10 Things to Know to Eliminate Facial Melasma - Freckles - Dark Spot & Update the Best Technology for Aura-brightening Skin of 2022

Having an aura-bright, flawless complexion is another dream of many girls and boys and it drives everyone to try to take care of their facial skin as best as possible. But no matter how hard we try, we eventually find out that as we get older, dark brown spots appear on our face or sometimes there are small brown spots scattered all over the face.

Do you all know what these dark spots are? Some people may answer 'blemish', some people may answer 'freckles' or just 'dark spots from acne scars', but what exactly is it? Today Nida Esth' Medical Centre has gathered knowledge about the problem of melasma, freckles and dark spots and clearly point out the difference so that everyone can choose the right treatment and care for yourself. So, if you are ready, let's get started...

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1.Get to know the differences between blemishes, freckles and dark spots

 

'Melasma', 'freckles' and 'dark spots' are problems for many women, especially Asian women who are constantly exposed to sunlight which causes melanin pigments on the face. But, nowadays, many of us still have some confusion between melasma, freckles and dark spots because, visually, these three facial skin problems share some similarities.

 

 

Therefore, if we want to treat melasma, freckles, and dark spots and see obvious results. First of all, we have to get to know the different problems of melasma, freckles and dark spots in order to choose and plan the most suitable treatment for our problems.

Melasma can be divided into 4 types

  • Mild melasma looks like brown with clear edges. It is easily caused by the production of melanin pigment that is higher than usual at the epidermis level. It can be cured by applying a melasma cream and using sunscreen regularly.
  • Deep melasma is gray-brown, bluish-gray, and purple-colored and it is caused by the production of melanin pigment more than usual at the dermis level. Therefore, it is more difficult to treat than mild melasma. Also, treatment with melasma or the use of sunscreen will only help slightly improve the problem but it will not completely be gone.
  • Melasma caused by sunlight is initially a dark brown, black or red color caused by exposure to UV rays from sunlight, house lights, computer light and phone light. If it does not taken care of properly, the color will become increasingly darker.
  • Blood melasma looks like broken capillaries on the face.  This type of melasma occurs from the use of non-standard creams or cosmetics such as steroids, mercury, etc., making the skin thin and more sensitive than usual. It is necessary to see a doctor for treatment.

 

 

“Freckles” are divided into 4 types: 

  • Mild freckles look like small and light brown spots with clear boundaries; it is often found in areas exposed to sunlight, such as cheekbones or nose. It is also more common in teenagers and people with fair skin. This type of freckle is caused by malfunctioning pigment cells and therefore very sensitive to sunlight.
  • Deep freckles are small, dark brown, grayish-black spots with unclear boundaries. It has a blemish-like appearance, smooth skin, clustered all over a certain facial area. It usually occurs around the cheekbones and nose.  The main reason is the abnormality of pigment cells in the dermis which is stimulated by UV rays from sunlight, together with hormones that increase during adolescence or pregnancy.
  • Freckles caused by sunlight are light brown in color with clear boundaries; it is small in size and usually caused by sunlight and aging. It can be found in areas that are regularly exposed to sunlight, such as a face, arms, and legs, which, if left unattended, can become larger and more severe. Unfortunately, it can not fade away naturally. 
  • Seborrheic Keratosis freckles look like tumors of the skin which is caused by the epidermis that has grown abnormally. It is light brown to dark and black and has blister-like appearance.  It is usually found on the face, neck, arms and body. It is caused by genetics, sunlight and increasing age.

 

“Dark Spots” are caused by skin inflammation such as acnes.

 

Dark spots are caused by inflammation under the skin which is the mechanism that occurs during acne. When the body enters the process of healing the skin in that area, it produces a large amount of melanin pigment which makes the area of acne that has healed becomes darker.  Most acne scars will fade on their own but it can take weeks or months. In addition, the more we are exposed to UV rays, the darker and longer acne marks from acne will be.

Causes of melasma, freckles and dark spots

It is obvious that freckles and melasma are clearly different; melasma is blotchy and larger in size, while freckles are small round spots with clear edges caused by heredity so if your parents have this sort of problem, you are likely to have them too. Also, those with white skin tend to have freckles more than dark skinned people.

The main cause of melasma, freckles and dark spots is UV radiation because when our skin receives a large amount of UV radiation, the melanin pigment on our face will be produced more.

In addition to UV rays, melasma can also be caused by stress, hormonal changes or insufficient rest, for example, some women in pregnancy may suddenly experience melasma as a result of hormonal changes within the body. Moreover, even some types of cosmetics and facial creams that contain perfume can also cause melasma too.

2. Update technology for "primary blemish, freckles and dark spots from sunlight and heat" of the year 2022

 

3D Advanced (Limelight & Laser Genesis) from USA is an intelligent laser program 3 Dimensional Advance Skin Rejuvenation that combines medical science in skin cell therapy.

