WIDE – Trinity Vista Dermatology, located in Fort Worth, offers a full array of treatment for sun spots, age spots, or melasma. The causes of dark spots are varied, but sun damage, hormonal effects, and inflammation all play a role. Our team offers a comprehensive approach to address cosmetic and medical causes of hyperpigmentation.
For typical sun spots, Sciton® BBL/photofacial treatments, Sciton® Halo laser, prescription bleaching agents, or chemical peels may be most helpful. If the pigment is hormone-driven (melasma), or the Melanage® mini-peel tend to bring rapid and impressive results, complemented by prescription bleaching agents and retinoids. Stubborn cases of melasma may benefit from either micro-needling with the Eclipse MicroPen® or Sciton® Halo laser treatment. Discontinuation of hormone-containing medication can help with melasma as well.
With all patients who have pigmentation issues, daily protection with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is required. Addition of a topical antioxidant can enhance results as well.
What can I expect after a chemical peel?
The day of the peel, the patient may have a sunburned appearance and mild swelling. The actual peeling of the skin will begin on days 2-4 and usually resolve by day 5-7.
What kind of care do I need after a peel?
The Melanage® mini-peel both have home care included. A Very gentle cleanser is recommended. It is NEVER recommended to pick off the peeling skin. Use of products that can irritate the skin (retinol or alpha-hydroxy acid) is not recommended until complete healing occurs. Similarly, procedures such as waxing should be delayed 7-14 days post-peel. It is fine to apply sunscreen with zinc oxide the day after the peel, and sun protection/avoidance is encouraged.
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