Permanent Melasma Treatment

Melasma, while not life-threatening, can cause issues with self-esteem. If you find this skin condition is impacting your quality of life, there is something you can do!

Many patients have discovered PicoWay laser therapy to be the best permanent melasma treatment in VA, and here is why!

What Causes Melasma, and Why Is PicoWay the Best Option?

There are multiple potential melasma causes. Prolonged sun exposure, tanning beds, pregnancy, certain medications, stress, and thyroid disorders all contribute to this type of discoloration. Women between the age of 20 to 40, individuals with darker skin tones, and genetic factors can put you at higher risk for developing the condition. 

PicoWay is considered the best permanent melasma treatment in VA because it was designed to target pigment in a way that does not damage surrounding skin and tissue. Short pulses of light energy breakdown the pigment into tiny particles that your body easily and naturally eliminates over time. 

How Many Sessions Do I Need for Amazing Results?

This depends on the severity of your melasma, and you can rest assured your provider is going to make the determination based on your unique needs. Small, light discolored areas may take two to three treatments. Larger, dark areas can take four or more sessions. 

Does PicoWay Laser Hurt?

What makes these types of lasers less painful than others is they are photoacoustic, meaning they convert light energy to sound. While you might feel a slight stinging sensation, numbing cream is not typically needed since treatment is very well-tolerated. 

Should I Be Concerned About Side Effects?

Not at all. The side effects associated with PicoWay for the treatment of melasma include mild swelling, redness, and discomfort. These are temporary and usually resolve on their own within a few days. 

Preparation and Post-Care Are Essentials for the Best Outcomes

Your provider is going to give you full instructions on how to prepare for PicoWay laser therapy and how to care for your skin after. Follow them carefully! Here are a general guidelines to keep in mind: 

  • Be mindful of the sun. For at least two weeks before your appointment, avoid sun exposure. When you must be outside, wear good quality sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Self-tanners are off limits too. 
  • Be forthcoming about your medications, supplements, or topical products. There are certain ones that cause photosensitivity and other issues that may impact treatment. If you take these types of medications, you may be asked to stop them for a period of time before treatment.
  • Time cosmetic injectables the right way. If you are planning to have Botox or filler injections, schedule them accordingly. Most experts recommend getting injections two weeks prior to or two weeks after laser therapy. 
  • Be gentle with your skin at the treatment site(s). Continue diligent sun protection. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals or exfoliants. Wash with warm water and a gentle cleanser. 
  • Wait if you wear makeup. It should be safe to apply makeup the day after treatment.
  • If you notice spots starting to peel, do not pick or scratch. This can interfere with your final outcome so let them heal naturally. 

How Quickly Can I Expect Results from the Best Permanent Melasma Treatment in VA?

They do not occur overnight so patience is a must! It can take four to eight weeks for you to begin to see a noticeable change. The good news is results only get better over time! 

Are Results Really Permanent?

In many cases, they certainly are! Of course, the particular cause of your melasma and how well you care for your skin can play a part in the longevity or your results. Your provider can discuss with you potential outcomes, what you can expect, and steps you can take to get the most from treatment. 

Is Melasma the Only Skin Condition PicoWay Corrects?

No at all! 

It is ideal for the treatment of acne scars, café au lait spots, freckles, liver spots, and tattoos. It is also a great option if you want to significantly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.

How Much Does Treatment Cost?

The average cost of PicoWay melasma laser treatment is approximately $1,300 but can range from $300 to $4,300. Your final cost varies based on factors such as specific geographic region, the severity of your condition, the number of sessions you need, and provider’s fees. 

Is PicoWay Safe?

This laser therapy has been approved by the FDA and is considered safe for a broad range of skin types and tones, but it is not suitable for everyone. People with hypersensitive skin issues may not be eligible for treatment.

To find out if you quality, it is vital to schedule a consultation with a reputable provider to discuss your medical history, aesthetic goals, and expectations. As a reminder, it is important to disclose all health conditions, medications (prescription and non-prescription, oral and topical), and supplements to ensure your safety.

Say Goodbye to Melasma and Hello to Sensational Results From Generations Medical Aesthetics!

We pride ourselves on being Northern Virginia’s leading laser center. Our team of licensed healthcare providers is exceptionally skilled at treating many skin concerns including discoloration, unwanted hair, unwanted signs of aging, and more! 

We would love the opportunity to create a personalized treatment solution that meets your needs so you can look and feel your best. Call us at 703-439-1104 to book your consultation today!