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Brooklyn, New York 11230

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Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a poorly understood skin condition and is far more common in women, especially those of reproductive age. It is often very mild and unnoticeable but gets exacerbated during the period of hormonal changes like pregnancy or perimenopause.

Commonly affected skin areas are forehead, nose, chin, and upper lip, cheeks and jawline. Rarely, it can also affect the décolletage area and the back of the arms.

It is more common in darker skin types and is generally more pronounced during the summer months due to increased sun exposure. Unfortunately, the exact causes of melasma remain poorly understood, but the discoloration is believed to be due to an increase in the pigment-producing cells when exposed to certain triggers.

Common triggers are hormones, hereditary predisposition, excessive sun exposure, birth control pills, and certain medications.

Melasma, while a harmless skin condition, causes a great deal of cosmetic concern to individuals who suffer from it. Self-esteem and confidence are definitely affected, so too diminished quality of life.

It is important to make sure that the appropriate workup was performed to rule out any other potential causes that resemble it.

There is no gold standard treatment that fits all. Each patient is evaluated individually and the treatment options depend on the size, location and the type of melasma.

There is a revolutionary gold standard laser technology clinically proven to be effective for melasma and it’s called NeoSkin by Aerolase allows patients of all skin types to comprehensively clear their melasma and hyperpigmentation. As a multi-factorial condition that can involve epidermal melanin, dermal melanin, and a vascular component, melasma typically requires a complex treatment regimen to achieve clearance and prevent recurrence. The Aerolase Neo helps patients to achieve clearance with a safe, effective, and tolerable treatment by addressing each of these factors. The Neo’s 650 Microsecond laser energy is delivered into the dermis and epidermis to break up melanin deposits while shutting down vasculature and inflammation. Due to the unique parameters of the Neo’s energy, treatment is highly tolerable with minimal risk of adverse effects compared to traditional topical or device treatments for melasma.

Management of melasma can be challenging and, with topical agents, may require long-term treatment. The Neo, however, can help patients achieve clearance with fewer treatments. For patients who want an accelerated clearance of their condition, the Neo can be combined with a peel or microdermabrasion in a single treatment session. First, the Neo helps to break up epidermal and dermal pigment. Then, the peel or microdermabrasion may be applied to speed up the cellular turnover of the epidermis. While the Neo may be used alone as a single treatment, the combination of these two treatments offers patients a great “one-two punch” to clear their condition.

Aerolase Neo melasma treatments typically take 15-20 minutes. Neo melasma treatments are safe, effective, and tolerable for all skin types and all forms of melasma. Treatment may be performed without any skin cooling, anesthetic, and even without the need to touch the skin.

NeoSkin by Aerolase™ Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

NeoSkin by Aerolase allows patients of all skin types to comprehensively clear their melasma and hyperpigmentation. As a multi-factorial condition that can involve epidermal melanin, dermal melanin, and a vascular component, melasma typically requires a complex treatment regimen to achieve clearance and prevent recurrence. The Aerolase Neo helps patients to achieve clearance with a safe, effective, and tolerable treatment by addressing each of these factors. The Neo’s 650 Microsecond laser energy is delivered into the dermis and epidermis to break up melanin deposits while shutting down vasculature and inflammation. Due to the unique parameters of the Neo’s energy, treatment is highly tolerable with minimal risk of adverse effects compared to traditional topical or device treatments for melasma.

hyperpigmentation

Management of melasma can be challenging and, with topical agents, may require long-term treatment. The Neo, however, can help patients achieve clearance with fewer treatments. For patients who want an accelerated clearance of their condition, the Neo can be combined with a peel in a single treatment session. First, the Neo helps to break up epidermal and dermal pigment. Then, the peel may be applied to speed up the cellular turnover of the epidermis. While the Neo may be used alone as a single treatment, the combination of these two treatments offers patients a great “one-two punch” to clear their condition.

Aerolase Neo melasma treatments typically take 15-20 minutes. Neo melasma treatments are safe, effective, and tolerable for all skin types and all forms of melasma. Treatment may be performed without any skin cooling, anesthetic, and even without the need to touch the skin.

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