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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: 3959
Last updated: 7/27/2022 4:52 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
93.1%
probably
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maybe
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not likely
0.08%
no
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Compare our service to other similar practices

excellent
87.9%
very good
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good
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Overall doctor performance

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

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

excellent
94.0%
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The doctor explained treatment options

excellent
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The doctor explained treatment options

excellent
92.0%
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Front desk performance

excellent
85.6%
very good
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good
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poor
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very poor
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Aesthetician performance

excellent
88.6%
very good
7.61%
good
3.39%
poor
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very poor
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Office comfort

excellent
90.9%
very good
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Parking

excellent
66.4%
very good
14.4%
good
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poor
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very poor
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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

excellent
90.9%
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What WE DID WELL

(Answers:674)

Friendly attentive staff and very nice ambience (love the art work!)

#12021-10-05

It was delightful to find a physician who really listened! Thank you.

#22022-03-08

The doctor was very personable, she explained each procedure in detail and answered all my questions. Dr. Ringpfeil has a very pleasant and reasurring mannaer, here staff is very efficent and welcoming.

#32022-04-26

Everyone staff, doctor and assistant, were very nice and helpful.

#42022-05-22

very informative about everything

#52021-10-28

Yes, I liked Dr. Ringpfeil's attentive, friendly demeanor and the fact that she expained things well, making available every sort of treatment, but also making clear what was needed/recommended and what could/should be skipped in a sensible, conservative approach.

#62022-03-07

Very friendly staff. Made the experience easy and comfortable.

#72022-07-15

the doctor and assistant were very nice and the doctor very inormative and clear

#82021-10-21

Nice & freindly staff, very pleasant.

#92011-01-17 15:00:26

No waiting!

#102012-09-06 10:30:16

What can we do better?

(answers:373)

Hard to say, this was a short visit and the service and treatment, as far as I can tell, were excellent

#12021-11-04

I was very happy with the care I received.

#22010-09-14 10:44:00

Keep doing what you're doing.

#32021-11-23

How about a smile to greet a brand new patient? How about explaining that I need to go and fill out info on the computer instead of pointing over there you need to complete things. I felt like walking out by the rudeness. The medical assistant and phys asst were extremely kind, thorough and helpful. I realized that I was here to seek help for my child and received amazing medical help. Thank you.

#42011-07-11 11:52:49

Your rain spouts put water into the driveway to the back parking lot. As it gets colder, it will freeze and create a dangerous pathway for clients

#52010-12-13 11:23:03

Information for patients to take on latest findings/research in the field

#62022-02-04

Well basically there is no need because your doing a very good job.

#72010-10-04 16:54:13

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

#82021-12-25

The service was excellent as is.

#92022-07-11

I was very pleased!!

#102022-06-18

Customer Rating : 4.6

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