Energy-based devices for treatment of melasma

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Juliana Merheb Jordão, Priscila Regina Orso Rebellato

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Melasma, as a pigmentation disorder, induces significant stress to the patients and its recurrent nature remains a challenge in clinical practice. Treatment is based on a variety of mechanisms to prevent and/or stop the pigment production process by destroying the deposited pigment for removal or release, by peeling cells to improve their turnover, and by reducing inflammation. The use of appropriate devices and correct settings are crucial in the treatment of melasma. Cases unresponsive to topical bleaches or chemical peels should be referred for laser therapy. It is important that a maintenance therapy to avoid the recurrence of melasma be indicated. In this paper, we review energy-based devices for melasma treatment.


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Lasers; melasma treatment

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