Melasma is the most common form of facial pigmentation which results from several factors such as hormones, UV exposure, genetics, post-pregnancy and hormone changes. Melasma shows through patchy areas of the face most commonly on the upper lip, cheeks, under the eye and forehead.
Melasma is very common amongst pregnant women due to unbalanced hormones throughout pregnancy or being on the pill. This is known as the ‘The Mask of Pregnancy’. The intensity of pigmentation gets intensified in the summertime due to UV sun exposure which causes the pigmentation to darken.
Pulse Light Clinic London is one of the few clinics that owns and uses the PicoSure laser for exterior melasma or skin discolouration. The PicoSure laser is suitable for all skin types and complexions. This treatment will help reduce and maintain the reduction of pigmentation but has a chance of coming back due to hormones as it varies from person to person genetically.
The PicoSure laser works by shooting pulses to the treated area of pigmentation at a speed of trillionths of a second. These pulses fragment the unwanted melanin into minute particles which the body then removes. This has the effect of skin lightening, removing dark spots, and reducing skin discolouration. PicoSure is one of the first lasers that can be used safely in melasma conditions and it’s very unlikely to make it worse.
PicoSure skin pigmentation removal is suitable for:
- Age Spots
- Exterior Melasma
* results may vary from person to person