Fraxel is extremely effective in the treatment of melasma, particularly in darker skin types. Melasma—which is most common in women and affects about 45 million people worldwide—appears as irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose. Like most other pigmented lesions, Melasma is not dangerous, but it can be a self-confidence crusher, prompting many women to hide behind a mask of make-up. Melasma is most common during hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
Fraxel Laser treats the affected area and helps with melasma by eliminating the old skin cells, removing unwanted melanin and promoting healthy new skin. Because this fractional laser treatment method only treats about 20 percent of the area at once, there is little downtime. Fraxel Laser treatment improves melasma by improving the texture and lightening the pigmentation of the skin in as little as just a few weeks.
Note: All treatments are performed in office by a licensed medical professional.