  • Light Energy
  • Laser Energy
  • Infrared Energy

They fit together perfectly to help reduce melasma, freckles, dark spots, wrinkles, and adjusts the skin to be smooth, tight, firm, restores the skin in 3 dimensions in 1. Sagging facial skin, rough skin, large pores, dullness and dark spots will not be a problem anymore because 3 Dimensional Skin Rejuvenation is an intelligent laser program that responds to all skin problems, which 2 out of 3 programs can help eliminate melasma, freckles, and dark spots effectively.

 

 

Limelight: the 1st dimension of rejuvenation: adjust skin color, reduce melasma and eliminate dark circles.

Incredibly brightening skin with the energy of Limelight

The only light wave energy that can adjust wavelength, light intensity, and temperature to suit the skin problems. Limelight 560 - 1200 nm will rejuvenate the skin in the top layer which serves to help solve the problem of dullness, acne scars, uneven skin tone, freckles and dark spots from the sun and age.  It results in the skin that looks smoother and clearer.

Laser Genesis 2nd dimension of rejuvenation: Smoothness

 

 

Smoothen, rejuvenate and tighten skin with Laser Genesis.

A laser which is gentle on the skin with a wavelength of light 1064 nm enhances the natural skin cell turnover process and restore the collagen structure of the skin layer, making pores and skin tightened as well as reduce roughness, wrinkles and scars from acne.

From a study in Japan, it was found that laser genesis used in combination with limelight helps to increase the efficiency of melasma treatment.

The Lime Light & Laser Genesis technology from 3D Advanced is suitable for:

  • Those who have mild melasma-freckles-dark spots from sunlight
  • People with rough skin problems, enlarged pores and wrinkles

Working principle of light waves

The LimeLight beam rejuvenates the upper skin in the freckles area and reduces freckles on the superficial layer, while Laser Genesis will stimulate the production of collagen in the skin in the middle dermis, making the skin smooth and youthful.

How long will it take to see results?

A change is noticeable since the first treatment: freckles are reduced.

 

3. Update technology for "moderate melasma, freckles and dark spots from hormones and genetics" of the year 2022

 

 

REvlite: PhotoAcoustic Laser 

RevLite Fusion is the ultimate innovation combining laser technology and the science of space flight together perfectly  under license of Photo Acoustic Laser.

Photo Acoustic is the use of Photo Light Energy, combined with the reflected power of sound waves, Acoustic Energy, a space flight technology, together with the combination of cell therapy causes the change in the biological structure of all new skin cells.  It is like the birth of new skin cells that provides better performance than the power of laser light alone.  With higher skin safety, RevLite Fusion will work in response to both the epidermis and dermis layer.

Who is Photo Acoustic Laser suitable for?

  • Those who have problems with moderate melasma, dark spots and freckles
  • Those who want to tighten pores and smoothen the skin
  • Those who want to remove tattoos

How does it work? 

Photo Acoustic Energy will cause vibrations of melanin (pigment created by skin cells) that is so densely concentrated that it can be seen with the naked eye such as freckles, tattoos and dark spots. The vibration will cause the distribution of thin sheets in a horizontal skin before peeling off from the skin layer.

When the process of exfoliating skin cells naturally, it will be noticed that dark spots and freckles are faded and will fade even more noticeably after the treatment.

How long will it take to see results?

Melasma and dark spots are clearly faded after 4 treatments every 1 week.
Melasma fades after 10-12 treatments continuously every 1 week.

 

 

FEM™ Fast Edge Micro Pulse Technology: bright skin with the radiance of light

With hundreds of thousands of beams of light being released  (Microsecond) of CuBr Laser to rejuvenate the skin, it is the source of success in the development of FEM™ or Fast Edge Micro Pulse Technology to solve skin problems.

With FEM™ technology, CuBr Yellow Laser Beam at 578 nm wavelength and CuBr Green Laser Beam at 511 nm wavelength solve a variety of skin problems and effectively.

 

 

How does FEM™ rejuvenate the skin?

FEM™ can solve a variety of skin problems as  it consists of 2 types of beams as follows

CuBr Yellow Laser Beam

It has the ability to stimulate skin cells to create more collagen and wrinkles are therefore reduced. Pores get tighten. Acne scars are looking better. It also helps to slow down the aging process that will occur to skin cells in the future as well. In addition, Yellow Beam can also reduce inflammation of acne which helps to heal tissues, resulting in the redness from acne that fades away

CuBr Green Beam

It is a combination of Yellow & Green Laser Beam and it is effective in removing moles, polyps and various skin tumors without blood. Plus, the wound heal faster than using conventional lasers.

