What is Cosmelan treatment?
Cosmelan is a chemical peel treatment which includes a combination of different depigmentation agents. These agents decrease melanin production on the skin by inhibition of enzymes tyrosinase. Melanin is responsible for darkening of the skin which results in formation of brown spots due to sun exposure as well as formation of melasma when influenced by hormones.
What is Cosmelan treatment?
How does cosmelan help to get rid of acne?
Cosmelan contains azelaic acid which kills the bacteria on the surface of the skin and helps boost new skin cell production. Hence along with pigmentation this is a very effective anti acne treatment specifically for patients with both indications.
What are the Pre-procedure instructions?
What are the steps for the Cosmelan treatment?
The initial treatment with Cosmelan is always done in the doctor’s office. The first part involves evaluation of the skin type by the doctor. The cleansing of the skin is done with the degreasing agent in order to remove the dead cells, skin oils and old debris. After the degreasing step, Cosmelan 1 mask is applied and left on for a total of 10 – 14 hours depending on the skin type.
Usually a uniform layer is applied all over and sometimes two coats are applied on the resistant and depigmenting areas. After the mask application, you are able to go home with the mask on. Avoid sun exposure with the mask on. It is advised to do this treatment in the evening after sunset so that patient is not exposed to the sun rays immediately after the mask is put on.
After appropriate amount of time has elapsed, the mask is removed with water and a neutral cleanser. It is also advisable to not to rub or scrub the face with any facewash or soap. Face needs to be cleansed with lots of plain water. Immediately following the cleansing of the face, the mesoestetic Hydra-vital factor K cream is applied on the treated area.
What are the steps to be followed after the Mask is removed?
The second stage is the home maintenance program. It consists of the daily application of the Cosmelan 2 cream. The cream is applied 2-3 times a day, for the first two weeks following the application of the mask, then once a day from then on. Continual daily use is recommended for the best results.
Patients are advised complete physical blockade for 2 – 3 weeks after the peel. It is recommended to patients, to carry an umbrella or a scarf if possible along with application of sunscreen which is a very vital step.
Reapplication every 3 – 4 hours is also counselledto patient.
What to expect after the Cosmelan treatment?
First and Second day
During the first two days of the treatment, the skin may turn red. If the skin is very sensitive, the patient may experience an itching feeling. Slight burning and tightening of the skin is also absolutely normal, especially during the first 24 to 48 hours after starting the treatment.
To relieve these problems, it is advisable to apply the Mesoestetic Hydra-vital factor K whenever necessary. Slight reddening and swelling of the face is also likely to occur which will take 4 – 5 days to settle.
Fourth and Fifth day
Flaking will occur on all skin types. In this case it is advisable to apply the Mesoestetic Hydra-vital factor K cream, repeating this every two hours on the day when the flaking is most intense repeating this every 2 hours until it improves.
Seventh and Eight day
Skin appears healthy and luminous and the marks begin to fade.
What are the instructions to be followed after the procedure?
What are the advantage of Cosmelan treatment?
What are the disadvantages of Cosmelan treatment?
What is the visit followup schedule?
It is advised to patient to visit clinic in 8 days of the treatment, 15 days after, and a follow up visit every month thereafter.
How long will the result last?
The results continue to improve with the use of Cosmelan 2 cream and with strict sunscreen application. The results are long term and with continued use of a good skin care routine patients experiences very healthy and pigmentation free skin.
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