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GMA MELASMA TREATMENT

WHAT IS MELASMA?

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation characterized by patches of skin discolouration, primarily on the face. Commonly affected areas on the face include the cheeks, nose bridge, chin, forehead, and around the mouth. Melasma may also appear on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to sun, such as the neck, chest and forearms. This skin condition is more common in women (especially skin types IV and higher) and is thought to be triggered by UV exposure and hormonal influences. The latter is what distinguishes melasma from traditional forms of hyperpigmentation and makes it more difficult to treat.

The most common causes of hormonal imbalance and thus melasma, are pregnancy and hormonal birth control (usually during the early stages of usage). During pregnancy, melanocytes may be activated and stimulated by abnormal levels of progesterone and estrogen. Hormonal imbalances cause these cells to produce extra levels of melanin, resulting in skin discolouration and uneven skin tone. In other words, pregnant women are more prone to hyperpigmentation and melasma and thus it becomes even more crucial to stay protected under the sun (wear SPF!) during pregnancy.

WHAT IS MELASMA?

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation characterized by patches of skin discolouration, primarily on the face. Commonly affected areas on the face include the cheeks, nose bridge, chin, forehead, and around the mouth. Melasma may also appear on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to sun, such as the neck, chest and forearms. This skin condition is more common in women (especially skin types IV and higher) and is thought to be triggered by UV exposure and hormonal influences. The latter is what distinguishes melasma from traditional forms of hyperpigmentation and makes it more difficult to treat.

The most common causes of hormonal imbalance and thus melasma, are pregnancy and hormonal birth control (usually during the early stages of usage). During pregnancy, melanocytes may be activated and stimulated by abnormal levels of progesterone and estrogen. Hormonal imbalances cause these cells to produce extra levels of melanin, resulting in skin discolouration and uneven skin tone. In other words, pregnant women are more prone to hyperpigmentation and melasma and thus it becomes even more crucial to stay protected under the sun (wear SPF!) during pregnancy.

WHAT ARE MELASMA SYMPTOMS?

Melasma may affect the epidermis (top layer of skin), the dermis (second layer of skin) or both. Melasma of the epidermis tends to result in spots with a dark brown colour and a more well-defined border. Melasma of the dermis tends to cause spots that are more gray and lighter in colour, with a less defined border. If the melasma is affecting both the epidermis and dermis of the skin, there will be a combination of light and dark brown spots. Melasma of the epidermis is more superficial and tends to be easier to treat than melasma of the dermis. This is partially because the skin cells in the epidermis tend to be renewed more often. It is important to know the depth and type of pigment to determine the most effective treatment.

WHAT ARE MELASMA SYMPTOMS?

Melasma may affect the epidermis (top layer of skin), the dermis (second layer of skin) or both. Melasma of the epidermis tends to result in spots with a dark brown colour and a more well-defined border. Melasma of the dermis tends to cause spots that are more gray and lighter in colour, with a less defined border. If the melasma is affecting both the epidermis and dermis of the skin, there will be a combination of light and dark brown spots. Melasma of the epidermis is more superficial and tends to be easier to treat than melasma of the dermis. This is partially because the skin cells in the epidermis tend to be renewed more often. It is important to know the depth and type of pigment to determine the most effective treatment.

MELASMA LASER TREATMENT WITH THE YELLOWBEAM

As the latest advancement in skin rejuvenation with a unique pure yellow 577nm wavelength, the Yellowbeam effectively treats melasma and other moderate to deep pigment disorders. The laser targets and breaks unwanted pigment in the skin, allowing the body’s immune system to naturally excrete the pigment particles. After a series of Yellowbeam treatments, many patients notice a healthier and more even skin tone.

In addition to melasma, the Yellowbeam treats a wide variety of indications including sun spots, unsightly veins, and rosacea. Unlike traditional lasers, the Yellowbeam is able to safely treat both light and dark skin types (up to skin type IV) with minimal risk of side effects and discomfort.

OTHER MELASMA TREATMENTS AT GMA

At GMA, in addition to the Yellowbeam, we have other specialized procedures that safely and effectively treat melasma including: Clear + Brilliant, Microdermabrasion, GMA Clear & Yellow Stack Attack, Hollywood Facial, Vitaglow IV, Mummy Cool Peel, and other Chemical Peels.

To find out which treatment(s) are suitable for you and will yield the best results, please book a complimentary skin consultation and assessment with one of our skin experts.

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