Blast Away Melasma with the Cosmelan Peel!
Article by Gary Motykie, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
Motykie Med Spa is excited to introduce an effective treatment for Melasma and Chloasma; the Cosmelan Peel by Mesoestetic!
Even, smooth luminosity is here at last! Safe for all skin types, this breakthrough depigmentation treatment for the face, neck, chest, hands and back is a new, powerfully effective solution for stubborn Melasma, age spots, sun damage, acne and post-acne traces.
How does it work?
Brown patches or skin discoloration are a consequence of many factors such as sun exposure, aging, acne scarring and/or hormonal fluctuations due to pregnancy or menopause. Cosmelan is a combination of different depigmentation agents which act by decreasing melanin production and formation in the skin by inhibition of the enzyme tyrosinase (involved in the manufacture of melanin in the skin). Melanin is responsible for darkening of the skin during tanning and the formation of brown spots after long-term sun exposure. Also, hormones such as estrogen can influence the production of melanin which is responsible for the formation of Melasma.
What are the advantages over other available cosmetic treatments?
1. It can be applied anytime of the year.
2. It’s compatible with all types of skin.
3. It permits sun exposure without risk of spots appearing.
4. It is completely safe and does not include harsh ingredients like TCA or Hydroquinone.
5. There are minimal side effects (very little redness and flaking).
6. It is also beneficial for acne patients by reducing sebaceous secretion and erases post acne discoloration.
7. You will typically see your skin become bright and rejuvenated with lightening of red spots and brown areas in as little as 10 days.
WWhat does the Cosmelan System include?
Unlike other Medical Spa’s and Dermatologists, Motykie Med Spa has a full system for the Cosmelan treatment that includes the Cosmelan 1 Mask (in-office peel), Cosmelan 2 Maintenance Cream (to continue the suppression of melanin production), and Mesoestetic Hydra -vital Factor K Cream (cut’s the healing time in half and will guarantee the best results possible). We also include a second application of the Cosmelan 1 Mask (in-office), two to three weeks following the first application.
* Cosmelan 1 Mask- Azelaic Acid, Kojic Acid, Phytic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Arbutine, Titanium Dioxide
* Cosmelan 2 Cream- Titanium Dioxide, Kojic Acid, Phytic Acid, Ascorbic Acid
* Hydra-vital Factor K Cream- Hydro-nutritional cream for all treated areas and contains: Hydroviton, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Amniotic fluid, Glycerine, Silicone oil
What are the stages of the system?
Stage 1- The initial treatment of the Cosmelan 1 Mask is always done in the Medical Spa. This involves a full evaluation of the skin by one of our Medical Aesthetic Specialist’s. The cleaning of the skin is done with a degreasing agent in order to remove any dead skin cells, oils and other debris. The Cosmelan 1 Mask is then applied and left on for 5-10 hours depending on your skin type and sensitivity level. After the appropriate amount of time has elapsed, the mask is removed at home with water and a light cleanser. Then the Hydra-vital Factor K Cream is immediately applied on the treated area.
Stage 2- For the next two weeks following the initial treatment, you will apply the Cosmelan 2 Cream, 2-3 times daily, for the first two weeks and then once daily to maintain your results.
Stage 3- As an added bonus, Motykie Med Spa will do a follow-up Cosmelan 1 Mask treatment 2-3 weeks after the first initial treatment on your stubborn or problem areas that need extra attention. We have found that adding this extra step has produced the best and most effective treatment results!
What should I expect after my first treatment and when will I see results?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience a slight burning and tightening sensation, which is normal and part of the process. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience an itchy feeling, which will subside in the next 48 hours. The Hydra-vital Factor K Cream can be applied regularly to sooth any irritation you may experience.
In most cases, the skin blemishes start to disappear within the first week after starting treatment. The darker the skin, the longer the time it takes for the spots to disappear. The skin starts to appear shiny and healthy in 2-3 weeks. In most individuals the dark spots begin to fade in 4-6weeks.
What are the disadvantages of Cosmelan?
The treatments need to be used continuously and repeated for optimal results. There is no harm if you miss a few days of applying the Cosmelan 2 Cream, however if this occurs more frequently it may decrease the efficacy and benefits of the peel and the blemishes may return. If you stop using the Cosmelan System completely, effects of the sun and hormonal changes can result in reappearance of blemishes and Melasma. It’s best to think of the Cosmelan as a maintenance program to suppress Melasma/Chloasma and not a one-time fix!