About 90% of people who experience melasma – a highly visible skin condition that causes patches of dark pigmentation on your face – are women. Dr. Dennis Roberts specializes in all aspects of women’s health care, including aesthetics, which includes treating melasma. If you’re embarrassed by melasma or feel self-conscious about your appearance, Dr. Roberts can help.
He shares three reasons why the PicoPlus™ laser system is the best treatment for melasma.
1. Picosecond technology breaks up pigment better than heat
Traditional lasers use thermal (heat) energy to treat areas of darker pigmentation on your skin, which can damage the delicate tissue of the epidermis. A picosecond is one-trillionth of a second, which is how fast the energy from the Lutronic® PicoPlus laser system penetrates the pigment in your skin. With its versatility, multiple wavelengths, and pulse control, the PicoPlus system safely delivers laser energy below the surface of your skin to break up melasma pigmentation.
With the short-pulse technology and multiple wavelengths, you no longer have to worry about damaging your skin from a traditional laser that gets too hot, causes pain and redness, or requires taking extensive downtime.
2. PicoPlus gives faster, more predictable results than topical creams, chemical peels, and other procedures
In many cases, if you have melasma, your health care provider may prescribe topical ointments containing steroids to help lighten the areas of dark pigmentation. This treatment can become time-consuming, inconvenient, and can take months before you achieve the results you desire.
Chemical peels and dermabrasion are alternative treatments that may help melasma, but they strip away the outer layers of your skin and can come with lengthy recovery periods as your skin heals from what feels like a bad sunburn. Downtime can last from a week to several weeks at a time, potentially making you feel even more self-conscious as you attempt to return to your daily activities and go out in public.
PicoPlus laser treatments are an effective alternative and more convenient, since you can return to your daily activities without downtime. Results often occur faster, too. With the advanced pico laser technology, you may notice a difference in the dark patches of melasma in as little as two treatments, as you begin to see your skin lighten. Once you achieve the results you desire, your rejuvenated, even skin tone is long-lasting, too.
3. PicoPlus laser treatments are quick, comfortable, and safe for most skin types
It depends on the area you’re treating and the size of your melasma discoloration, but most pico laser treatments take just 10 minutes per session. Since the laser energy penetrates below the surface of your skin to break up the darker pigmentation, it’s a fairly comfortable process, too. You may feel a sensation that’s similar to the snapping of a rubber band, but it’s over in a matter of minutes, so it’s typically well-tolerated.
And as an added advantage, you don’t have to use steroids or take oral medications (another form of melasma treatment) to obtain a more even skin tone. Just let the state-of-the-art picosecond laser technology break up the dark pigment, and then your body does the rest, naturally eliminating the treated skin cells.
If you’re bothered by melasma on your face, hands, or other areas of your body, the PicoPlus laser system may be an ideal solution. To learn more about it and find out if it’s right for you, call our office in Indio, California, to schedule a consultation. Or you can book an appointment using the online system.