How Does Melasma Laser Treatment Improve the Appearance of the Skin?
Melasma laser treatment in San Gabriel, CA, reduces the discoloration caused by melasma, which is a common skin problem. It is particularly common during pregnancy and is thus sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy.” Melasma can be caused by hormonal fluctuations or exposure to the sun. People with the condition develop brown or grayish-brown patches of skin. While melasma usually develops on the face, it can also occur on places that get lots of sun, like the arms or neck. Different types of laser treatments can reduce the discoloration.
What is the Pico laser?
The Pico laser is currently the fastest laser available for treating melasma and other skin problems like age spots or acne scars. The laser sends ultra-short pulses of energy to the treatment site. The pulses target and shatter the pigment cells that the body then gradually expels. The Pico laser produces no heat, so it does not burn the patient. Nor does the laser damage any tissues other than the pigment cells. The Pico laser also stimulates the production of collagen and can thus tighten skin.
A single treatment takes minutes, and most patients need three or four treatments about three to four weeks apart to get the best results. The patient’s skin will be somewhat red for the first day but then quickly fade back to normal.
What is the Spectra VRM?
The Spectra VRM is an Nd:Yag laser that can emit two wavelengths, with one at 532 nm and the other at 1064 nm. The laser can thus be used to eradicate different types of pigment and remove tattoos or treat melasma and other discolorations. The treatment is not invasive, and there is no recovery time. Patients with dark skin or thick hair may need a topical anesthetic to keep them comfortable.