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Treatment of Melasma


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Melasma, sometimes called the “Mask of pregnancy,” is a hormonally-caused pigmentation, usually occurring on the face. Melasma can be caused by any type of hormonal inbalance – pregnancy, menopause, use of hormonal birth control, side effects of medicines, or vitamins. The dermatology team at Suncoast Skin Solutions is committed to providing comprehensive care, meaning this type of treatment begins with an exam and discussion of causes with your dermatologist. However, not all causes are unavoidable, and Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing with the Palomar Icon XD/XF can provide a good resolution of Melasma for those with persistent pigmentation. Melasma may require several laser sessions, spaced at 2 month intervals, to see best results.

Fractional Skin Resurfacing works by directing arrays of light at the skin in precise increments, to create columns of coagulated tissue within the dermis and epidermis. In simpler terms, Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing works by creating precisely controlled micro-damage to the tissue, which causes your body to replace that tissue with new tissue. Part of your body’s immune response to this micro-damage will be to generate new collagen, in addition to new skin cells. The Palomar Icon 1540 XD/XF provides a more controlled form of micro-damage than other lasers on the market, causing less damage to the surrounding tissues, and therefore less redness, and shorter healing times than other lasers. The control that the individual user has with the Palomar Icon 1540 XD/XF allows us to provide treatment for a wider range of skin types and concerns.

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