Goodbye Melasma...I Hope! - Woodland Hills, CA
So, like many of you, I too, have tried everything...
More pre-op pics
I'll be posting more after I leave my appointment.
T Minus 8 hours
Just washed mask off
I've put the Cosmelan 2 on and it didn't burn like I've read some others say.
I have to go to work so I'm going to try to put some makeup on.
I started to peel a tiny bit in the chin and mustache area yesterday. I am posting pictures from that as well as how I look this morning.
My skin is still feeling a size too small and looks crepe-like, my assumption is the rest will start peeling today or tomorrow.
Another reviewer said she was showering twice a day because it helped with the peeling and I agree. It makes the skin come off easier, although, I am not scrubbing, rubbing etc. I am only patting dry and letting this run it's course.
I do not see any improvement in pigmentation so my hopes are that after this all peels off, the fresh, glowing, pigment free, or at least reduced, skin underneath will be there as other reviewers have seemed to achieve.
Good grief. Peeling? That's an understatement.
It's finally not feeling like a sunburn but is definitely a little itchy. Nothing too bad though.
I've been applying the at home cream 2-3 times a day still.
My dark patches on my cheeks seem a tiny bit improved, but I am feeling a little deflated that they aren't lighter than I though they would be after the heavy peeling stopped.
My mustache/sunstache, however, does seem to be the most improved.
I realize that the at-home product is what will really help the most at this point- along with keeping out of the sun, sunblock, and a big floppy hat. Although, for me, it's always been a hormonal issue that brought my melasma out to begin with, not the sun.
I'll keep posting updates and more photos soon.
1 week post-procedure
Im still a little red/brown, I thought that would be gone by now. Not sure how long that takes to go back to my normal skin tone.
I also still a little flakey but nothing terrible or that my moisturizer can't handle.
It seems like everything keeps lightening, so I will post another picture in a week or two.
2 week post op
It definitely lightened a little bit, however, I'm now relying on the cream twice a day to work.
It lightened the area of my sunstache uber my nose, but not near the corners of my mouth and now that seems even more pronounced.
It's a little frustrating.
Post op almost 2 months
As most of us know melasma is a hormone related issue.
I couldn't figure out why after the Cosmelan I would have days where my dark patches looked so good and other days looked so dark. So dark that I had a friend ask me what the black was on my face. Crushed my feelings! I mean, come on! I've been working so hard to get this under control...still using the take home products daily, sunblock and staying out of the sun.
Anyhow, I did some research. Turns out a hormone called MSH can trigger the spots and if you can get it under control, the spots my actually reverse. I don't know how much faith I have in this, but I'm getting my hormone levels tested tomorrow.
Fingers crossed! XX
Eileen is great! She is an artist when it comes to injectables and great customer service. The receptionist should have more knowledge, however, when it comes to procedures. I had a lot of questions about Cosmelan and she wasn't able to answer any of them. With that said, Eileen called and emailed me promptly and did answer my questions.