Laser Resurfacing for Melasma
Women cherish their skin. It is one of their pride and glory aside from their hair and body. When the skin is discolored, this can cause decrease in self-esteem and self-confidence. Melasma is one such condition that causes skin discoloration. This condition affects mostly women and is characterized as dark facial skin with irregular borders. Different factors can cause the development of melasma such as hormonal activity and even sun exposure. There are many ways to treat melasma, one of the best is through laser treatment.
YAG, IPL Laser Treatment for Melasma
- There are three different types of melasma. It is essential for patients to know which type they are afflicted with because treatment can differ depending on type. The three types include epidermal, dermal, and mixed.
- Different types of laser treatment also exist to treat melasma and its types.
- Derma melasma is hard to treat and requires laser treatment that is able to penetrate deep underneath the skin.
- The treatment recommended for this type of melasma is laser resurfacing and YAG laser treatment for melasma.
- YAG laser treatment works by using a microscopic light from resurfacing lasers penetrating deep into the skin and eliminating the cells that cause melasma.
- YAG lasers deliver short, intense pulses targeting directly the melanin in the cells affected by the condition leaving the surrounding skin intact.
- Epidermal melasma is the easiest to treat and responds well to Intense Pulsed Light Treatment. With IPL treatment for melasma hand-held laser is passed over the skin affected with melasma. This targets the melanin. The light energy emitted by the laser heats the melanin cells and destroys it.
- Before enrolling for treatment, it is imperative that patients consult their doctors first to know their type and recommended treatment.
- Cost of laser treatment for melasma can be quite expensive depending on several factors. These factors include but are not limited to: geographic location, physician’s fee, facility use, extent of melasma, type of melasma, and type of laser treatment.