Melasma is a common skin condition, affecting as much as 33% of the population. Melasma often begins in women due to hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy or when they take birth control pills.
You can’t cure melasma, but you sure can reduce the discoloration in your skin tone so you no longer have dramatic brown spots or a “mask.” Melasma most often appears on the nose, cheeks, chin, forehead, and above the upper lip.
If your mask doesn’t fade even after giving birth or halting your hormonal contraception, Clear + Brilliant laser treatments are an answer. Offered at our offices on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City, and in Madison, Connecticut, this nonablative laser therapy effectively brightens your skin tone and evens out discoloration.
Here’s what’s involved in this treatment and how it can help you get glowing skin.
What is Clear + Brilliant?
The laser creates hundreds of thousands of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of your skin. Your body naturally replaces the skin “damaged” by the laser with healthy-looking tissue. The discoloration of melasma fades and you’re left with beautiful, clear skin.
The advanced technology of Clear + Brilliant makes your skin permeable, so medical-grade skin care products can penetrate the deeper layers of your dermis and work effectively.
What makes Clear + Brilliant different from other laser treatments?
Because Clear + Brilliant is nonablative, it requires no downtime. Other lasers on the market require you to take one to two weeks of downtime while your skin heals from initial redness, peeling, and pain.
Of course, the major benefit of Clear + Brilliant treatments is that you get the clear, melasma-free skin you desire. You get noticeable results that improve your look and your self-confidence. Getting these results without injections, incisions, and downtime is a bonus, plus, the treatments are quick and gentle.
What happens during Clear + Brilliant treatments?
If you’re bothered by melasma, come to the office of Norman J. Pastorek, MD, for a consultation. If we determine that the treatment is right for you, plan for a 30-minute session.
We may apply a topical numbing cream to prevent discomfort during the session. Then you relax in a treatment chair as we glide the Clear + Brilliant handpiece across the areas of melasma. Special technology in Clear + Brilliant ensures proper contact with your skin and that the laser delivers a uniform application to all targeted areas.
When will I notice results?
Your skin starts to feel softer and look clearer and brighter within one or two weeks of treatment. Your results can last for months, especially if you protect your skin from the sun. Most people benefit from a series of treatments; we tailor that number to how your melasma responds.
Usually 4-6 treatments effectively clears up your skin and smooths your skin texture. Patients sometimes opt for regular maintenance treatments because they love their results so much.
If you’re ready to explore whether Clear + Brilliant is the right treatment option for your melasma, call one of our offices or schedule your appointment online today.