Melasma

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Are you also tired of hiding those discolored patches under layers of foundation? Well, you might be suffering from a skin condition called melasma. This is a skin condition characterized by freckle-like spots or blue-gray or brown patches. It is also sometimes referred to as “mask of pregnancy”.

Melasma is not a common skin concern. People with melasma are often on the look-out for a convenient yet effective treatment solution. Sylfirm X provides a treatment option for those looking to address melasma with little to no downtime.

Sylfirm X is a modified version of laser treatment that has gained popularity based on its benefits outweighing the side effects. Sylfirm X targets only the abnormal or affected tissues in all three dermal layers, unlike other laser treatment options. This not only protects the surrounding healthy cells but also prevents the problem from getting worse which can happen with some laser treatments.

Learn how we can help you treat melasma.

What Is Melasma?

Also commonly known as “black spot,” melasma is one of the most common disorders of the skin. While individuals between 20 – 40 years of age are more frequently affected, there is an increased risk for pregnant women and those with dark skin tones. Women have a 90% chance of being affected, especially if they take oral contraceptives or hormones.

Melasma appears as either freckle-like spots or flat patches of brown or blue-gray color. It usually results due to the increase in melanin production by the pigment-producing cells responsible for giving the skin its color.

It typically appears on the areas exposed to direct sunlight, such as forearms, neck, and face, commonly affecting the cheeks, chin, forehead, and upper lips. The color of melasma may vary as it darkens and gets worse with prolong UV exposure.

Due to increased prevalence during pregnancy, it is also sometimes termed as the “mask of pregnancy.” Though it is completely harmless and may also fade over time, it dramatically impacts the person’s mental health as their appearance changes drastically.  

What Are The Factors That Can Cause Melasma?

These are a few of the factors that play a crucial role in speeding the process of skin-aging:

Hyperactivity of Melanocytes

Melanocytes are pigment-producing skin cells that are stimulated by the UV radiation present in the sunlight. UV rays increases the activity of the melanocytes which cause a surge in melanin production, thus giving a darker color to an area of skin.

Increase in the Abnormal Vasculature

The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has a direct impact on the process of melanin production. It also affects the vascular endothelial cells resulting in the release of cytokines and growth factors, causing an increase in blood vessels in the affected area.

Increased number of Senescent Fibroblasts

Fibroblasts contribute towards the increased release of melanogenic factors. In a melasmic lesion, a greater number of old fibroblasts cells are observed in the upper dermis.

Defective Basement Membrane

Melasma patients have increased metalloproteinase 2 (MPP-2), which damages the basement membrane and affects the melanocytes.

How Sylfirm X Is Used To Treat Melasma In Singapore?

By modifying Repeated Ultra-Short Pulse micro-needle system, Sylfirm X was launched as a treatment option for various skin conditions such as melasma, rosacea, stretch marks, acne scars, etc.

The robotic system of Sylfirm X allows it to reach all layers of skin, which would not have been possible via manual handling. Moreover, it stimulates not only the wound healing process but also the production of elastin and collagen. This results in rejuvenation of the skin layers to get healthy and give off a fresher look. 

Commonly, other laser treatments only use a Continuous Wave (CW) mode, while Sylfirm X has eight different types of Continuous Wave (CW) and Pulsed Wave (PW) modes built-in. This allows the customization of the therapy as per the preference of the client and their skin condition

In addition, the three different types of microneedle tips available with Sylfirm X increase its efficacy and reduce the chances of severe side effects. When penetrating into the skin, the micro-needles of Sylfirm X generate a uniform electric field around the targeted area. This directly impacts the melanin-producing cells, i.e., melanocytes, without damaging the surrounding tissues.

If we specifically talk about melasma, the pigments are layered down into the deeper layers of the skin. The triad of inflammation, fragile base layer, and atypical blood vessels makes it hard to treat the condition.

