The problem: Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown spots to appear on the face. It is much more common in women and only about 10% of melasma sufferers are men. Though it’s not dangerous, it can be distressing and can seriously affect self confidence. It usually affects the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead and upper lip.
It is most often caused by hormonal changes, which mean that dark patches are more likely to develop when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Ultra violet light and even strong light from light bulbs can also stimulate this dark pigmentation, and it is more prevalent in dark-skinned races, particularly Hispanic, Asian, Indian and people from the Middle East and Northern Africa. Only 10% of melasma sufferers are men.
The treatment: One of the most effective treatments for melasma is the Pixel Laser which is a high energy beam of light that removes the epidermis and upper dermis triggering the growth of new, healthy skin tissue.
Results: Brown spots are permanently removed and are replaced with clear, healthy, fresh looking skin.
Downtime: Depending on how quickly your skin heals, you may need to take a day or two at home, however most people will be able to get back to normal activities straight away.
Our team: We are the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group. Pixel treatments are carried out by doctors and senior nurses who have extensive experience in this field and have successfully treated hundreds of patients with a variety of complex skin types and conditions.
Many cosmetic clinics will be unable to treat patients with darker skin due to the specific skills required and the difficulty of achieving the desired results. However, our doctors have successfully treated hundreds of patients with darker skin and have the experience needed to deliver excellent results every time.
Some of your questions answered
The Pixel Laser is a high-energy beam of light that is directed onto damaged areas of skin. The laser removes the epidermis and upper dermis on targeted zones, which triggers the body’s natural healing process and stimulates the growth of healthy new skin. The advantage of the Pixel Laser over other laser treatments is that it can treat very small areas of skin leaving the surrounding tissue untouched and undamaged.
Very few people feel any pain at all with the Pixel Laser, though some experience a tingling sensation.
This will depend on the size of the area to be treated. Sessions can last from a few minutes to half an hour and we usually recommend a course of three to five treatments every four to six weeks.
You should start to see results after your very first session of this scar laser treatment, however, the final results won’t be visible until the end of your course of treatment.
The results achieved by the Pixel Laser are permanent.
For several hours after treatment your skin will feel tight, and look ‘sunburned’ and swollen. It may look pinkish for another five to seven days, while the swelling should go down after one to three days. For this reason you may want to spend a day or two at home, depending on your job. As your skin starts to heal it may flake a little which can last for up to two weeks.