Have you had melasma laser treatment?

  • 7 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've had fraxel DUAL 1927, that's the ONLY laser you should have on Melasma. All the others are too harsh. I did mine on the lowest setting, a 5, and I've done it 3 times in 2 years. I love it. There are higher settings depending on the severity of your Melasma, but start low, you can always go higher. If you want pics of my process..you can email me directly at Robalinkfla@ aol.com Good luck!
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I am so sorry! I dictated my post and it reads CRAZY. The end result was that I used name-brand Finacea at 10 percent for 2 weeks and my melasma was all but gone. My very young daughter looked at me and said, "How did you get rid of those spots?" (Kids are brutally honest). The Canadian formula is only $40 dollars, but don't waste you're money - spend the 120 dollars on the nsme brand here in the US. It took years to find this "cure" but Thank God. I only wear Lancome 24 hour wear during the summer, but I stay out of the sun and never tan. I would have bbl done if we went on vacation somewhere tropical - I would only go to my derm's nurse, definitly not Dr. Harvard grad who burned my chin -
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what is bbl?
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brazilian butt lift :)
You can read more about it here
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It is basically the same thing as an ipl. I really don't know what the difference is, other than maybe the type of machine? It is not a true laser, but works best for melasma and redness imo if you are caucasion.
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Sorry! Same thing as an ipl. Not the Brazillian behind.
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yes but have to be very careful laser treatment could make Melasma worse my derm dr doesnt have the specific laser to treat Melasma yet
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you are right! Laser can be really bad for Melasma..but the Fraxel Dual isn't HOT, and you can control the depth of the laser energy. It's great, I really like it. I wish you well and whatever you do, do it "lightly", and "gently"..nothing serious. Just easy trials..you will find what you like and what works for your skin. Good luck to you:-)
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People suffering from melasma should NOT be treated with IPL-unless at at lowest setting possible (and that's to be done with GREAT caution and only by a licensed practitioner who knows your skill well)!! The propensity for PIH is MUCH greater for melasma sufferers and therefore, IPL should be avoided.
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So I can order this online from the states?
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Finacea in the US is by prescription only - and unless you have really sweet insurance it is around 120 - 150 dollars cash. My derm gave me plenty of samples, and then I faxed my 6month script to a Canadian pharmacy where it was only around 50 dollars with shipping. The US version worked SO much better. You can get it without a script from the Austrailian on-line pharmacy, the same exact brand as from Canada. I would seriously only buy the US version, but hit your derm up for plenty of samples first. I was also surprised to find K-mart to be the most expensive, and an expensive pharmacy to sell it for the least amount - every pharmacy I called had a different price. Best Wishes
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Looks like I will be going to the states lol. Do I have to pay to see a dermatologist in the states? or would consultation be free? sorry for all the questions. I really want this cream
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No problem! To be honest I don't know if the consultation would be free or not. My derm does not do free consults, but the cosmetic center that is part of his office will have a nurse do a free consult, but nurses can't write scripts. I would call around and ask, and look for references for the docs on the net - hope this helps. If you go ask for samples, as many as you can get. Good Luck!!!
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I am sorry to correct myself again...the Finacea I had was 15 percent gel, not 10. While called a gel, it looks like a white cream. Honestly the only thing that made a difference before my miracle gel was IPL, but I am FAIR skinned. Anyone who is doing laser on a skin type 3 or more should be run out of town. It is worth mentioning that my derm wrote my script for Finacea while giving me juvie injections - I had completely given up on getting rid of Melasma, other than maybe a yearly IPL if I had too. It really made too miserable to even research anymore, and I wanted to take my life back.
