Treatment Explained

Dermamelan can be used in any time of the year provided that a high SPF sunscreen is applied during the day for optimal results.

There is no special preparation for Dermamelan. However patients must have not used topical or oral steroids, retinoids or other photosensitizing medication such as certain antibiotics within the previous 3 months.

Dermamelan should not be used in conjunction with other ablative modalities such as lasers, microdermabrasion, other bleaching agents or TCA peels.

Dermamelan is performed in 2 stages:

Stage 1

  • Dermamelan should be used by experienced healthcare professionals who can make an accurate diagnosis of the patient’s skin problem. For instance there are a number of skin conditions that mimic melasma or pigmentation disorders such as Riehl melanosis, Poikiloderma of Civatte, drug-induced pigmentation, inflammatory diseases (e.g. lupus erythematosus, atopic dermatitis), skin cancer, etc. Therefore a correct diagnosis is of paramount importance.
  • For mild hyperpigmentation the Dermamelan degreasing solution (included in the Dermamelan pack) is applied as skin prepping to aid ingredient penetration.
    For moderate to severe hyperpigmentation Dr S. Foutsizoglou also uses 50% Mandelic Acid which has both keratolytic and whitening properties enhancing the action of the Dermamelan’s active ingredients.
  • Finally the Dermamelan Mask, with the active ingredients, is applied and advised to be left on the face for
    • 8 hours for phototypes I –II (Pale skins)
    • 10 hours for phototypes III–IV(Mediterranean type of skin)
    • 12 hours for phototypes V-VI (Asian and Black skin)
  • If used in other parts of the body shorter duration of application is normally required.

Stage 2

  • On completion of application time the patient can remove the mask with soap and water.
  • Maintenance is achieved by using the Dermamelan Treatment cream for up to nine months depending on the severity of your skin problem.
  • Application of the Dermamelan Treatment cream is recommended for 3 times a day for the 1st month; twice a day for 2nd and 3rd months; and once at night time thereafter.

In severe cases stages 1 and 2 can be repeated in 15 days time.

For localised hyperpigmentation:

Mesoestetic Melanogel Touch can be applied twice a day directly onto the skin blemishes in order to accelerate the lightening process.

Other Depigmentation treatments offered by SFMedica include:

  • The Obagi Nu-Derm System which uses a unique combination of active and prescription-strength ingredients such as Tretinoin and Hydroquinone 4%. It is proven to be effective against pigmentation disorders, in particular, when combined with the Obagi Blue Peel.
  • The Aesthicare MelaClear is a cost-effective depigmentation treatment that consists of the Intense Depigmenting Care Serum, Depigmenting Maintenance Cream and MelaClear Sunscreen SPF 50+.
  • Chemical peels are indicated for sun-damaged skin, pigmentation spots, melasma, chloasma, post inflammatory pigmentation, superficial skin blemishes, etc