Melasma Treatment Options In Bellevue
As mentioned, melasma is exceptionally hard to treat. There is no definitive cure and oftentimes it will go away on its own. People with long-term melasma that is not resolved after pregnancy or stopping hormonal medications may need professional treatment for reduction.
The master estheticians at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery have extensive experience in helping to treat melasma. They will work with you to determine the right professional melasma treatments for you. Your master esthetician will also give you a good understanding of the results you can expect.
Intense pulsed light—or IPL—was the gold standard treatment for melasma around a decade ago. While it can still help improve melasma in some people, it is no longer the go-to melasma treatment. This is because the long-term outlook in chronic sufferers is not optimal. However, for those experiencing short-term melasma, IPL may help.
Collagen induction therapy, better known as microneedling, is an ideal treatment for melasma because it treats the layers of skin where melasma occurs. It is also entirely safe for all skin tones, unlike laser and light options.
Microneedling helps the body naturally get rid of the increased melanocytes in the melasma-afflicted areas. As the body repairs the small punctures from microneedling treatment, it clears excess pigment with the damaged skin cells.
Chemical peels are one of the most effective exfoliating procedures available. Using a specific blend of skin-safe substances in higher concentrations than available over-the-counter, master estheticians clear away dead skin and cause the skin to peel and reveal renewed skin beneath. Like microneedling, this can help your body slowly remove the melanocytes causing melasma.
Light chemical peels are safe for almost all skin. Stronger peels such as the VI Peel may treat any skin tone, but may require a patch test first. Some of the peel bases possible for melasma treatment may include:
- Lactic acid
- Trichloroacetic acid
- Salicylic acid
- Kojic acid
- Azelaic acid
The Glow Up Package is one of the most popular package treatment options at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. It involves alternating three chemical peels and three microneedling sessions over several weeks. Each procedure is usually spaced around four to six weeks apart. This allows the skin to adequately heal between treatments. It also ensures that the skin is constantly working to rejuvenate the skin and rid itself of unnecessary pigment.
Brightening cream is one of the less invasive options for treating melasma. Often, if you have not tried it before, your master esthetician will recommend it as the first stage of treatment. It can also supplement other treatments. Consisting of a prescription-strength dose of hydroquinone, the brightening cream helps deactivate the melanocytes causing over-pigmentation. At this dosage and when used for melasma, it should not lighten your overall skin tone.