There are different components of melasma, such as inflammation and redness, that we can address to improve the pigmentation in the dermal aspect. However, it can be difficult to treat melasma entirely due to the increased risk of rebounding. For example, with melasma the more red the skin gets, the worst the melasma can get.
Out of multiple energy-based devices, Dr. Roberta Del Campo finds the Aerolase Neo Elite to be the safest, most effective option for the treatment of melasma; “I think the Neo is very powerful since we also decrease the risk of rebound. We decrease the risk of this difficult-to-treat skin concern coming back, because we know that melasma can be triggered by vascularity. We know that if you don’t improve that vascular component, your melasma is just going to come back with vengeance. This is what makes this device very unique.”
Del Campo is a firm believer of Neo’s ability to target and treat the melasma’s vascularity. According to Del Campo, “the deep penetration of this laser not only affects the pigment that’s deep down, but it also addresses that vascular component that can lead to more pigmentation that leads to melanogenesis.”
Dr. Roberta Del Campo’s belief recently became stronger after another personal experience: “I recently was blessed to have a four-month-old beautiful baby. One of my biggest fears of getting pregnant was that my melasma is going to get worse. I’ve had melasma for so long but it’s been under such good control now with this perfect treatment. Interestingly, even though I received less Aerolase Neo Elite treatments due to my busy schedule, my melasma never flared. I get goosebumps talking about this because I wasn’t even able to use some of the hydroquinone topicals that I was using before. My melasma never got worse. It stayed exactly the same with less frequent laser treatments and no access to hydroquinone. I was a believer before and I’m even more of a believer now.”
To Dr. Del Campo, the Neo Elite is a must-have device when it comes to treating melasma; “Those of you that are on the line that have experienced this laser yourself, it is the one telltale sign of a really, really powerful device and a very unique device. You see the results after just one treatment. I always tell every single person after that one treatment, ‘Give it a week. If you think it looks good now, in a week it’s going to look better.’ And it does. In a month it looks better, and after the second treatment, it looks better. They keep coming back because they’re going to see the results the first time, the first week, the first day and they’re going to continue to see the results with each treatment.”