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Have you had melasma laser treatment?

  • 6 years ago

Has anyone out there had Fraxel laser to treat melasma, and if so, how did your melasma react in the immediate weeks after your treatment?

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I did kojic acid to steroidal creams...peels...laser 2 sittings..nothing helped! Have been living wit the scars sinz 2 years which started as a black spot which I thought of as a freckle :( my bad.....it has grown like algae on my face on forhead n cheeks . I am on homeopathic treatment which HAS actually lightened it from green black to light brown , n I dont have to put layers of makeup ... but still it is visible.. Please can anyone tell me if someone has actually got rid of it to negligible, n how...this "in the treatment" period is quite frustrating. I want to know whether if at all it can be treated? Or shud I be just content with the light brown color..... *depressed*
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The best results I've had were when a derm prescribed 8% hydroquinone. I had to purchase it at a compounding pharmacy.
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Hey, I persoanlly think that getting laser treatment is risky, and EXPENSIVE!! Have you not thought about using a proffessional chemical peel at home? After all it will probably do a better job and at a much cheaper price. Here's a post I saw on google + the other day that I think will help if you're considering using a chemical peel for melasma before laser treatment. Google This: chemical peel for melasma good idea or worst decision Their is a video of the results and pictures of her skin when she was using the chemical peel. Hope this helps someone Laser is just too daarn expensive these days!
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Hello, I just completed having 5 IPL laser treatments and 5 micropeels and I do not see any improvement. When I was told on the idea they assured me that it would be gone completely 100%...THIS IS NOT THE CASE! I am very disappointed in the treatments. The PA told me that in some people they require more treatments and wants to sell me 10 more sessions for only $600, tempting but I don't know. I also am using a cream for the AM/PM but purchased it from the same place. Any suggestions on a cream that will get rid of the melasma???
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10% Kojic Acid is the usual treatment, or they also use Glycolic Acid all should be supervised by a Dermatologist. They don't however work if it is true melasma. I goes too deep into the skin, like a tatoo.
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Hi Johanarnold, it would be great not to use so many products at once, some times they might do the opposite effect as your skin is already sensitive. Try this product alone or with a sunblock and see the results. You have tried so many already, why not give this one a try. It did wonders on my face as i have fair skin and the patches were very obvious. I am a photographer and i am out in the sun most of the time. Its hobby of mine. Try this product neostrata-bionic-skin-lightening-cream-spf-15 . It works for all skin types and not so costly either. You can find this on basharacare. It will be easy to find it through google.
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Please help me!.. I am 23 yrs old male...brown skin...I've had dark patches all over my cheeks since the beginning of the year. I have been to a dermatologist and he prescribed eldopaque 4% and other creams. But I had to switch to other creams throughout the course of the year as I have a very very sensitive skin. I am currently using 5 creams simultaneously. STILL NO IMPROVEMENT. I am using eldopaque 4%, eumovate, avene creams ( cold cream and sensitive skin cream) and my sunscreen. These patches have got real worse, they nearly cover both of my cheeks now. They have got real dark. My confidence dropped down to zero. This condition affects me on all grounds: be it self appreciation, professional level, social level....I DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING ANYMORE.. Having a modest background, I cannot really afford to visit the dermatologist each time I have a complication and buy new creams. The last time I've been to my dermatologist, he just told me to buy some new stuffs and come back after six months. I am really on the edge right now...HELP
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I wonder if recell would work for melasma. It is really expensive and is not done in the US. I don't have money either but if someone with the same problem would fly to England with me, I think I would risk it. I also have the same problems as you, totaly! I can not do any deeper treatments because I get hypopigmentation, which I already have due to hydroquinone. With recell they can go deep and restore your colour.
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I haven't hear of recell, but I'll look into it.