 

 

 

FEM™ Facial is used to treat…

  • Acne, including redness
  • Enlarged pores
  • Wrinkles
  • Freckles, melasma and dark spots from sunlight and pollution.
  • Overall skin rejuvenation to maintain youthfulness for a long time
  • Removal of moles, polyps, freckles, bulges, sebaceous glands and various skin tumors
     

Notes

  • It should be done at least 5 treatment sessions
  • No pain and make up can be done immediately after the treatment.
  • It is used to treat melasma in general
  • It is not used to treat melasma-freckles directly.
  • It is often used in combination with other lasers such as REvLite or PicoSure to enhance performance in blood spots.

 

4. Update technology for "deep melasma, freckles and dark spots under the skin layer" of the year 2022 

 

PicoSure F.L.A. from USA

The superior difference of the Pico Sure Focus Lens Array in the treatment of melasma, freckles and dark spots.

Focus Lens Array evokes “Cell signaling” theory, which is at the heart of radiant youthful skin. No melasma-freckles-dark spots naturally along with technology developed from Cell - heal - Cell theory (cell repair cells) to create youthfulness without melasma - freckles. "PicoSure is a revolution in laser technology, with Picosecond Technology that has changed the way lasers work with high-frequency light waves with a speed of 1 per trillion seconds that destroys the abnormal pigment by vibrating violently (Photoacoustic) without causing heat (selective photothermolysis); therefore, there is no risk of burns and better results."

Pigment Flat Optic causes a phenomenon known as Pressure wave, which has enormous energy to break the black pigment that combines Melanin Pigment, which causes black patches of melasma, birthmarks and nevus (HORI's, Nevas of OTA). Therefore, it is easy for white blood cells (Macrophase) of the body to be eliminated, causing melasma - freckles to fade effectively in a short time compared to other technologies.

 

 

PicoSure F.L.A. is a laser technology from the United States that can change the skin to make the skin youthful and treat freckles at the cellular level without injections and surgery.

Pressure wave® Energy, a patent of PicoSure F.L.A. that helps to change the skin to look smooth, clear and youthful.

It is suitable for :

  • Freckles, both severe and mild, including those that are difficult to treat with traditional treatments
  • Aging skin and who wants to have young skin, look younger
  • Who wants to see the change quickly and clearly

 

 

Difference and superiority of other technologies

  • It is the latest technology from the United States.
  • It is the only technology that uses the principle of Cell -Signaling to modify the skin structure at the cellular level.
  • A laser beam can be emitted in fractions of a second, Picosecond 10 powers -12 seconds, causing no heat to the skin cells. It has high efficiency, fast results and no side effects.

How long will it take to see the change?

THe noticeable change can be seen after the first treatment. Both the freckles and melasma are reduced and skin looks younger, clearer and smoother.  This rapid and marked change cannot be definitely found in other treatment technologies.

 

 

How does PicoSure FLA work?

It works by two mechanisms: Cell Signaling sends a youthful signal to rejuvenate the skin at the cellular level.  The skin is clear and youthful and decomposes excess melanin pigment into tiny particles. Therefore, the problem of freckles, such as dark spots that are difficult to treat, is therefore quickly eliminated. Another mechanism is the working principle of the Cell - heal - Cell theory to create a youthful appearance without freckles naturally.

 

5. What kind of sunscreen can actually prevent melasma, freckles and dark spots?

How much SPF sunscreen is appropriate?

Ultraviolet rays or (Ultraviolet: UV) types UVA and UVB are the main causes of melasma, freckles and dark spots. It also causes the generation of free radicals, wrinkled, sagging skin problems, sunburn, and skin cancer.

UVA rays can penetrate through glass into buildings. There's also blue light from cellphones and computer monitors, so even if you're indoors, please apply an appropriate amount of sunscreen.

Therefore, we should choose a sunscreen that has the ability to protect both UVA and UVB light, which can be observed from the SPF and PA, respectively, should choose an SPF level of 30 and PA 3+ or higher.

Do you wear sunscreen at home?

Did you know that even if we are in the house or indoors, it is not possible to avoid all sunlight and UV rays, especially UVA rays, which are long wave rays that are very powerful? It can penetrate into the building and this type of radiation is the one that can injure our skin deep into the dermis layer. If it hits our skin often, it will result in the destruction of collagen and elastin in the skin, causing wrinkles easily and a face to look older than actual age and it also increases the risk of skin cancer.  Therefore, it can be concluded that applying sunscreen, even at home, is necessary to do it on a daily basis.

