SKIN DISCOLORATION BASICS:
Skin discoloration occurs when dark spots slowly appear on the surface of the skin. Some people confuse skin discoloration with freckles, but the two conditions can be closely related. Once the effects of sun exposure, hormones, and aging begin to set in, freckles may coalesce, creating large plaques of brownish discoloration. These dark brown spots may be localized to the top layers of the skin (epidermis) or may extend deeper down into the dermis. In the past, women accepted these dark spots as a sure sign of aging, but newer treatments such as Melarase can now address these characteristic signs of aging.
Melarase contains active pharmaceutical ingredients that have been clinically tested to improve skin discoloration associated with acne, melasma, excess sun exposure, scars, and chronic inflammation. Men and women suffer from stubborn dark spots and skin discoloration as a result of a process known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The presence of dark spots and melasma can damage the skin, leading to characteristic skin discoloration.
OPTIONS FOR MELASMA TREATMENT:
FACIAL PEELS: One of the most common treatments for melasma is a procedure known as a facial peel, which uses a special formulation of exfoliating medicines to remove discoloration from the top layers of the skin. There are many different types of facial peels that range from a no-downtime peel to some that can penetrate deeply in the skin and cause severe exfoliation. The stronger facial peels may have more penetrating effect, but may require longer periods of recovery. One of the most effective peels in our Los Angeles plastic surgery practice is known as the MelaPeel, which combines multiple peels into one. The MelaPeel is useful for melasma and skin discoloration on the face and the body. Patients who undergo a MelaPeel note improvements in surface texture, skin complexion, reduction in fine wrinkles, and increased tightness in the skin.
MELARASE CREAM: Melarase cream represents an exciting innovation in skin lightening creams. Melarase products have been shown to clinically reduce the appearance of dark spots, skin pigmentation, and skin discoloration associated with sun exposure, hormones, trauma, scarring, and chronic inflammation. Clinical studies with high resolution imagery have documented improvement in skin tone and skin discoloration as early as 3 to 4 weeks after initiation of treatment with Melarase.
In a recent clinical symposium, Melarase products demonstrated clinically visible improvements in skin tone and skin discoloration on patients with Fitzpatrick III and Fitzpatrick IV skin types. Patients studied demonstrated clinically significant changes in overall skin brightness and an improvement in melasma skin discoloration. Study participants also reported high tolerance to the Melarase treatment regimen and high compliance rates during follow-up. " The Melarase system represents an important milestone in the treatment of melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The Melarase system can be used as a useful complement for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation associated with laser surgery and cosmetic facial surgery," says Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.
Melarase creams utilize advanced technology to help lighten skin discoloration in the epidermis and dermis. Abnormal melanocytes located in the epidermis can often cause embarrassing skin discoloration that appears as blotchy brown spots on the hands, chest, neck, and face. These sunspots can be signs of premature aging and sun damage. Melarase works deep within the melanocyte to control active deposition of melanin. Melarase AM works well as a combination skin lightener and sunscreen. Melarase PM is a hydroquinone based skin lightener and daily exfoliant that can work to improve signs of premature aging and lighten the skin simultaneously.
Daily exfoliation is an important part of a proper skin regimen. Light chemical peels are useful in removing excess sebum, opening up clogged pores, refreshing the skin of impurities, and stimulating cell renewal and collagen production. Glycolic Acid and salicylic acid peels are among the most versatile and effective chemical peeling agents in cosmetic rejuvenation. We usually recommend scheduled light chemical peels to boost collagen production, reduce fine wrinkles, and control excess sebum.
For those of you on-the-go, Melapads provides daily at-home exfoliation in an easy-to-use soaked pad. At-home exfoliation is convenient, effective, and refreshing on the skin. Melapads Daily Exfoliating Pads contain Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Kojic Acid to help exfoliate the skin and lighten dark discoloration. The Glycolic and Salicylic Acids are excellent for skin renewal and reduction of clogged pores and excess sebum. Kojic acid works well to lighten dark discoloration of the skin. A perfect combination for fine wrinkles and skin that lacks luster and shine.
In our office, we also use Melapads with other skin regimens to speed up the rate of improvement. By exfoliating the skin, Melapads enhances skin penetration of topical creams. Use Melapads after washing your face and before application of Melarase creams. For body discoloration and scarring, apply Melapads on the area twice daily.
Elevase Moisture Booster
If you are looking for the ideal moisturizer to add to your skincare regimen, Elevase Moisture Booster provides a combination of natural herbal extracts and an essential ceramide complex known as Opti-Ceramides to help enhance your skin's hydration level. Ceramides are a part of your skin's natural moisture barrier and dermatologists have long known that with age, ceramide levels in your skin get depleted. Elevase Moisture Booster contains a blend of essential ceramides to strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier function. Elevase is ideal for dry skin, sensitive skin, and if you are undergoing skin treatments that contain exfoliants. Many patients use Elevase while undergoing acne treatments or when they are on retinoids (including Retin-A), benzoyl peroxides, and salicylic or glycolic acid creams.