Melasma is a relatively common skin condition in adults, where darker than normal pigmentation develops, mainly on the face.
The condition, which may also be called ‘chloasma’, is the result of increased activity of the melanocytes, the cells that produce the skin pigment called melanin. Depending on coloration, the patches may be light to dark brown or even have a greyish tinge.
The problem is more common in women but can also occur in men. It can be related to hormones, so pregnancy or the contraceptive pill may be factors. It can also be triggered by sun exposure and the condition tends to worsen in summer and ease in winter, when the sun’s rays are not so strong.
Typically uneven areas of pigmentation arise in a symmetrical distribution over the following areas:
- upper lip
PRP is facial therapy with autologous platelet-rich plasma i.e. rejuvenating your own face with your own blood plasma which is rich in growth factors – takes only 30 minutes to generate.
How is it different to other skin rejuvenation procedures?
- Compared to lasers & light, it is 1-3 sessions. (To get best results, 3 consecutive treatments done 1 month apart are required).
- There is hardly any downtime.
- There are no side-effects such as burns & post-inflammatory pigmentation which can happen with lasers.
- You’re being injected with your own plasma so there is no possibility of allergies.
- Visible changes in skin complexion seen in 1 month.
- There is minimal pain if adequate numbing cream & small needles are used.