 

6. How to prevent melasma-freckles-dark spots

 

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  •  Avoid exposure to sunlight: Sunlight emits UV rays when exposed to intense UVA and UVB rays for a long time, it will cause free radicals in the body to increase until blemishes or freckles begin to show prominently in various parts of the face.
  • Try not to stare at a computer screen regularly: the light from the computer will cause heat to build up around your face. When it accumulates a lot, it reacts with the melanin pigment under the skin which can cause blemishes on the face.
  • Check for substances that may be allergic to cosmetics: such as perfumes, colors, preservatives or some cosmetics ingredients that can cause dark spots like freckles and blemishes. It is best not to change your makeup often because it can cause allergies easily or if you use any type of cosmetics and you have an allergic reaction. You should read the details of the ingredients in the cosmetics that there are any substances which contributes to the allergic reaction in order to avoid that substance when buying.
  • Avoid using non-standard creams: because fast-acting face creams are often full of mercury and various chemicals that hurt the skin, no origin, no clear ingredients. These creams, when used for a while, can cause blemishes. And worse than that, it can cause blemishes to be buried even deeper than before.
  • Consult your doctor before taking birth control pills: The pill contains sex hormones, making melanin cells to work more. Girls who take birth control pills have blemishes is easier to get freckles than people who don't take birth control pills, including those who are pregnant can have blemishes and freckles as well.
  • Get enough rest: In addition to causing wrinkles, acne and dull skin on the face, when the body is not resting enough, the body's internal systems are disrupted. It affects hormones in the body to not working well until causing stress that contains free radicals. As a result, melanin does not work well, causing blemishes to be appear more clearly.

 

7. Is it safe to undergo non-surgical facial reshaping procedures during Covid-19 in Bangkok, Thailand

 

During Covid-19, many of us living in Bangkok, Thailand, probably wonder if we can undergo facial procedures or not. The answer is that it can, of course, be done. But, we need to study the measures of a medical centre whether there are effective screening measures, for example, a Rapid Test Kit (ATK) is provided to clients as well as nurses, including doctors. Did the staff receive the full dose of vaccination?  In addition, the medical center should have standards and policies in patient care during the COVID-19 relief situation.

During a procedure, doctors and nurses should take preventive measures such as wearing masks, face shields and gloves to ensure that patients receive 100% safe service.

 

8. Scanning technology, analyze skin problems, and compare the results before - after; the only treatment that dares to guarantee

 

 

For the process of taking care of that facial shape, we can see the results before and after the procedure more clearly than just taking simple pictures. It starts from the first step which is very important. Imagine with the Clear Vision 2D&3D Camera to compare the results before and after the procedure to see clearly verifiable changes. 

Clear Vision 2D&3D can also analyze pigmentation, dark spots and redness. It is an advantage that we can see various problems clearly to be used as a guideline to consult with a specialist dermatologist to design a treatment plan that is suitable for each patient.

9. Verify the credibility and expertise of a dermatologist

Today, there is a variety of medical facilities that provide beauty and body services. The selection of a hospital is therefore another factor that should not be overlooked by considering the following things:

  • Safety Policy Various safety measures including prevention of COVID-19 and cleanliness in the laser center
  • It has the world-class facial reshaping laser technology such as US FDA.
  • There are medical certified doctors, a specialist in laser technology and various facial laser technologies
  • There is an AI Plan with clear details of the treatment program from how to do it to the exact cost
  • There is a close supervision before and after the treatment by skilled nurses
  • The procedure is performed in a safe, standardized facility that has been certified by international institutions
  • There is a clear assessment of the results before and after the changes.
  • There is a Customer Service team that takes care and answers questions 24 hours a day. 
     

10. Verify the credibility of a dermatological skin and laser center

 

After selecting a clinic, we also need to study the information of doctors who are consulting and taking care of our treatment, whether they are specialists or not; a professional doctor should

  • Have clear diploma and professional certificates as we can check the list of surgeons at  https://www.thprs.org/find-doctor 
  • Have a lot of therapeutic works to be a guarantee of experience in his or her profession
  • Provide a technology that helps measure results before and after treatment to be concrete and abstract
  • Be able to provide a systematic treatment plan and ready to answer the problems of each patient

Consulting with a doctor directly allows us to know how to assess treatment, knowledge, expertise and the credibility of doctors by a doctor with real expertise who will explain to us  give us the right advice in order to plan an appropriate treatment and have a history taking including asking the patient's behavior to evaluate the treatment in detail.

From the above information about 10 things to know about facial pigmentation treatments with various techniques that Nida Esth' Medical Center has told you. Hopefully, it will be helpful to those who are interested in getting treatment for melasma, freckles, and dark spots and can help make decisions easier before getting treatment. In addition, those who are interested can consult with a specialist, Dr. Sunida Yuthayotin, a No.1 dermatologist with over 22 years of experience in beauty and laser technology treatment at Nida Esth' Medical Center, an aesthetic medical center that has been recognized internationally, and equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology combined with the expertise of a team of doctors, nurses and personnel in various fields to answer all the shape problems that you are concerned about; therefore, you can be assured of safety and premium results after treatment.

You can get a consultation from a team of specialist nurses at Nida Esth' Medical Center by calling 02-252-2121 or Line Official Account @nida_esth