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It is always nice to see that "celebrities" have the same issues as we do.  A few weeks ago Real Housewife of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville talked about having laser treatment for her Melasma (and lots of other procedures), after being seen looking pretty raw post-procedure.  Here is a link to one of the articles about it.  I wish she would give us all an update as to whether or not the treatment worked!  What do you guys think?

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Laser worked well for me, there is a bit of redness and a light scattered scabbing which after a few days falls away along with the melasma. It is expensive and the melasma is destined to return anyway.
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Melasma has many causes, but we know that once melasma pigmentation becomes ingrained in your skin, it is very hard to eliminate. In my practice, I ask patients to minimize their risk factors if at all possible. This may include abstinence from hormonal factors, birth control pills, and sun exposure. In addition, I recommend MelaPeels once monthly and daily use of Melarase AM and Melarase PM.
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Hiya, well my melasma has come back bcos I'm pregnant and I can't use the obagi nu derm system at the moment but I still use the foam wash and the toner and and sunscreen ... I didn't realise about liquid foundation which I do use cos it gives more coverage but now I think I will have to have a look at some other fondations, when this bubba is born at the end of august I will do a tca peel and then start using the obagi nu derm system again ;o)) oh and I'm gonna try the vitamin b3 and the viamin C also ... Good luck everyone... What is the best sunscreen to use for melasma???
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Hi Lissa! I use CellCeuticals PhotoDefense daily skin protector SPF 55+. It has NO parabens in it, (mess with your reproductive system and mimic estrogen that causes Melasma)..and is totally safe for your face:-) I also use Obagi Medical Nu-Derm braod spectrum SPF 50. It also has NO parabens. You should never EVER use anything that has parabens in it, whether you are pregnant or not. Parabens will cause your Melasma to be worse, or start in other places. So READ your labels..methelPARABEN is a big one...anything that has the ending of "paraben". The first sunscreen I mentioned is pricey, but you don't use much at one time. I buy it on Amazon.com. It worth it..it's your face! I also use Maybelline Mineral Powder as my new makeup, no liquid covers. This powder is fabulous. I use the light one to cover the melasma a little, then I use a darker one as my full face cover. Also, if you can afford it, the Luminess Face Spray system works beautifully, and has NO parabens in it's makeup! It's so pretty and you will love it. But again, the machine is very expensive, but once you have it, you just buy the luquid makeup as you need it. I love it, and it's amaziing that your skin can look so good with a healthy product. So check all this out. And please, no parabens on your body..if you can avoid it. Almost all shampoo's, soaps, everything, has some kind of paraben in it. But I have managed to find all those products that do not use parabens. it takes time, read your labels, be informed. Look up methylparaben on EWG.org. You will educate yourself and you will be glad you did! I didn't have this nfo for years, and once I had it, I changed the darkness of my Melasma almost overnight. good luck to you:-)
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Thank you so much for your insight, I'm gonna write it all down and go online and check it all out, thanks again for ur help ;o))
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if you think of it and have time, I would love to know how you do...long term. I'm glad I could help. Few people realize that the very things we put on our face to hide our Melasma, actually makes it worse! Good luck to you:-)
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Hi robbie - where did you get your luminese spray system. My melasma is horrible and now I am not responding the triple prescription from my dermatologis. I am at the end of my rope~
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Hi there, I bought it off line, at I believe..Luminess.com. It's really amazing. It has a primer liquid, it has highliters, any shade you could possibly need for your skin color..etc. I don't use the blush and eye stuff, that's silly. But being able to use your own concealer then SPRAY on your foundation...it's really cool. Order two different shades that you may like, and you can mix them together until you find the perfect shade. WATCH the video that comes with the machine. As far as your Melasma, what have you done, what do you use, what have you tried? I will share my personal trials and tribulations with you, and feel free to email me at AOL..i'm at Robalinkfla@aol.com, if that would make you more comfortable. I know what a nightmare this can be, and who knows, maybe there's something you haven't tried that I have, that my work.who knows? but the Luminess is fabulous..it's worth every penny..it really is..pls keep in touch:-) Robbie
