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Pigmented Spots: Is Laser Treatment for Melasma Safe?

Melasma is a common skin disorder among women, affecting up to 33% of the population. It happens more often during a women’s reproductive years, especially among pregnant women, but can affect anyone.

This condition causes freckle-like skin spots and blotchy patches on certain areas of the face like the forehead, cheeks, chin, and above the upper lip. Though less common, melasma pigmentation can also appear on the hands, back, neck, and elsewhere.

Laser treatment is one of the increasingly popular ways of treating melasma. Unfortunately, there have been many people who are skeptical about the safety of this advanced treatment technology.

So, is laser treatment for melasma safe?

Read on to find out.

Types of Lasers Used for Melasma Treatment

To understand the safety of laser treatment for melasma, it’s important to know the types of lasers used. The intensity of your dark spots, your skin type, and your skin tone will all determine the type of laser used for your treatment.

Some of the common types of lasers for melasma include:

Fractional Laser

This laser makes microscopic holes in your skin, stimulating the growth of new, healthier skin cells. The procedure comes with a prickling sensation and will leave your skin red and discolored immediately after. This goes away after a few days.

PicoSure Laser

PicoSure is an FDA-approved laser treatment that turns laser energy into pressure instead of heat. It treats melasma at the source, which is in the sublayers below the skin. The procedure is fast and may involve a slight stinging sensation.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Laser

IPL employs multispectrum light of different wavelengths to target specific pigmentation on your skin. After the treatment, it is normal for the area to darken, but gets better after a while.

This laser treatment may not be suitable for some skin tones and skin conditions. So, it’s always wise to consult a dermatologist first.

Q-Switch Laser

This type of laser breaks the melanin in your skin into tiny pieces, which your body can easily remove. It is also quick and causes minimal discomfort.

Laser Treatment for Melasma: Is It Safe?

The use of a laser is quite safe. With technological and medical advancements over the years, the risk of side effects has been greatly reduced.

Most patients only complain of minor side effects like swelling, bruising, and pain around the treatment area. Follow your health provider’s recommendations for smooth healing and aftercare.

Nonetheless, the procedure may not be comfortable for everybody. Many patients have reported tingling, numbing, and stinging sensations.

To ensure you are safe after the treatment, moisturize your skin, use sunscreen to prevent sun damage, and go make-up free. Introducing foreign chemicals can interfere with the healing process and cause discomfort.

Choose a Qualified and Experienced Dermatologist

Melasma can significantly affect your self-confidence. Find a licensed and well-equipped dermatological clinic if you want safe laser treatment for melasma.

To learn more about our laser skin care, book a consultation with us.

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