What Causes Melasma?

Melasma typically forms between the ages of 20 and 40 years old and can be a significant worry for people who don’t understand the issue they are dealing with. Melasma occurs when cells responsible for the colour of your skin are overproduced. It is a common, harmless condition that usually fades after a few months.

Melasma is more likely to affect people with darker skin or who tan more easily than those with fairer skin. Men are also less likely to experience melasma than women.

Below, we’ll break down the causes of melasma and explore the cosmetic treatments available at Avana.

The Primary Causes of Melasma

Melasma has several known causes, including radiation, which could come from ultraviolet, visible, or infrared (heat) light. Ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the sun can both make melasma worse, as can changes in hormones during pregnancy, hormone treatment, or while taking birth control pills. Certain skin care products can also irritate the skin.

Melasma may also have a genetic component, as people whose close relatives have experienced melasma are more likely to develop it themselves.

Recognising the Types of Melasma

Melasma can cause light or dark brown and black or bluish spots and patches on your skin. Sometimes the patches can become red or inflamed. There are three types of melasma, based on the depth of the pigment. These three types are:

  • Epidermal: Epidermal melasma has a dark brown colour and a well-defined border.
  • Dermal: Dermal melasma has a light brown or bluish colour and a blurry border.
  • Mixed melasma: The most common of these three types, mixed melasma features both brown and bluish patches.

Treatments Available For Melasma

Melasma is often confused with other skin conditions. Skin care professionals often perform a biopsy to identify the condition, removing and examining a small piece of skin.

The volume and depth of melanin pigment present in your skin will determine the necessary number of treatments. Four or five treatments are usually sufficient to treat most black or brown spots. Here at Avana, we apply the treatment with our Helios-III, world unique Fractional Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser. The sensation only lasts for a fraction of a second, and you may experience a warm feeling (many patients describe the sensation as a kind of hot pinch). Most people tolerate pigmentation removal without any topical anesthetic cream.

Treatments are performed every four weeks apart, and the melasma continues to fade in between each treatment. The interval allows skin healing and fading to maximise before the next treatment.

The Key Benefits of Avana Helios-III Treatments

All Avana treatments are undertaken by highly experienced and qualified consultants, using the most proven technologies and techniques. We have successfully provided our FDA-approved treatments for over a decade, which we believe is evidence of our experience and professionalism. The key benefits include:

  • Helios-III is FDA approved, which means it is a world-class laser machine
  • Painless and very safe because of the patented fractional handpiece
  • Minimum downtime
  • The laser beam emitted is even and uniform resulting in the treatment being very effective

Melasma goes away on its own for many, though it may be permanent for some. For others, the condition will respond to treatment after a few months. Most cases of melasma will fade away with time and with good protection from sunlight and other light sources.

If you have any worries about the pigmentation of your skin, contact us to make an appointment, where we will present you with options, and make the appropriate recommendations for treatment.

Your Tattoo Removal FAQs Answered

While tattoos are supposed to last forever, sometimes you change your mind and they need to be removed. Laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of your unwanted ink. If you are considering laser tattoo removal, chances are you have a lot of questions you want answered before you get it zapped. We have put together some of the most common questions regarding tattoo removal so you can go into the treatment feeling comfortable and confident you’ve made the right choice.

How much will it cost? 

Pricing can be a big part of the decision when it comes to tattoo removal. Here at Avana, we want to provide laser tattoo removal in NZ that is accessible for all individuals at a cost-effective price. We have a wide range of laser tattoo removal packages that depend on tattoo size. Each tattoo is different and will require different numbers of sessions before it is completely removed. The majority of professional tattoos usually require 6 to 10 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. At Avana, our prices start from as low as $69 a session.

How effective is it?

All tattoos whether professional or amateur do respond to our treatments. Some tattoos are easier to remove than others, depending on factors such as the colour, quality, and depth of the pigment. Some pigments, especially yellow, blue, and orange are more difficult to get away with, but they respond following a prolonged course of treatments. Placement on certain areas of the body can also make it harder to remove a tattoo — tattoos on thinner-skinned areas like the ankle or fingers are more difficult to remove than those placed on thicker-skinned areas, such as the abdomen and shoulders.

How does it work?

At Avana, we use the latest laser technology and laser equipment for tattoo removal. We use the Helios-III, the world’s first Fractional Q-Switched laser system with special optics. This releases a sudden burst of energy to break up the ink particles on the skin. Once broken, your body is able to remove these smaller ink particles as a natural process, resulting in your tattoo becoming progressively lighter with each treatment and eventually fading away.

How much will it hurt? 

One of the benefits of using the Helios-III laser is that the fractional laser system makes it less painful than other laser tattoo removal systems. It has been described as a thin rubber band snapped against your skin. If you have a low pain tolerance and are super concerned about the pain, a topical numbing cream can be applied an hour beforehand to make the procedure more comfortable. Since each session only lasts between 15 and 30 minutes, the pain is very bearable.

Will there be side effects? 

