Younger Looking Skin With Cosmelan
What’s holding you back? The before & after photos demonstrate the results giving a more youthful look. With such a simple treatment there’s no reason to wait. You might be happier when looking in the mirror, at work, and out with your friends & family.*
Cosmelan is a unique treatment for excessive skin pigmentation. It does not require lasers or chemical peels. It is a painless, in office procedure.*
What Is The Treatment Like?
The procedure involves the application of a special masque formulated with proprietary skin lightening ingredients. The masque both elevates the deeper pigment out of the skin and exfoliates. We have seen excellent results with this procedure. Besides excessive pigmentation, it is also quite helpful in patients with acne and dark acne scars.*
You will walk out of the office with a light brown, smooth mud masque covering your skin. This will be washed anywhere from 5-12 hours after the procedure depending on your skin type. After this, a special cream will be applied to continue bringing the pigment to the surface and exfoliating it. While this is not a chemical peel, the skin will be dry and flake over the next few weeks. Using a good moisturizer will easily camouflage the dryness and flaking. You will want to avoid sun exposure during and after the treatment to maintain good results*.
I often use Belotero layered over Juvederm or Restylane. One of my favorite areas to use Belotero is for undereye hollowing, where I will often layer it over Juvederm, Restylane or Voluma. I also like using it for lip lines, where I can use it to fill in just the lines and keep the lips the same size and shape. Of course if lip volume is desired, that is easily achievable also. It is also a great choice for the crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles as well as scars.*
Belotero should slowly dissipate over 6 months or longer, but if you continue with repeat injections before the effect is completely gone, the product should last longer and longer with subsequent treatments. It gives the skin a beautiful healthy glow*.
*Before and after results of all procedures will vary from patient to patient
What Causes Excessive Pigmentation?
Most pigmentary problems worsen in the summer months as the Ultraviolet radiation stimulates the melanocytes (cells in the skin that make melanin or pigment bundles). There are several reasons why one can form excess pigmentation known as hyperpigmentation of the skin.
1) Post Inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs as a result of trauma or injury. Even a scratch or picking of the skin, or from left over acne and rashes. In response, the melanocytes may deposit extra melanin. This is especially more common in darker skinned patients. Treatment may involve skin lightening creams, possible topically applied steroid creams and sun avoidance. If these don’t help, the Q-switched laser treatment can help move things along.
2) Melasma or Chloasma occur either as a result of taking hormone pills such as birth control pills or while pregnant. Hormones can trigger a cascade that results in excess Melanin Stimulating Hormone and more deposition of melanin. Often called the mask of pregnancy, Melasma or Chloasma very often affects the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip. While the vast majority of Melasma and Chloasma is seen in women, 10% of cases may be seen in men as well. There is no cure for Melasma and it will have a tendency to want to reoccur even after successful treatment, especially if the pigmentation is in the deeper layers of the skin. If the pigmentation is mostly in the epidermis, treatments can be more successful. With the use of the Cosmelan peel and lasers, we can actually try to control that deeper pigmentation quite effectively.
3) Ultraviolet Light and age related brown spots are the third type of pigmentation we commonly see, along with freckles. Laser treatments work very well with these more superficial spots. If they are raised they can be treated.*
We have been quite pleased with the Cosmelan procedure. Sometimes we will recommend it as first line treatment and sometimes it is combined with a laser treatment for faster or an even more effective reduction in hyperpigmentation.*
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*Disclaimer* Any claims of improving overall skin, treating acne or spots, or improving pigmentation cannot be guaranteed. Individual results will vary.