Melasma, also known as facial pigmentation, causes small brownish patches on the face due to an overproduction of melanin from one’s own skin. There are a number of triggers to melasma including pregnancy, birth control pills, and sun exposure. Melanin is the primary determinant of skin pigmentation and hair color, and if you produce too much melanin in any area of your body, the result is hyperpigmentation – a brown spot on your skin. As a result, sunscreen is usually the best preventative treatment.
However, Dr. Michele Green also specializes in treating cases of hyper-pigmentation from laser therapy. In some cases, pigmentation can occur after Fraxel, IPL, laser hair removal, or other laser treatments. This side effect, known as post-laser hyperpigmentation or post-inflammatory pigmentation, can take a year or longer to resolve on its own or can last permanently without the proper treatment. Asian and darker skin patients are even more at risk for this condition so special care must be taken. Unfortunately, poor patient selection and laser choice can often cause this side effect from laser treatment.
Video about Cosmelan with Hyperpigmentation
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
Cosmelan is a great product that I learned about several years ago from another dermatologist from Brazil. It was formulated for treating dark spots and melasma in patients when nothing else worked.
Melasma is facial discoloration, pigmentation primarily in the cheeks, chin, forehead. Many of my patients have melasma as a result of being on a birth control pill or being pregnant and having had too much sun. Since I started using Cosmelan, I’ve actually been shocked at how amazing and effective it is. Cosmelan, with only 2 treatments, can reduce all the melasma that years ago I couldn’t get rid either with laser or with chemical peels.
55-64 year old woman treated with Cosmelan
What’s wonderful about Cosmelan is that it consists of only 2 professionally applied peels that you leave on for several hours that we will customize based on your skin type and the sun damage that you’ve had. Then you neutralize that peel at home. It takes 2 treatments. With only 2 treatments almost all the sun damage and melasma is resolved. It’s absolutely amazing.
Dr. Michele Green is an expert treating such adverse results from laser therapy. Generally, a combination of hydroquinones, retinoids, chemical peels, and Cosmelan therapy are the most effective treatments for all skin types.