Thursday, October 3, 2013

Non-surgical Mommy Makeovers – Part 4

Pregnancy is rumoured to bring glowing skin. But not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy blemish-free skin during and after pregnancy. Dark patches or spots are common cosmetic complaints. There may be darkening of skin and existing spots but new pigmentation changes may also occur. Melasma, which describes a patchy darker facial pigmentation is a common skin condition during pregnancy.

Melasma is present in almost 50% of pregnant women due to hormonal changes
Pregnancy related skin changes is triggered by hormonal changes, which stimulate an increase in the production of melanin, a pigment that gives color to our hair and skin. The pigmentation can sometimes get worse with sun exposure. Some skin pigmentation will fade away spontaneously months after delivery but some never completely disappear.
Treatments Targeting Facial Blemishes
Clothes can cover-up a post-baby belly but blemishes on your face is difficult to conceal. To combat the unsightly pigmentation, we recommend these Mommy Makeover treatments to help you achieve the glow you deserve.
1) Sunscreen and Skin Lightening Products
Regular use of a broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 25) can help prevent worsening of facial pigmentation. 
Skin lightening products may contain a range of anti-pigment ingredients including retinol, steroids, hydroquinone, vitamin C, arbutin, kojic acid and Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Prescription grade lightening creams may deliver faster results because they contain more potent ingredients at a higher concentration. Nursing mothers should consult a doctor to ensure they are using a product that is safe for breastfeeding.
2) Laser Pigmentation Treatment
The Fotona QX MAX laser is an effective tool to treat a wide range of pigmented skin lesions 

Unlike topical creams, laser pigmentation treatment can target deeper within the skin, so stubborn pigmentation can be effectively treated. Pigment lasers such as the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser effectively breaks down excessive skin pigmentation to lighten skin blemishes such as Melasma, freckles and sun spots. The laser energy is selectively absorbed by melanin and heat is produced to damage the pigments. Laser pigmentation treatment can also reduce uneven skin tone in areas such as armpits and skin folds.

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