With laser tattoo removal, it is common to see side effects in the hours and days after your treatment, but they tend to be manageable. Redness and swelling are completely normal, and it is likely that your treatment site will feel tender, as if you have a sunburn. Hypopigmentation or temporary lightening of the skin is also common and will resolve naturally with time.

Ready to remove your tattoo? 

Laser tattoo removal can sound scary, but in reality, it is a simple and bearable process that can erase any regretful tattoos you have. We provide our customers with an effective, money-saving, fast, and safe tattoo removal service in Auckland. If you are ready to get rid of your ink, book a free video consultation with us to figure out what we can do for you.

Reduce stretch marks

A stretch mark is a scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. Stretch marks aren’t painful or harmful in any way, but not everyone likes the way that they look on their skin. In this blog we explore why people get stretch marks, why they look different on different people, and how we here at Avana can help you to reduce the appearance of them.

Why do we get stretch marks?

The abrupt stretching of skin causes the collagen and elastin that support our skin to rupture, leaving a red, purple, pink, or reddish-brown mark on your skin. Collagen is a protein that makes your skin more elastic. If your skin doesn’t have enough, the marks may show up as it stretches. Their severity is affected by several factors, including your genetics and the degree of stress on the skin. Your level of the hormone cortisol also might play a role. Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, weakens elastic fibres in the skin. They commonly appear during or after pregnancy, or after other sudden or rapid changes in your weight. For example, rapidly growing teenagers might notice some stretch marks.

Who can get stretch marks?

Anyone can develop stretch marks, but some factors increase your likelihood of getting them, including:

  • Being female
  • Having a personal or family history of stretch marks
  • Being pregnant, especially if you’re young
  • Rapid growth in adolescence
  • Rapidly gaining or losing weight
  • Using corticosteroids
  • Having breast enlargement surgery
  • Exercising and using anabolic steroids
  • Having a genetic disorder such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome

These marks can appear just about anywhere, but they’re most common on the stomach, breasts, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Stretch marks don’t look the same on everybody. The appearance of your stretch marks can depend on a combination of variables, like:

  • Your natural skin tone
  • Your skin’s health and elasticity
  • The body part affected

Reduce the appearance of your stretch marks at Avana

At Avana, we offer a volumetric skin treatment that can help to fade stretch marks. ScarLet is a revolutionary technology that delivers fractional radiofrequency (RF) directly into the deeper layers of skin, resulting in formation of the body’s own collagen & elastin, which improves saggy skin, wrinkles, acne scars, large pores, and stretch marks. Minimal downtime, no pain, and great safety profile make this treatment very popular with all skin types. The results vary between individuals, but most clients report improvement in quality of skin, brightness, freshness, & fading of stretch marks. As it takes some time for your body to produce collagen, the effects and final results take around three months.

Ready to reduce your stretch marks?

At Avana, all treatments are undertaken by highly experienced and qualified consultants, using the smartest technologies and proven techniques. We’ve been successfully offering our treatments for over 10 years, which is demonstrable proof that our clients appreciate the quality of the service we offer and most importantly, the results we achieve. If you are ready to reduce your stretch marks using our volumetric skin treatment, book a free video consult with us today.

How much time will it take to remove tattoos?

How much time will it take to remove tattoos?

The tattoo removal practice is a complicated treatment, and the time it takes to completely remove a tattoo can be dependent on numerous aspects. Avana Laser tattoo removal can take anyplace from one moment to an hour. The size, color, type, and area of your tattoo will identify how long the removal approach requires. Some tattoos will require more than one session to finish the removal.

Why remove a tattoo?

There are lots of reasons why you might want to remove a tattoo. Here are just some considerations:

  1. Change in personal taste: Your preferences and style may have evolved, and the tattoo no longer reflects your current likes and dislikes.

  2. Job restrictions: Certain professions may have rules against visible tattoos, so removing it could be necessary for better job opportunities.

  3. Relationship changes: If the tattoo represents a past relationship and you’ve ended things, removing it can help you move on and start fresh.

  4. Fading or poor quality: Tattoos that have faded over time or were poorly executed may not look aesthetically pleasing, and removing them can improve their appearance.

  5. Regret or impulsiveness: Sometimes, people get tattoos on a whim or without considering the long-term consequences, and later regret their decision.

  6. Change in symbolic meaning: The tattoo may have held a particular meaning at the time, but as your beliefs or values change, the significance may no longer resonate with you.

  7. Negative associations: Tattoos tied to traumatic events or negative experiences can bring back painful memories, and removing them can help with emotional healing.

  8. Professional advancement: In certain competitive fields, visible tattoos may hinder career growth. Removing them can project a more professional image and enhance opportunities.

  9. Allergic reactions: Some individuals may develop allergies to tattoo ink, causing skin irritations or health issues, necessitating tattoo removal.

  10. Aging and body changes: As the body ages, tattoos can stretch, distort, or fade, leading to a desire for removal to restore the appearance of the skin.

Consulting with a professional tattoo removal specialist is recommended to discuss individual circumstances and available options.

Find out more about our tattoo removal options here.