COSMELAN AND DERMAMELAN
Skin pigmentation can be in the form of sun spots and freckles, and unfortunately, are very common in Australia as we live under a reduced ozone layer, leading to more UV radiation reaching us. Another type of skin pigmentation is hormone-related pigmentation, and this can be difficult to deal with when it involves the deeper skin layer. There are a number of options at The Lime Tree Clinic to treat skin pigmentation, with one option being the Cosmelan or Dermamelan treatment.
Cosmelan and Dermamelan by Mesoestetic is a clinical topical treatment specifically formulated to not only depigment the skin at surface level but also treat underlying causes. This effectively removes and lightens dark patches, resulting in a brighter, smoother and more even complexion.
What are Cosmelan and Dermamelan made of?
Cosmelan and Dermamelan are made up of a specific formulation of active acid ingredients and vitamin nutrients, and does not contain skin-bleaching agents.
How does hyperpigmentation happen?
Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area of skin due to an increase in production of melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for creating the brown pigment in skin. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries such as acne scars. Melasma is a form of hormonal hyperpigmentation that commonly occurs in women.
How do Cosmelan and Dermamelan work?
Cosmelan works by inhibiting the enzyme tyrosinase responsible for production of melanin in the skin through corrective and preventative action.
Corrective action – This corrective process reduces the amount of melanin synthesis, stimulates cell renewal and intensively combats the accumulation of melanin in the superficial skin layer to fade away existing unwanted pigmentation, resulting in a brighter and more even skin tone.
Preventative action – By inhibiting tyrosinase activation and reducing the function of tyrosinase, the melanin is prevented from reaching the skin surface, decreasing the formation of new unwanted pigmentation.
Dermamelan works similarly to Cosmelan but with a stronger corrective and regulating action as it contains higher amounts of the active ingredients found in Cosmelan, therefore, it is reserved for more severe pigmentation issues such as dermal melasma and severe acne scars.
Are Cosmelan and Dermamelan safe?
While there is always some level of risk with any cosmetic procedure, side effects associated with Cosmelan and Dermamelan are rare. Our qualified cosmetic practitioner will assess your medical history, discuss all of the possible risks and complications with you to ensure you are deemed suitable for this treatment.
What are the treatment areas for Cosmelan and Dermamelan?
What are the procedures for Cosmelan and Dermamelan treatment?
Both Cosmelan and Dermamelan use the same treatment protocol which consist of two main steps; clinical treatment and the home care regimen. Our cosmetic practitioner will assess your skin to determine your suitability for Cosmelan or Dermamelan treatment before creating a customised treatment plan for your specific skin needs.
Clinical treatment generally takes 45 to 60 minutes. The procedure starts with cleaning and preparation of your skin to eliminate excess oils followed by the application of a thick layer of Cosmelan/Dermamelan 1 facial mask. The Cosmelan/Dermamelan 1 facial mask is applied evenly and all over your face, not just to the pigmented areas, and it stays on your face for 8-12 hours depending on your skin type. For this reason, it is best applied in the morning. You will be given instructions on when and how to remove the mask at home, as well as given a home care kit for continued depigmentation results (Cosmelan/Dermamelan 2 cream, hydra-vital factor k, SPF 50 sun protection).
Cosmelan and Dermamelan aftercare
Immediately after you wash off the Cosmelan/Dermamelan 1 mask at home, you may experience side effects such as redness and flaking but these will gradually resolve on its own. Makeup can be worn after a day of treatment, if required, without any problems.
Peeling effect usually starts to kick in about two to three days following the procedure and often accompanied with a tight feeling in the skin and itchiness. Application of the home care regimen will help to soothe the skin and is a strict protocol that needs to be followed to ensure the desired results.
When I can see the treatment results and how long will it last for?
Depending on your initial skin quality, you may see your unwanted pigmentation start to fade away and a brighter skin complexion as soon as one week after the treatment. With continuing use of the home care regiment, the pigmentations will continue to fade and will help to prevent the reoccurring of unwanted pigmentation, resulting in maintained results. It is imperative to use sunscreen when outdoors.
In some cases, you may need more than one treatment to achieve desired results. Our cosmetic practitioner will work closely with you to recommend the required number of treatments to meet your expectations.
What is the cost of Cosmelan and Dermamelan treatment?
All Cosmelan and Dermamelan treatments include:
Extensive consultation with our skin clinicians to ensure the treatment is appropriate for you
In clinic intensive Cosmelan or Dermamelan treatment
Specially formulated home depigmentation maintenance kit (12 weeks)
2x medical LED (skin rejuvenation light treatment)
Regular skin progress review and guidance
Cosmelan treatment program - $1100
Dermamelan treatment program - $1600