Pregnancy may cause some women to develop Melasma. Melasma is a common skin problem which causes dark, discoloured patches on the skin.
It’s also known as chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy”. This condition is much more common in women than men, though men can get it too. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 90% of people who develop melasma are women.
Symptoms of melasma
One will notice patches of discoloration and these patches are darker than usual skin colour. Common areas are usually on the face and it may be symmetrical, with matching marks on both sides of the face. Other areas of the body which are often exposed to sun, can also develop melasma.
Brownish coloured patches usually appear on the:
-bridge of the nose
It can also develop on the neck and forearms. Not to worry, Melasma doesn’t do any physical harm, but it may affect one’s self confidence and self-esteem, but untreated Melasma can progress to become bigger patches.
Causes and risk factors of melasma
There is no clear evidence on what causes melasma. However, it is proven that darker-skinned individuals are at a higher risk as compared to fair skin. Estrogen and progesterone sensitivity are also associated with the condition.
Birth control pills, pregnancy, and hormone therapy can trigger melasma. Stress and thyroid disease are also thought to be causes of melasma.
Furthermore, sun exposure can also cause melasma because ultraviolet rays affect the cells that control pigment (melanocytes).
How to treat Post-pregnancy Melasma?
Developments and advancement in technology have introduced more options for non-surgical treatments of Melasma especially in Laser Treatments.
Melasma can be treated effectively with the Spectra XT Laser. If you notice symptoms of dark spots, it is best to consult a doctor and start treatment early to prevent it from getting worse.
Spectra XT Laser
This popular laser treatment, which has no downtime, is the Spectra XT Brightening Laser Treatment or also known as the “Hollywood Peel”. This is a one of a kind photo-enhancer based laser treatment that is performed only using the Spectra XT ™ Laser.
The procedure is safe on all skin types and is a fantastic way to treat Melasma and pigmentation whilst brightening up your skin without the longer downtimes associated with other procedures!
It uses no harsh formulas or abrasive scrubbing tools, which means no bleeding and adverse chemical reactions; yet provides the lightning effects one would expect from a professional face peel.
What kind of improvement can I expect to see with this treatment?
Treats melasma and other pigmentation conditions
Improves skin tone, texture and elasticity
Brightens and tightens skin for a natural, well-rested look
Reduces all types of acne
Controls sebum production
Reduces redness from inflamed acne
How is the laser treatment performed?
The treatment takes about 30 minutes. The Spectra carbon lotion is applied to the skin first and the laser heats the carbon lotion to penetrate into the pores for a deep exfoliation. Then, the laser removes the carbon. With it comes dead skin cells and anything that was clogging the pores, leaving your skin clear, bright and toned. It is all pain free, and there is truly no downtime. A quick, painless solution to many of your skin concerns.
How often can this treatment be administered?
Recommended every month as a maintenance treatment for bright, glowy complexion..
How effective is 1 treatment?
One session has the skin-brightening effect of four chemical peels! It’s designed to safely remove the top layer of your skin, getting rid of all the imperfections with it. The laser also penetrates deeply into the skin’s layers to stimulate collagen production, which gives you a lasting youthful appearance.
Is there DOWNTIME?
There is NO DOWNTIME associated with this procedure and you can return to your daily schedule immediately.
Is it painful?
Majority of patients report no pain, they only experience a slight warming of their skin and a light prickling feeling. However, we do apply numbing cream to maximize comfort level during the laser treatment.
If you are facing these symptoms of Post-Pregnancy Melasma, start now and try a session of Spectra XT Laser and consult Dr Ho Rui Ming so that he can come up with the most suitable and effective plan for you!