Using Microneedling to Treat Melasma
Excessive sun exposure is one of the main factors that cause changes in the skin like melasma. These unsightly patches typically appear on the face and can significantly impact your complexion.
Sun protection is one of the most common treatments for melasma. Patients are advised to wear sunscreen daily and reapply it several times a day. They are also advised to wear a large hat when outside and exposed to the sun since sunscreen by itself may not provide sufficient protection.
What is melasma?
Melasma is a skin problem that affects millions of people. It involves the appearance of brown or grayish-brown patches, typically in the facial area. Patients often get it on their forehead, cheeks, bridge of the nose, and above their upper lip. Melasma can also develop on other body parts that receive lots of sunlight, such as the neck and forearms.
A treatment called microneedling has been found to be effective in the treatment of many patients. Microneedling is effective when the melasma is confined to the upper epidermis layer of skin. When it is expressed in the lower dermis layer, other types of treatments are recommended.
What is microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment involving the mechanical injury of the epidermis layer of the skin. We perform the treatment by moving a handheld device coated in tiny, sterile needles over the surface of your skin in a series of sweeps. Each sweep of this device creates hundreds of microscopic injuries in the surface of your skin, effectively forcing it to remodel itself.
The treatment triggers the development and formation of new collagen and elastin fibers to renew the surface of the skin and reduce the appearance of melasma. Although these tiny injuries are invisible to the naked eye, they are enough to trigger a self-repair process that results in cellular turnover to minimize skin problems.
What are the benefits of microneedling?
In addition to the treatment of melasma, microneedling has been found to minimize the appearance of lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, blemishes, and scars caused by acne, injury, or surgery.
Microneedling enjoys some advantages over other types of treatments. For one thing, the procedure is minimally-invasive. Since no incisions are formed, your healing time will be greatly reduced. In fact, most patients are able to return to work or daily life almost immediately after their treatment.
How long will it take to see results?
The process triggers your body into a healing cascade that takes advantage of bodily resources to remodel the skin and reduce the appearance of melasma. This process can take several weeks to a month or more to become fully evident.
Can I have more than one treatment for my melasma?
Yes. Patients often find that multiple treatments offer continuous results. However, you will need to wait several weeks after your last treatment so that your skin has time to completely remodel itself.