Therefore, Sylfirm X comes into action as it works on all the layers of the skin, from top to bottom. Also, it targets the root causes and works around three core elements that include;

  • Abnormal blood vessels
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Damaged basement membrane

Furthermore, it strengthens the skin layers by regenerating new and healthy cells to give a tightening effect. Eventually, this prevents the melanin from moving from the epidermis to the dermis; thus, the patches fade over time.

Contact the board-certified plastic surgeon at Dream to discuss the ideal solution for you.

Sylfirm X Procedure For Treating Melasma?

The procedure of Sylfirm X is to be performed in an appropriate setting by a certified or experienced doctor to reduce unwanted risks and side effects. The entire process is almost pain-free and takes place in a maximum of 30 – 60 minutes.

The procedure occurs in 3 main steps, which are as follows.

STEP 1

The physician applies a numbing cream on the targeted area to ensure the patient does not feel pain or discomfort during the treatment.

STEP 2

The doctor gently presses the probe onto the targeted area to insert the needles into the skin

STEP 3

Once the entire procedure is done, the clinician puts on a cooling face mask to minimize the possibility of redness or swelling.

The Sylfirm X device has non-insulated electrodes with microneedles and generates 2MHz of bipolar radiofrequency to treat the cause of the skin condition. It uses repeated pulse (RP) technology to create electrothermal energy in selective tissues.

As the electric energy converts into thermal, it heats the cells raising their temperature to 60C. The increased temperature either causes the collagen to coagulate or the proteins to denature. Subsequently, it kickstarts the cellular turnover rate and revitalizes the skin.

In addition, the radiation of Sylfirm X are more likely to conduct through the dermal layers of the skin. Thus, Pulsed Wave (PW) mode directly targets the abnormal blood vessels and balances the production of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which directly contributes to making melasma severe.

Meanwhile, it also makes the basement membrane stronger and has minimal effect on the pigment cells present in the epidermis. Consequently, the chances of having post-inflammatory pigmentation after the procedure are almost entirely eliminated.

The number of Sylfirm X sessions may vary among individuals depending on the severity of their condition. Most of the time, the clients feel improvement after the first three sessions. However, it is vital to have at least a 3 – 4 weeks gap between each session. Once the procedure is over, the patient may continue with their daily chores.

Sylfirm X Key Benefits?

The key benefits of Sylfirm X can be enlisted as; 

  • It is FDA registered
  • It uses gold microneedles
  • It is minimally invasive
  • No side effects
  • Requires no recovery time
  • The entire procedure takes place in 30-60 minutes
  • It is pain-free
  • The results are permanent as it treats the root causes
  • It is a precise treatment procedure
  • Suits people with various skin types

Cost Of Sylfirm X Treatment In Singapore 2021?

The price of Sylfirm X for treating melasma mainly depends on the number of sessions required to treat it. The cost usually varies from $900 to $1200. Other factors that may contribute to it include the experience of the doctors, facilities provided at the clinic, and the quality of the procedure.

Other Uses for Sylfirm X?

Sylfirm X is an all-rounder as it may treat numerous skin issues on top of melasma. This includes;

  • Acne or acne scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Hypertrophic or Atrophic scars
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Shaggy skin
  • Open pores
  • Dark or discolored patches like freckles
  • Rosacea
  • Signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, etc
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Redness
  • Reduced circulation of the scalp

At Dream, we work closely with you to ensure that you understand how Sylfirm X can help treat melasma, its expectations, benefits, and requirements. Our process is straightforward, and everything from registration to procedure preparation, recovery and discharge is handled within our clinic. We discuss everything involved and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions?

The best thing about Sylfirm X is that it has almost zero side effects, except for slight redness and mild swelling. This also resolves within a few hours with icing only.

Once the session is over, the patient observes results almost immediately. Over the next few weeks, a noticeable reduction in pigmentation along with less flushing and acne breakouts can be expected. In addition, the skin becomes firmer and brighter as the texture improves.

Other laser treatments only provide temporary results because they act on the superficial layer. On the other hand, Sylfirm X targets the leading cause by affecting the deeper layers, effectively treating the root cause of the problem. 

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