Laser/Light therapy for Melasma

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.

Basics of Laser tattoo removal

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.

Why opt for Laser/light therapy for Tattoo removal?

  • Minimal pain
  • Minimal recovery time
  • Noninvasive procedure
  • Highly effective
  • Minimal risk of scarring

What are the risks/side effects?

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,

  • Swelling and pain
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Unexpected scarring
  • Crusting
  • Temporary bleaching of hairs in the area

Evaluating the costs

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.

  1. Size of the treatment area
  2. Number of appointments needed
  3. Additional need for further tests
  4. Cost of anesthesia and other procedures, if any.

Steps before the procedure

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.

  • Avoid direct sun, sunbathing, skin peel masks, waxing and other chemical treatments on the treatment area for at least two weeks before laser therapy.
  • The treatment area should not be exposed to perfumes, fragrances and deodorants.
  • Doctors may also advise avoiding anti-inflammatory drugs and some supplements to avoid complications.

Expectations after the procedure

  • Instant results may not visible for the initial weeks or months, so the person should be well aware of the same, may need multiple sessions to get desired result.
  • The treated skin area may have a reddish or pink tint for a few hours after the procedure.
  • There may be tingling or stinging sensation around the treated area, which usually reduces within first 6-12 hours.
  • There may be mild swelling after the treatment, which fades in few hours..

Additional suggestions after the procedure

  • An antibiotic/anti-inflammatory cream as suggested by the dermatologist may have to be applied for 1- 3 after the procedure
  • There may be swelling for next 48 hours, which is pretty normal. Itching/burning sensations may persist up to 72 hours.
  • Avoid all kinds of chemicals and face creams over the treatment area for next 48hours.
  • Sun exposure should be avoided for a week after the procedure.

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.

Why choose dermaclinix?

We have world class laser machines which will ensure you excellent results and minimum discomfort. Our doctors are highly qualified from top medical institutes and with vast experience in handling all laser equipment.