Melasma Treatment Melbourne
What Exactly Is Melasma?
A skin condition, melasma presents itself as patchy pigmentation that will usually occur in a symmetrical fashion on the face in areas such as the forehead, upper lip and cheeks. The basal layer pigment cells tend to go crazy and the exact cause is not known. However, it has been associate with hormonal changes during pregnancy or sun exposure.
This condition can sometimes be difficult to treat and some of the treatments will often times be temporary. In some instances, the treatments can make the actual condition worse. Microdermabrasion and hydroquinone treatment options will only remove the top layer of the pigment cells without treating the cells that cause the condition. When you end up stopping the skin care regimen, the problem will come back again.
While some people may turn to laser treatments, there is actually a high risk that they can make melasma worse, especially if too much heat gets delivered. In some cases, the laser can help, however the impact will be mild. Fraxel laser is something that will only treat a fraction of the problem.
Trans-examic acid is something that is very new and safe as far as treatment. While the exact mechanism for action is unknown, it has been shown to cause complete removal of the melasma. What the treatment involves is some small injections of the dermal layer spaced about 1/2 centimeter apart.
Who Is Normally Prone To Pigmentation?
You will not be able to tell in advance if you are going to get melasma. However, if there is someone in your family with it, you are going to have about a 30% change of getting it as well. Melasma will occur in about 50 to 70% of women who are pregnant and about 5 to 34% of those who are taking birth control pills. This is a condition that normally strikes women that are between 20 and 39 years of age. Melasma is also more common for people with dark skin and can be worsened if the skin gets exposed to the sun.
Solar lentigo is a type of skin condition that is caused by chronic sun exposure. Even though post inflammatory hyper pigmentation can take place in all skin types, it will be more common in Asians and those who have darker skin tones.
What Does It Cost for Trans-Examic Acid Treatment?
The cost is about $350 for each treatment and there are usually four treatments needed every two weeks for the full effect.
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