“Hyperpigmentation” refers to a darkening of the skin where the concentration of melanin occurs. It can present in many ways, from moles and freckles to sun damage and melasma. Melasma is the most stubborn and difficult of hyperpigmentation to treat, but at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care we have the solutions for you. The VI peel, microneedling, Clear + Brilliant laser, chemical peels, and topical prescription and non-prescription products can all be effective—especially when used together.
As a medical day spa, Zuzana Likar personally trains all staff members to her high standards. This is why Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care has made a name for itself as being so much more than a MediSpa. We have the treatments, tools, and expertise to help you achieve your skin goals even when struggling with an issue as stubborn as melasma. Also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma can affect those who are pregnant but can also occur at other times. Women are by far most likely to get melasma, but men can struggle with it as well. Melasma can be virtually any color but is unique in that it is often a gray color and spreads around the eyes and across the bridge of the nose like a mask.
Treatment for Melasma in Palo Alto
There are a few different types of chemical peels that can be helpful for melasma, and particularly the VI peel. This is a medium-depth peel that goes deeper than superficial peels and can affect the layers where melasma resides. It exfoliates and stimulates collagen production at the same time. Just like every other treatment for melasma, it often works best in tandem with other complementary treatments such as microneedling.
Microneedling works by “telling” your body to heal itself. A medical-grade handheld device with thousands of needles of just the right length and width penetrates the skin to cause micro-injuries. The body responds by sending an influx of blood flow and collagen production to the area. Microneedling for melasma is typically a great addition to a more aggressive procedure, but many people love the results so much that they begin to schedule routine microneedling appointments. Microneedling can also be a fantastic precursor to an in-office topical application since it opens up channels in the skin to best receive the topical products.
Lessen Your Melasma Today
The Clear + Brilliant laser is most often thought of as a “pre-juvenation” procedure since it is so gentle it requires no downtime. However, it has also shown to be highly effective in treating melasma. The session takes just about 30 minutes and a numbing cream is applied beforehand for maximum comfort. Next, a handpiece is glided across the area with Optical Tracking technology to ensure the perfect contact is made with skin in a uniform pattern. Like microneedling, Clear + Brilliant can help enhance the results of topical treatments because it increases skin permeability.
A number of medical-grade skin care products may be helpful in reducing the appearance of melasma. Medical-grade products are a must because they can legally contain more active ingredients in higher concentrations than even the most expensive non-medical skin care products. We carry all of the most effective and popular skin care products and can match you with the perfect at-home regimen so you can treat your melasma and other skin woes on a daily basis.
Say Goodbye to Melasma
Combining two or more of these melasma treatments is going to be the best approach for the vast majority of clients. It is unusual for a single treatment to work best for any skin condition, but this is especially true for a tricky condition like melasma. The good news is that melasma symptoms are typically not chronic, even without treatment, but that provides little comfort when melasma is keeping you from feeling confident and having a flourishing social life. Let us help you speed up the process and say goodbye to your melasma faster.
Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care has built a reputation for helping clients get their skin to the level they want. If you have melasma or any other skin concern, contact us today for a complimentary consultation by calling the office or completing the online form.