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Hiya at the moment I'm using obagi foam wash and the toner but when I read the label on the foam wash it contains parabens!!! And I'm using obagi nu derm sunscreen 50 I've just bought skincueticals 50 spf. As u recommended! And once the baby is born I will go back to using obagi nu derm system I'm gonna try that make up ur talking about as well, thanks for all ur help ;o)) I'm really grateful x
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sounds like you researched the parabens..it's pretty amazing isn't it? What we don't know can hurt us a lot! And seriously, you are going to be so glad you spent the money on the good makeup. The Maybelline mineral powder is very nice and has NO parabens, and also the Luminess spray make up system. Be sure also Lisa, to put on your sunscreen, wait about 10 minutes or so, then apply a second layer. Let that dry and then apply your makeup. Sunscreen is meant to be applied in layers, and it works so much better if you do. the obagi nuderm is awfully white, as you know already, so in that case, apply your extra layer to only the Melasma areas. The nice thing about the Obagi SPF is that since it's got a white tone, and it's rather heavy, it helps hide the Melasma!! I looked at the Obagi foam wash and toner myself, but RAN away from it. And Lisa, once the baby is born, try not to go back to anything that has parabens..please. They are never ever good for you, and will never EVER help you with your melasma. They MIMIC estrogen, and that makes Melasma worse. It's was making it bad from the inside of your body in the first place. Keep reading..you owe it to yourself to get rid of all extra estrogen products and foods. Yes foods..research, it's worht it to your face and your body:-) And breast feeding also is smarter without all the added estrogen. Be well..stay in touch!
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www.luminessair.com it's expensive, but it's good make up, and you will look so smooth:-) Check out the return policy just in case you don't like it, but I can't imagine that you won't. I really can't. When I just use my mineral powder now with a brush, I always wish I had bothered to take the time to use my Luminess machine. And this is important...be sure to clean your applicator..you must clean it as directed to keep it nice. There will be directions, I urge you to follow them and lastly..never use any other brand of make up in your spray applicator. No matter what you think, all other brands of makeup will clog and ruin your spray nozzel. Trust me on this, I know:-) I'm sure you will love it..take your time, practice, find the right shade, and you will be happy:-)
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Thank you hun I will keep u posted I've got ur email address ;o)) oh and I ordered skincutiecals not cellcuticals never mind I will get that too ( we can never have enough sun screen right) lool
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Fraxel is not a cure for melasma. I would first recommend topical therapy. In my opinion, I would begin with topical Melarase and then perform MelaPeels once monthly. Conservative treatments are good first-line therapies.
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I had Fraxel DUAL, which is NOT the same as the regular Fraxel. The DUAL approach worked well for me, I've done it twice. Both times the Melasma was gone, and then because the skin was so new and so "at the surface", I could then treat it with Obaji and Tretinoin, which has kept the Melasma at bay for the most part. There's a light version of it still on my upper lip, but it's almost undetectable. I think people need to realize that regular Fraxel is not a good idea, the Dual IS good, and gentle, but then you really have to stay out of the sun, wear a hat, and use good products on the Melasma to keep it at bay. You can't just Fraxel, or bleach, and then act like that's all you have to do. It's not. You seriously have to take excellent care of your skin. NO sun on your face. None. And I use Obaji SPF of 55, and I use TWO layers. I then use a SPK Mineral powder over that. NO liquid makeup, they almost ALL have Parabens in them. Parabens MIMIC estrogen, which is most likey why you HAVE the Melasma in the first place. NO PARABENS anywhere on your face! I stopped using parabens and my Melasma almost cleared up. Get serious, do your research, you WILL get it under control. Email me if you have any questions regarding my personal experience. I am not a Doctor, but Melasma has little to do with what you are, and everything to do with your personal experience with treating it. Let's all keep sharing!
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Hi I used the obagi system and loved it. What cover up or tinted moisturizer do you recommend?
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