Melasma is a common pigment concern of the skin that has many known triggers. At New Life Aesthetics, we believe in gentle progressive, not aggressive, treatments for melasma. Non-invasive Customized Chemical Peels and Aerolase LightPod Neo™ are a perfect duo to effectively address the skin condition together.
To learn more and to schedule your consultation, please call our location for melasma treatment in Raleigh, NC at ☎ (919) 521-8282, or contact us online today!
What is Melasma?
Melasma presents as discolored or dark skin patches. Sometimes called the ‘mask of pregnancy’ or ‘raccoon eyes,’ melasma typically follows distinct pigment patterns, which may affect the upper lip, cheeks, forehead, and/or brow line. Though hyperpigmentation is typically found on the face, it can also appear on the neck and arm areas.
Melasma can occur in both the superficial epidermis and in the deeper dermal layers of the skin. It is a condition that predominantly affects women over men.
Melasma Causes and Triggers
Sun exposure (specifically the UV light) and heat (even heat generated from hot yoga) cause Melasma by activating melanocyte (pigment) cells. Melasma pigment darkens in warm weather or warm environments, even if you are not exposed to sunlight.
The condition is also linked to hormones, often beginning with the use of birth control or pregnancy.
There is a higher incidence of melasma in darker skin and Asian and Middle Eastern populations.
Triggers for Melasma that you can avoid include:
- hormone therapy, including hormone-based birth control (IUD’s, pills or implants)
- heat-provoking activity
- washing your face with hot water/taking hot steam showers
Meredith will assist you in making healthy homecare choices with customized medical-grade skincare to assist in lightening your existing pigment and help new pigment from forming.
Best Treatments for Melasma
Meredith uses a combination of Customized Chemical Peels and Aerolase to treat Melasma. Pairing the two treatment modalities addresses the various depths of pigment in the skin.
- Customized Chemical Peels - Chemical peels are used to treat many skin issues, including UV-induced hyperpigmentation. The peels can be tailored to your unique condition, and each treatment is unique to the needs of the skin as it presents at the time of treatment. Meredith will work with you to determine how many treatments you’ll need and what you may expect afterward.
- Aerolase - The Aerolase LightPod Neo™ is FDA cleared to treat numerous conditions, including reducing the appearance of Melasma. The long-wavelength, high-power energy used in this gentle laser can affect the deeper dermis. The treatment may improve your complexion by addressing pigment in the dermal/epidermal junction. With each treatment, the use of prescribed homecare to improve and protect the skin, and with the avoidance of triggers, melasma pigmentation will gradually lighten. Though there is no cure or permanent treatment available for melasma, there are safe, effective treatments to help better manage it.
- Platelet Rich Fibrin - In addition to combining chemical peels and Aerolase to treat melasma, Meredith combines two revolutionary treatments to address hyperpigmentation – Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and Vivace Microneedling.
PRF consists of collecting your own cells through a blood draw and collecting cells that promote cell growth (platelets, white blood cells, and stem cells). These cells are then carefully placed onto the skin, stimulating new and healthy cell growth to restore and even skin tone. In addition to placing your own cells into problem areas, Vivace Microneedling uses radiofrequency energy and peptides to further stimulate healthy tissue growth.
When used together, PRF and Vivace Microneedling can help you safely and efficiently restore hyperpigmentation caused by melasma.
Request Your Appointment Today!
Address hyperpigmentation with a two-treatment combination. Schedule a meeting with a Melasma specialist in Raleigh, NC, today. Call New Life Aesthetics at ☎ (919) 521-8282 or contact us online.