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Melanage

melasma treatment with melanage before and after

Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

Highlights

  • Most effective treatment for superficial and medium depth melasma
  • Skin lightening
  • Treats hyperpigmentation effectively
  • Improves skin texture
  • $850 / treatment
  • To maintain results - patient must adhere to life time post treatment instructions

Overview:

The Melanage Skin Lightening System is a superficial peel designed to improve the texture and appearance of hyperpigmented skin. The peel involves a medicated masque and at-home regimen. There is no pain and little-to-no irritation during the application of the mask, and the irritation level on the following days is like a sunburn.

The mask is applied during an office visit, and removed by the patient at home after a required length of time, which will be designated by the Doctor. Patients are then responsible for following an easy, at-home regimen, which involves the application of several Melanage products which will be provided during the office visit. This complimentary take-home product kit is tailored to maximize the results of your treatment.

Conditions

  • Melasma
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Texture

Frequency

  • 6 months or more

Pros

  • All skin types
  • Minimal down time

Cons

  • Not effective for wrinkles

Not for

  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Active Rosacea
  • Active cold sores
  • History of warts
  • Accutane users (6 months off)
  • Expected results
    • Results vary, but generally patients will see a significant improvement in the appearance of pigmented areas. Dark spots will dramatically lighten and skin texture and tone will improve. Each treatment can be performed no sooner than 6 months, no more than two treatments per year is recommended.
  • Preparations
    • One week before the treatment, we ask you to refrain from electrolysis, waxing, depilatory creams, laser hair removal treatments, cosmetic facials, Botox, etc. Two to three days before the treatment, we ask you to avoid using any Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, retinols, alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acids, benzoyl peroxide, or any other exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating.
  • Post treatment instructions
    • It is imperative that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid direct sunlight for at least 1 week. Best results will be obtained with regular daily use of such sunscreen.
  • Downtime
    • Peeling and redness could last up to 7-10 days
  • Price
    • $850/treatment
  • Contraindications
    • Patients with active cold sores or warts, skin with open wounds, sunburn, excessively sensitive skin, dermatitis or inflammatory rosacea, history of herpes simplex, pregnant or breast feeding (lactating) women, patients currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation, patients who have been on Accutane within the past year.

How can we help you?

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# of surveys: 3847
Last updated: 1/12/2021 12:30 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
93.1%
probably
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maybe
0.58%
not likely
0.08%
no
0.02%

Compare our service to other similar practices

excellent
87.9%
very good
10.1%
good
1.8%
poor
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Overall doctor performance

excellent
94.2%
very good
4.89%
good
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poor
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The doctor listened to you attentively

excellent
93.9%
very good
4.97%
good
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The doctor took time to answer your questions

excellent
94.0%
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4.66%
good
1.27%
poor
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The doctor explained treatment options

excellent
94.3%
very good
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good
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The doctor explained treatment options

excellent
92.0%
very good
5.69%
good
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poor
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Front desk performance

excellent
85.6%
very good
10.2%
good
3.66%
poor
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very poor
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Aesthetician performance

excellent
88.6%
very good
7.61%
good
3.39%
poor
0.24%
very poor
0.08%

Office comfort

excellent
90.9%
very good
6.93%
good
2.08%
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Parking

excellent
66.4%
very good
14.4%
good
15.7%
poor
2.49%
very poor
0.9%

Friendliness of the staff during appointment

excellent
90.9%
very good
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What WE DID WELL

(Answers:674)

The doctor's thoroughness and professionalism and bedside manner. Also the offioce music was very pleasant.

#12020-03-13

I thought the waiting room was very nice and all the employees were very kind and took their time during the appointment. Our last dernatologist that we visited for the first time made us wait an hour and a halve for a five minute appoitment.....so we were pretty happy this time!

#22020-02-07

People, help, expertise.

#32011-01-17 15:16:10

Dr. Ringpfeil took her time and was attentive to my concerns. Writing all options on paper was very helpful and will help me when I start my regimen

#42020-10-22

I loved how friendly and nice everyone was. It was the greatest doctore visit I have ever had.

#52020-03-27

Dr. Ringpfeil's professionalism as well as her wonderful bedside manner.

#62021-01-07

Being treated promptly

#72010-12-22 09:39:41

The friendliness. professionalism and knowledge of all staff members.

#82020-04-30

everything

#92020-10-18

I don't have insurance, and Dr.Ringpfeil carfully thought about my situation and prescripted with my budget. Very nice and explained each medication that I'm on. LOVE THIS PLACE! hope my face gets better fast..

#102010-11-10 08:24:10

What can we do better?

(answers:373)

I am very satisfied with my experience at Ringpfeil Dermatology. I travel to get here and it is worth the drive!

#12010-10-21 14:58:02

When making a first appointment ask who ther person would like to see. Doctor vs Aesthetician

#22020-10-09

A little warmer temperature.

#32010-09-09 16:03:32

I wish there is a more flexible schedule for the morning visit.

#42010-12-16 12:15:00

Everything was great!

#52020-02-11

I can't think of anything at this time.

#62020-10-25

Service was great, wouldn't change a thing.

#72010-10-06 09:19:36

Keeping me from dying of skin cancer would be good (I will behave and do the checks and annual exam to help out!!!)

#82010-11-29 11:47:11

Today I had to wait 45 min. to see the Doctor. I understand that sometimes other appointments run over but I took time off work to come here and I felt like I spent most of my time here waiting to see her.

#92021-01-13

I really can't think of anything to add

#102010-11-24 09:41:39
Customer Rating : 4.5

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