to appear, usually on the face. Many women may first note these blothcy patches appear during a pregnancy or when they start taking birth control. In these instances a subsequent hormonal shift, such as delivery of the baby or discontinuation of the birth control, allows their melasma to fade away. However, many women who have medium to dark skin tones may develop melasma that is more resistant. The discoloration can look tan, brown, grayish brown. freckle-like or bluish gray. It will less commonly affect the arms, neck or elsewhere.
Is there a cure for melasma?
Medical grrade skin care products containing prescription strength Hydroquinone (HQ) at 4% or higher concentration can be effective at fading the discoloration, but they are not a 'cure'. Sun exposure and even just exposure to heat can trigger melasma. It is important to note that topical HQ agents should only be used for 5 consecutive months before taking a break, in order to avoid a complication called Ochronosis which can cause a bluish tone to appear in the skin. For this reason, alternating between HQ and Non-HQ skin care products is advised. A break of 2 to 3 months from Hydroquinone is recommended after any 5 months consecutive use. Laser facials specially designed to treat melasma are an excellent adjunct to treatment. Laser facials carry no risk of causing Ochronosis, and they can be used both during or in between HQ use! Laser facials are also very helpful for those who find HQ too irritating, as for some the HQ can cause redness, itching and allergic reactions.
Featuring the Lutronic Hollywood Spectra Laser!
- State of the Art Technology
- Greater comfort and precision
- Special settings designed for the treatment of Melasma
- Safe for all skin types
Exfoliates skin, reduces unwanted pigmentation, helps stimulate collagen, and tightens pores
Meet Victor Pena Duval, RN
Victor joined Renew in 2019. He is originally from the Dominican Republic, where he attended the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, earning a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. After practicing medicine in the Dominican Republic, he moved to the United States, and obtained his RN license. He is now working towards a Nurse Practitioner degree!
Victor is our Lead Laser RN and Laser Safety Officer, and also assists many of our male clients in navigating their choices for sexual wellness procedures here at Renew. He is also available for Wrinkle relaxers (“botox”), Microneedle Radiofrequency (AGNES and others), Body Contouring, assisting in Liposuction procedures (SmartLipo), and IV infusions. As of 2022 he is also mentoring under Dr. Lisa Vuich for dermal filler injection expertise.
- There is no cure for melasma. It may resolve spontaneously if it was hormonally triggered (such as with pregnancy or birth control use) and the trigger has been removed (childbirth or discontinuation of birth control, for example).
- Yes, there are no restrictions regarding makeup after treatments for melasma though you may want to wait a day or two if you have had LaseMD.
- This will vary depending on the severity of the pigment and individual response. Treatment of melasma often requires 6 to 8 sessions. Expect to do maintenance sessions a few times per year.
- All of the treatments listed on this page can be perfomred on all skin types.
- Topical hydroquinone products can be used for five consecutive months, at which time a two to three month ‘break’ using only non-hydroquinone containing skin brighteners is recommended in order to avoid serious side effects.
- IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. IPL photofacials are not recommended for melasma. Although they will temporarily cause some pigment to shed, the heat of the procedure typically causes a rebound of pigment production- meaning that the pigment comes back even darker.
- Do no use self tanner products on the treatment area. Do not have a sunburn in the treatment area.
- PLEASE arrive WITHOUT MAKEUP on the treatment area. Removing excess makeup subtracts valuable treatment time from your appointment!
- Make a list or take pictures of what you are using routinely for skin care so that we can best advise you regarding the best skin care regimen to maintain your results.
Before & After Photos
Disclaimer: Individual results will vary by person and are based upon patient variables (such as genetics, age and lifestyle), the severity of the condition before the procedure, the procedure(s) chosen, and compliance with any recommended aftercare program. No one can guarantee an exact outcome for any aesthetic procedure.
The content of this website is intended to be general information- it should not be used to diagnose or treat a medical condition, and is in no way meant to be a substitute for seeking appropriate medical care