Cavallo & Horlick Dermatology

631-732-9090Suffolk - Pt Jefferson Station
1500 Route 112 Bldg 6
Pt. Jefferson Sta., NY 11776

516-921-2294Nassau - Syosset
575 Underhill Boulevard, Suite 100
Syosset, NY 11791

Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Melasma
Conveniently located to serve Long Island

Considering fractional laser resurfacing for melasma in Long Island? With this state-of-the-art non-invasive treatment, we can reduce melasma and restore clear and beautiful skin.

What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin disorder that manifests as patchy discoloration in shades of gray or brown. You’re most likely to develop melasma on sun-exposed parts of your body, such as your cheeks, forehead, nose, lips, and hands.

Sun exposure, hormonal shifts, and irritating ingredients in skincare products have all been linked to the development of melasma. These conditions lead to abnormal functioning of melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, creating the appearance of melasma.

While melasma is not harmful to your health, it can be aesthetically bothersome. It can be effectively treated using fractional laser resurfacing.

What Is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Fractional laser resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment that targets a fraction of the skin at a time. The device delivers a laser beam that is divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones. This process is comparable to how a photographic image is improved or altered pixel by pixel.

Each laser beam creates a narrow but deep column of treatment, allowing it to treat both the epidermis (the superficial skin layer) and the dermis (the layer below the epidermis). Those areas are referred to as microscopic thermal zones (MTZs).

The old and pigmented epidermal cells are removed through this process of fractional laser resurfacing. This sets off an internal healing process that results in collagen remodeling and new collagen synthesis.

Who Should Undergo Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Melasma?

Fractional laser resurfacing is typically indicated for the treatment of melasma when other techniques, like lightening creams, have been ineffective in producing both long-term and quick results. Almost everybody who wants to get rid of this type of skin pigmentation is a good candidate because of how precisely it targets the issue.

What to Expect During the Procedure

During fractional laser resurfacing for melasma, the treatment region is first numbed with a topical anesthetic lotion. The full action of the anesthetic usually occurs after 45 to 60 minutes. After the numbing lotion has been washed off, a gliding gel is applied to the skin so that the laser may more easily create a uniform MTZ spot pattern.

The gliding gel helps the treatment device move smoothly across the skin. The length of time required to treat a specific location varies, but a full face treatment usually requires about 30 minutes.

The level of discomfort felt throughout the entire fractional laser resurfacing process is proportional to the amount of energy applied to the affected area. It is common practice to utilize a Zimmer™ machine, a cooling device, to prevent pain during the procedure.

What to Expect After the Procedure

After fractional laser resurfacing for melasma, patients may feel like they have a mild sunburn for up to an hour. The normal recovery time for minor swelling is just 2 to 3 days. For 3 to 5 days, the skin will be slightly rosy. Within 24 hours, new epidermal skin will form, and the bronzed look will last for up to 14 days.

Apply a moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 to the treated region during the healing process and for several months after fractional laser resurfacing for melasma. As dead skin is replaced by new skin, flaking is a common side effect that can be addressed with a moisturizing cream.

The Cost of Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Melasma

When determining the cost of fractional laser resurfacing for melasma, many factors are considered. Price may be impacted by the size of the treatment area, along with the number of areas and their locations.

Find Our More Today

Set up a consultation to learn more about fractional laser resurfacing for melasma in Long Island. Contact us today to meet with one of our skilled medical professionals, who will be happy to answer your questions.


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