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redirectedMelasma Treatment

Melasma treatment requires a combination of treatments.

What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin pigmentation that appears as map like brown patches. It occurs most commonly on the forehead. It can also occur on the upper lip, cheeks and other face areas. Melasma is difficult to treat and requires persistence. The aim melasma treatment is to reduce it so it to a cosmetically acceptable level.

ESSENTIAL TO MELASMA TREATMENT: GOOD SUN PROTECTION

Quick Facts
Melasma is caused by a combination of oestrogen + sun exposure.

  • The oestrogen changes the way skin pigment responds to sun exposure.
  • Contraceptive pills can worsen melasma
  • Effective sun protection is ESSENTIAL.
  • Prescription lightening agents and superficial chemical peels can be used.
  • There are some lasers appropriate for treatment of melasma, however these are not without risks.
  • it is best to trial topical treatments initially.
  • Inappropriate treatment with IPL, lasers, deep chemical peels can worsen melasma.

Melasma Treatment

Step 1. Avoid the factors that cause Melasma

  • Sunscreen and sun protection.
  • Discuss changing OCP with your General Practitioner. It is not always possible to change but this gives melasma the best chance to settle.

Step 2 – Decrease new melanin production.

The essential ingredients include Vitamin A PLUS Hydroquinone 4%.
Even with a strong creams, it still takes up to 4 weeks to notice fading.

Step 3 – Remove pigmentation

Clearing pigmentation from the skin with Chemical peels or Fractional Laser.

  • Chemical peels clear melasma by exfoliation of the excess pigment.
  • 10- 20% Lactic acid peels or Vitamin A peels.
  • Chemical Peels are performed every 2 to 4 weeks and are well tolerated.
  • There is no downtime with this type of peeling.

Fractionated treatments can give excellent results in resistant cases of melasma. Usually 2-6 treatments are needed. Laser treatment is NEVER the first line treatment of melasma, and should be reserved for cases where other treatments have failed. There can be complications of worsening of pigmentation in some cases.

Step 4 – Prevention of melasma

The last step of melasma treatment is to prevent the melasma returning.

  • Ongoing sun protection is essential
  • 2% hydroquinone or niacinamide over the hot summer months.
  • Melasma is never cured so you may need to consider intermittent treatment.

Free Assessment

No referral is required to our clinic and you will be booked in for a free assessment with our Cosmetic Nurse or therapist.

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If you do require prescription you will be referred to our Doctors. There is a consultation fee with this.

redirectedBroken Capillaries Treatment

Broken capillaries is a term used to describe capillaries that become visible on the skin surface. They are caused from sun exposure, rosacea and aging. In Brisbane our high sun exposure places us at risk of developing broken capillaries and redness not only of the nose and face but also neck and chest.

Intense pulsed light treatment – IPL is used for broken capillaries but vascular lasers, diathermy or injections may be used depending on the size of the vessel.

Are you concerned with broken capillaries?

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses & therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

Call Us On 3350 5447 For A Free Consultation.

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The Difference Between Lasers And IPL For Broken Capillaries

IPL uses a broad spectrum of visible light while lasers use a single wavelength of light. This means IPL is suited to treat combinations of sun damage problems, diffuse redness, broken capillaries and pigmentation can be treated simultaneously.

Lasers are more precise but less versatile and more appropriate for larger isolated capillaries. Combinations of treatments can be used.

Are you concerned with broken capillaries?

We offer you a free assessment with our Doctors, Nurses & therapists for you to discuss your concerns and treatment options.

Call Us On 3350 5447 For A Free Consultation.

EMAIL Us With Any Queries.

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* DISCLAIMER: Results may vary from person to person.