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What is melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition characterized by dark, discolored patches on the face, typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. These patches are usually symmetrical and can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal changes, sun exposure, and certain medications. Melasma is most commonly found in women, especially during pregnancy or while taking birth control pills. It can also be caused by hormonal imbalances and certain medical conditions. Melasma is not harmful, but it can be a source of emotional distress for some people. It can be treated with topical creams, chemical peels, and laser therapy. Sun protection is also important in preventing melasma from worsening.

How do I know if I have melasma?

Have a free* consult with our nursing team and they can examine your pigment and discuss treatment options – contact us to book. ($50 fee redeemable with treatment)

Why can pregnancy cause melasma?

What lasers are best for melasma removal?

There are several types of laser therapy that may be used to treat melasma, including:

It’s also important to mention that Melasma has a tendency of relapsing after laser treatment and sometimes it might need a combination of lasers with other treatments, such as topical creams or chemical peels, to achieve optimal results. How do I know which laser is best for my melasma?

It’s best to have a free ($50 fee redeemable with treatment) consult with our nursing team to discuss the right treatment options for you – contact us to book.

Can all skin types be treated for melasma?

Yes. Cutis Dermatology Brisbane has specific lasers for treating darker – ethnic skin types, including the best pico lasers on the market- Picoway & Picosure Pro.

How soon will I notice the results from melasma removal lasers?

The results from laser therapy for melasma can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the type of laser used. Results can be seen as early as two weeks but are maximal at 10-16 weeks. This is because it takes time to reduce pigment output, but at the same time mitigate the risks of stimulating more pigment. It is a fine balance when treating melasma.

Do chemical peels help remove melasma?

Can skin care help melasma?

What is the first step in melasma skin care?

Determining the level of pigmentation is the most important step. We do this via a clinical examination, dermatoscope or Wood lighting.

  • Superficial pigmentation: much easier to treat, expect improvements within 1-4 weeks.
  • Mixed epidermal & dermal: the majority of cases, intermediate prognosis
  • Dermal deep melasma.: very hard to shift.

What skin care helps melasma?

Scientific research in the past decade has shown that pigment cells are signalled to produce more melanin. To reduce this signalling, we often prescribe tranexamic acid, either topically or orally.

What do melasma treatments cost?

At Cutis Dermatology Brisbane…

  • Lasers start at $139 per session
  • Chemical peels at $98 per session
  • Creams work out to be less than $1 a day

Arrange a FREE* nurse consultation at our Brisbane clinics. *T&C apply