Pigmentation or dark patches of skin in the intimate area, whilst often harmless, may make people feel uncomfortable in themselves. DrMedispa now offer the ground breaking Dermamelan de-pigmentation treatment for the genitals.
Darkened patches and hyperpigmentation in the intimate area is troubling for some. The face and intimate regions can suffer with pigmentation more than other parts of the body. Causes for hyperpigmentation of the intimate region can include hormonal triggers during puberty, pregnancy and the menopause – but even tight-fitting clothing and waxing can cause pigmentation in this area.
The genital area has the highest concentration of melanocytes in the body (around 20% higher than in the facial area). Melanocytes cause pigmentation of the skin and this often happens when the skin, especially the face, is subjected to UV rays. However, in the genital area, it is usually a hormonal response which causes hyperpigmentation and this needs to be treated in a different way to treating the skin on the face.
At Dr MediSpa, we are excited to offer a non-invasive treatment for the aesthetic improvement of pigmentation in the intimate region. This treatment is called Dermamelan Intimate, from the same manufacturer of our hugely popular Cosmelan de-pigmentation treatment for the face.
Why is the skin around my private parts dark? How can hormones affect the pigmentation of my skin in the intimate regions?
Intrinsic – hormones
Oestrogen plays a huge role in the production of melanin
Puberty – women start having more oestrogen
Pregnancy – the placenta produces more oestrogen
Menopause – women take HRT – oestrogen containing medications
Melanocytes in the genital area (2400 mm2) are more sensitive to oestrogen stimulation that the melanocytes in the face.
The genital area responds more superior to sex hormones
Diet – we eat more sugars which lead to inflammation and more pigment in high phototypes
Xenoestrogens are chemicals in formulas of all foods that we eat and can interact with oestrogen levels in women
What is Dermamelan Intimate?
Dermamelan Intimate is a one-treatment in-clinic peel system alongside an at home regimen, which can significantly improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation in areas such as the genitoperineal area, the perianal area, mons pubis, inner thighs and the groin. It is non-invasive and gentle-yet-effective.
It can be used on both female and male genital areas.
Dermamelan Intimate is a safe, clinically-proven treatment which far surpasses ‘home private area lightening’ treatments, which are ineffective and in some cases, dangerous to both health and fertility. It is more effective long-term than other vaginal and anal bleaching treatments.
The Dermamelan in-clinic system comprises of 6 steps:
Step 1 – we use mesolips protector prior to the peel. This moisturising balm acts as a transparent barrier for the skin, reducing any discomfort or skin irritation in this delicate region.
Step 2 – application of the Dermamelan Intimate peel (specially formulated acids to act on the skin to lift pigmentation and lighten).
Step 3 – application of the post-peel neutralising spray to re-equilibrate and soothe the skin.
Step 4 – further application of mesolips protector to heal and soothe the skin.
Step 5 – application of an intimate skin mask, a complex of depigmenting encapsulated active ingredients to further act on the melanogenesis process.
Step 6 – application of an occlusive film, to accelerate product penetration and to generate an occlusive effect.
Post treatment protocol (this can be carried out at the clinic or at home)
Step 1 – Wash the area thoroughly.
Step 2 – crystal fibre intimate mask for soothing and hydration.
Step 3 – Dermamelan Intimate home depigmentation gel cream (to be continued at home nightly, until the first review session in-clinic).
Treatment time takes approximately 4 hours in total.
We recommend patients stay at the clinic whilst the treatment develops. Our clinics are discreet and comfortable, and our friendly team will look after you. Patients can also enjoy a facial treatment whilst they wait, as it won’t interfere with the Intimate Peel.
This peel can also be used to treat dark underarms, with a shorter protocol of 2 hours.
Why should I consider a Dermamelan Intimate treatment at DrMediSpa?
The skin tone in the intimate region can be darkened due to several reasons. It could be that you have had some hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or the menopause. However, skin colouration in this region can be affected by other lifestyle activities such as waxing or tight fitting clothing, and can case embarrassment.
If you are concerned about the skin tone in your intimate region, considering a gentle and non-invasive in-clinic treatment such as Dermamelan Intimate could revitalise your confidence, especially if you are noticing your intimate relationships are being compromised by feelings of self-consciousness.
Both women and men can have the treatment at DrMediSpa.
What are the key benefits of Dermamelan Intimate?
Unified skin tone
Both short- and longer-term correction of hyperpigmentation
Improved skin quality and hydration of the intimate area
Prevention of reoccurring dark spots
Am I suitable for a Dermamelan Intimate treatment at Dr MediSpa?
Before any treatment is carried out at Dr MediSpa, we will ask that you attend a consultation with one of our medical practitioners. They will discuss your concerns surrounding pigmentation in your intimate region and may wish to examine the area.
They will also check your medical history, to ensure that there are no contraindications which could prevent or restrict the treatment from going ahead. These may include medical conditions where hyperpigmentation is a symptom, but may not be able to be treated with Dermamelan Intimate. Once both you and your practitioner are satisfied that this treatment will be both safe and suitable for your skin concerns, you can book in for your treatment.
(Other causes of pigmentation of the skin in the intimate regions which needs to be discussed in the pre-treatment consultation)
Addison’s disease and other causes of adrenal insufficiency
Acanthosis nigricans is the hyperpigmentation of the intertriginous areas associated with insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian disease
Diabetes, dysmetabolism (diabetic dermopathy)
Adverse effects of salicylic acid, bleomycin and cisplatin
Hemochromatosis, genetic disorder that causes chronic accumulation of iron
Skin exposure from topical application of mercurial ointments in creams to bleach the skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for an intimate peel?
The treatment area needs to be hair free before treatment. We recommend you shave/wax/laser 72 hours before your appointment.
How long do I need to use the home care cream for?
The homecare cream is to be applied PM only for a minimum of 45 days. It can then be used continuously, to help prevent further pigmentation.
Does it hurt?
Some clients comment that they feel a tingling sensation in the skin after the procedure and for a week afterwards.
How many treatments will I need?
Dermamelan is a one, in-clinic treatment and in most cases the results can be long lasting. However, the process may need to be repeated, if lifestyle elements such as tight fitting clothing or waxing affect the skin once more. The treatment can only be repeated after 9 months of the initial procedure.
What happens after the treatment?
You will need to remain at the clinic, or at least within walking distance for at least 2 hours, whilst the mask is on the skin. If by chance, it moves, you will need one of our practitioner to help adjust it for you. After the mask has been removed, you can return to your daily activities, following the aftercare advice that your practitioner recommends.
You won’t be able to shave for 7 days post treatment, or have waxing/laser in the area for 45 days post treatment.
How long do the results last?
The results can be permanent, however, if you continue to wear tight clothing, have waxing treatments or undergo any hormonal changes, a further treatment might be required. We can only treat again, after 9 months, following your initial treatment.
For more information about Cosmelan Intimate De-pigmentation peel system, or to book your consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.