Great news: Treating Melasma just got easier thanks to the folks at Cynosure, makers of the revolutionary PicoSure laser workstation. Although there is no cure for Melasma, patients can achieve total clearance through a combination of therapies including PicoSure Focus Lens Array, medications like hydroquinone, and regular use of physical sunscreens, like zinc oxide.
Melasma, also called the mask of pregnancy, is diffuse, prominent facial pigment caused by overproduction of melanin in response to hormonal changes. Although it can sometimes spontaneously resolve on its own, most Melasma occurs over a period of years and requires stringent regimens to manage.
To remove unwanted pigment, the PicoSure Focus Lens Array, which consists of >100 super-powerful micro-beams, uses a 755nm wavelength & picosecond pulse width that travels deep into the skin to shatter melanin in the dermis & epidermis. A secondary benefit of the PicoSure’s unique picosecond pulse is “cell-signaling” that produces significant rejuvenation of the treatment area resulting in tighter, brighter skin with an improvement in texture and tone. All that with absolutely NO downtime; the kind that is seen with ablative Fraxel and CO2 lasers. PicoSure doesn’t ‘burn’ the pigment, it shatters it!
The treatment is generally 15 minutes in length and virtually painless when numbing cream is used prior to application. The pigment may appear initially darker and then fades over the next 2 weeks. I generally recommend an initial series of 3 treatments for Melasma and 2 treatments for those with unwanted pigment. Best of all, the Focus Lens Array can be used on virtually any part of the body, with the most common being the face, neck, chest & hands.
If you’ve got unwanted pigment that you would like to have professionally removed with PicoSure’s Focus Lens Array, I can be reached in Austin, TX @ 512.479.9997