How successful are ProFractional lasers (Sciton) for melasma or brown spots? I have brown spots above lips, below and on the sides of eyes. I developed them during or after two pregnancies. Would the treatment with this type of laser be effective?
ProFractional Lasers Effective for Melasma?
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Last resort for melasma.....
If laser were to be used here is my preference-
1. Q switch laser
2. Fraxel 1927
3. Copper Bromide combined with above for the erythotelengectatic variant of melasma (red and brown)
4. Fractional lasers.
I have treated many melasma patients with Profractional laser before, some respond, some don't, some worsen, most recur.
Medical treat is the best way forward.
Dr Davin S. Lim
Laser and cosmetic dermatologist
Brisbane, Gold Coast
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Profractional laser for melasma
Melasma is a tendency to brown pigmentation of the skin, especially in women ( & particularly those who are pregnant or are on birth control) and those with naturally darker pigmentation. While ProFractional laser works well for melasma, the concern is that the melasma can recur if one gets pregnant again or has too much sun exposure. Bleaching creams and chemical peels, along with excellent sun protection are critical; if these fail, then profractional should be considered, with the understanding that the melasma could still recur (as its not a tendency we can cure).
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