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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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hi. I know exactly what you're going through. When I was 36 I climbed out of the tanning bed to stare in horror at brown blotches on my forehead. I was not on birth control as my tubes were tied. I had tanned every summer of my since I was 15. I am self conscious about my appearance so I immediately went to my plastic surgeon to see what could be done. He said to let it fade naturally and stay out of tanning beds and to wear sunblock of SPF 30. But I wanted those darn blotches gone.I am type2skin and Caucasian. I ran to have a 30 percent peel done which left me with melasma on my cheeks and a horrid mustache.my first bbl worked magic but it did not get rid of the mustache or some of the brown on my cheeks and forehead. For the first time in my life I felt ugly or heavy makeup and the heavy sunblock under my makeup which is a greasy mess. I had about 10 bbl stand over that year and then finally went for Fraxel. The surgeon actually gave me my money back because the Fraxel did so much damage and causing more pigment to come to the surface. Hi then went to a Harvard derm in another state do you have bbls done to correct what the Fraxel had done. I believe she use some type of ruby laser on my mustache which helped immensely. I wish I knew what kind of laser it was now. It's worth noting that my plastic surgeon also lasered me but I don't know the type of laser it did get rid of a lot but not the dermal stuff. I use the most expensive skin products including Obagi and hydroquinone, and I shudder to think of how much money and anguish and frustration I went through. I even thought about having tattooing done over my mustache in a flesh toned color. Thank God the doctor said no to that one. after 4 years of craziness I just finally gave up and resigned myself to a life of heavy makeup.then 2 years ago I went to get some Juvederm done at my dermatologist office.he said I had the beginnings of rosacea which I already knew and I knew I had rosacea from all the treatments I done to my skin I was pretty much devastated. He prescribes Finacea and I kid you notmy my last night was gone within 2 weeks. I believe the strength with 10 percent acid.I still have a little bit of grey under my cheekbones but it just looks like natural contouring I don't use the nation it all now, but when my rosacea starts the flare up a little bit I use .5 retin A. I also used to combat aging. I am 44 and a smoker plus I was a heavy drinker in my 20's. people do not believe my age when I tell them and honestly I don't think I look my age either I think I look about 5 years younger. The only problem with the nation is it is expensive. A months supply is 120 dollars. I did order some from Canada and it didn't work even half as well so forget peels and lasers and grab something a shit. However, IA would absolutely go get a bbl if I were to go on vacation to the beach or something afterwards.if this post help anybody I will be so grateful because so many people on boards helped me when I was going through this.who would have thought rosacea would have been the cure to melasma?
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the bleaching masks help you have to have several consistently its the mask you leave on several hours i get from your derm DR KEITH WILLIAMS is my derm he's great.
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Where did you order the finacea from? I live in Canada and you are saying that the Canada one did not work as well? I too was (still am) considering permanent makeup. I have the unfortunate melasma stache and no matter how much makeup I pile on...it shines through. My self esteem is so low and I too have spent a fortune on products/peels that have not helped. Please help! I appreciate you writing this post....gives me hope
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I'm sorry but it didn't work nearly as well as the US brand :( I know there are US online pharmacies but not if they ship to Canada - you have to a script, too - I ended up just going to a local pharmacy. The Canadian/Austrailian brand sold is made by Intendus I believe in Turkey. A higher concentrate of AZ acid might work
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I had the horrible mustache, too. I pray you find your treatment!
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Hello thanks for the reply! I am guessing you live in the states? I don't trust ordering this cream online so I may just pay a visit to the states whenever I get a chance and visit a dermatologist and ask for this cream.
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thanks! Is there any makeup that you found help hide it? I find that no amount of makeup can cover this up
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I used to use Dermablend from Macy's, it has 20 spf so I skipped putting on sunblock (I know, I know-but it is so greasy!) And used plain cornstarch as a powder. I applied it with a disposable wedge sponge. For most peeps it is too heavy for summer wear, but I didn't care. One idea would be to use Dermablend's concealor w/a mineral powder that is high spf. I never tried the concealor but the foundation is awesome in the cooler months. You know, my hubby got onto to me about all the foundation I was applying, while completely skipping all the eyeshadows and lipsticks I used to love. I started using less foundation and more of the other stuff and got a "see! Wow!" from hubby :)
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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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