*Photos are of actual treatment, before and after PRP for melasma treatment, individual results may vary
PRP Melasma Treatment| Dallas PRP Skin Treatments | Southlake PRP Skin Treatments
PRP melasma treatment effectively improves the appearance of dark pigmentation when traditional treatments provide little improvement in all skin colors.*
*Individual results vary with genetics, hormonal, environmental and other influences
Melasma is a common skin condition affecting both women and men but far more common in women than men. 90% of melasma sufferers are women and 10% are men. of all ages. Darker skinned individuals, such as Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean Latin/Hispanic, North African, African-American, descent are more at risk of getting melasma. Genetic predisposition also plays a part in your risk of getting melasma
Melasma appears as flat brown patches on the face. Most commonly affected areas are cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. Melasma can also affect other sun-exposed areas such as the neck, chest and forearms.
The hyperpigmentation of melasma is a result of over-activity of melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in your skin. Some of the common triggers that induce or worsen melasma are:
- Excessive sun exposure; Best melasma prevention is sun protection.
- Hormonal changes: Pregnancy, birth control pills, menopausal changes, HRT can all trigger melasma. Melasma in pregnant women is called chloasma nicknamed the “pregnancy mask”
- Skin Irritation: Inflammation of skin from skin products, or cosmetics can lead to pigmentary changes and precipitation of melasma.
Commonly and traditionally melasma is treated with a combination of avoiding triggers, adopting sun protection, topical skin lightening medicated products, in office treatments to reduce pigment such as a series of microdermabrasions, chemical peels, microneedling to remove surface cells for better penetration and action of skin lightening products. But not everyone responds equally to these treatments. There are a number of people who have little improvement with one or all the treatments and melsma tends to come back with sun exposure, hormonal changes or just aging itself.
Dallas PRP Melasma Treatment:
Resistant Melasma Not Responsive to Traditional Melasma Treatments?
For treatment of melasma resistant to traditional therapy, there is preliminary clinical evidence in support of PRP injections into the resistant pigmented areas of melasma leading to melasma improvement. For our melasma patients we use a modified PRP treatment protocol to reduce melasma pigmentation and a vast majoority of our patients have a very good response with the PRP melasma treatments.
What Is PRP And How Does It Work To Treat Melasma?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is derived from your own blood starts with a simple blood draw; a procedure very similar to a routine blood draw for labs at your primary care physician. We use the Harvest Smartprep PRP kit which is the #1 used kits in US hospitals for regenerative treatments in surgical and orthopedic treatments. The Harvest PRP Smartprep system separates your platelets from the red and white blood cells for a platelet concentration of 4x-6x the whole blood. Your platelets release over 30 bioactive substances including several growth factors which lead to healthy tissue regeneration and are the reason for vastly improved results of the various minimally invasive cosmetic skin treatments for thicker, firmer skin with fewer wrinkles and better texture.
Among these growth factors is TGF-β1, which is the only growth factor studied for its action on the melanocytes and its role in reducing the pigmentation in melasma. We think that the improvement of melasma with PRP treatments is partly due to melanocyte suppression via TGF-β1 and partly due to the increase in skin volume that is so commonly seen with the PRP skin treatments for wrinkles and aging skin. The PGDF (another growth factor) in PRP induces new blood vessel formation, collagen synthesis hyaluronic acid synthesis and increase in the volume of the extracellular matrix, all leading to thicker, firmer, more youthful, glowing skin which is healthier than the volume added by dermal fillers alone.
How Is The PRP And Microneedling Melasma Treatment Done?
For your PRP melasma treatment in Dallas and Southlake clinics, we ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Our PRP trained aesthetician will apply numbing medication to your skin and she will draw a small amount of blood for PRP preparation. The PRP preparation takes about 20-30 minutes. Most of your PRP is injected into the hyperpigmented area with a very fine needle; the depth of injections is very important to get the desired results. PRP for melasma needs to be injected into the middle layer of the skin where you have the most severe pigmentation. Our aesthetician will apply a small amount of the remaining PRP topically on your skin while gently resurfacing your skin with a microneedling device. We use either the Micropen or the Dermapen for your microneedling treatments and adjust the depth of the microneedles to suit your skin needs.
Immediately after the treatment, you will have some swelling and some bruising because of placement of your PRP into the skin and below the skin. We use the Harvest PRP Clear plasma or HarvestKit PRP for facial PRP injection treatments to minimize the appearance of bruising. The swelling gets better over 2-4 days, and any bruising gradually decreases over the next 7-14 days. You can apply makeup 24 hours after your treatment. For PRP melasma treatment most individuals require a series of treatments; we usually recommend to start with a series of three treatments 4-6 weeks apart but individual needs vary. We almost always combine with other treatments such as prescription skin lightening products, microdermabrasions, microneedling alone etc to boost the results of your treatment and to reduce the number of PRP injection treatments to take into account the cost and your comfort.
We ask you to be diligent with sun protection every We think that the improvement of melasma with PRP treatments is partly due to melanocyte suppression and partly due to the increase in skin volume that is so commonly seen with the PRP skin treatments for wrinkles and aging skin. The PGDF in PRP induces new blood vessel formation, collagen synthesis hyaluronic acid synthesis and increase in the volume of extracellular matrix, all leading to thicker, firmer, more youthful, glowing skin which is healthier than the volume added by dermal fillers alone.
Call 888-210-9693 for an appointment for your melasma treatment with PRP in Dallas or Southlake