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Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

by About Face Laser Clinic, posted in News   |  2 Comments

One of the most common skin disorders we see at the clinic is hyperpigmentation (brown spots) caused by a variety of factors, including sun damage and fluctuations in hormone levels. We commonly use a machine called the Palomar Medilux to treat these spots and see amazing results.

It is important to know that there is a big difference in the types of spots that we see and also important to treat the condition with the correct wavelength of light energy. Hyperpigmentation caused by UV damage is most often corrected using a green light wavelength of 532 nm. Hyperpigmentation due to conditions such as melasma which are caused by hormonal changes is well-treated with a yellow light laser wavelength of 577nm. The yellow light penetrates slightly deeper into the skin to provide more effective destruction of the unwanted pigment.

palomarWe have been correcting skin tone using the Intense Pulsed Light that the Palomar provides for many years and have seen hundreds of clients benefit from the treatments. If you have uneven pigment or brown spots, we can help you to remove them or reduce the appearance of them using the Palomar. We will prescribe the correct homecare routine using medical grade skincare products with ingredients such as hydroquinone or arbutin that will help you with your skin tone.

The enzyme (tyrosinase) that sends the signal to the melanocyte cell to produce melanin (the pigment in our skin) will continue to function and create hyperpigmentation if follow up care is not followed and if prolonged UV exposure continues. Using the tyrosinase blockers ( ask us about Rejudicare!), applying a good mineral sunscreen (Tizo!) and using pure mineral makeup (Jane Iredale!) after treatments will ensure a slow return (if ever) of the unwanted spots.

rejudicareThe professional and experienced technicians at About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic will help you with a thorough consultation, the correct choice of treatments and products and an effective plan. All consultations are free and everyone must have a test patch before starting treatments. Call 519-542-0079 today to book your appointment!

Sincerely, Carolyn Vandersluis,

owner and operator of About Face and Body Laser and Wellness Clinic, Sarnia, Ontario

2 Responses to Hyperpigmentation and Melasma

  1. Danya

    Hi i have alot of melasma…i was wondering what kind of skin care do u have to reduce the appereance..and how much.?
    Thanks soo much

    • Melasma can be treated with laser applications and products for lightening and inhibiting melanin production. Call us to book a free consultation at 519-542-0079. We can analyze your condition and prescribe a treatment protocol just for you!

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