Melasma is a common pigmentary disorder affecting middle aged men and women. It present as dark patches on face, commonly over cheeks and forehead. Many a time melasma can be refractory to conventional medical therapy and peels. Laser is highly effective in treatment of melasma.
Treatment of melasma is done with Q- switched laser. These lasers act by targeting the melanin present in the skin and cause selective destruction melanin containing cells thereby causing reduction in pigmentation. Sessions may have to be repeated to achieve full clearance of the pigmentation.
Laser is a non invasive one and is done as an outpatient procedure. The area to be treated is first cleaned and sterilized. Then a topical anesthetic cream may be applied if desirable. Patients may be given goggles to avoid eye damage. The laser may be repeated on the treatment area a few times. The process may cause a stinging sensation, with little or no bleeding, depending on the skin condition. After the procedure has been completed, the area is cleaned and an anti-inflammatory cream and sunscreen is applied.
Lasers have very few side effects and most are short term. Please note that the capability of an experienced dermatologist can reduce the risks. These include,
Generally, laser/light therapy for melisma is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, and hence, it is not covered through insurance. The costs depend on factors like.
Typically, the dermatologist would talk to the patient and discuss his/medical history. The dermatologist will also talk of the expected results, the risks involved and other aspects of the procedure. A physical exam or tests may be suggested. Patients should, however, follow the suggestions below.
Always talk to your doctor before you decide on laser treatment for melasma. There may be many other considerations and aspects that may be pertinent to your case, depending on personal details.
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