Is there a procedure to rid myself of upper lip melasma?
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Melasma, peels, creams, and lasers.
Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. This is because your skin is extremely sensitive to UV and even the smallest amount can stimulate your pigment cells to produce colour. The mainstay of treatment is strict UV protection- hats, sunglasses and SPF every 4 hours.
I prefer to use a combination of creams and laser for melasma. Hydroquinone can be used (5-8%), along with vitamin A creams. I usually start my patients on laser (low dose Q switch or Picosure) a few weeks after they commence on creams. I use the Clear and Brilliant 1927 as maintenance treatments.
In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help.
More information on available treatments in the Web Reference below. All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist. Brisbane, Australia
Melasma and Sun Spots -- Best Treamtent Is Clear + Brilliant / Fraxel 1927 / Aerolase w Microneedling PRP, Pro Yellow is Useful
Melasma is permanent and you will need long term treatment such as skin care, lasers, microneedling/PRP and peels to get improvement and then be put on a maintenance plan. Please see an expert for evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer.
Melarase creams for upper lip melasma
For upper lip melasma, we recommend Melarase AM, Melarase PM, and Replenish cream.
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Depending on the degree of melasma and location either chemical peels with TCA, or Cosmelan mask combined with sunscreen will reverse the melasma. I have treated thousands of patients with melasma and it takes time but can be treated. Best, Dr. Green
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