Cosmelan Peel

Cosmelan is a highly regarded chemical peel brought to The Marr Clinic by the leading cosmetic brand Mesoestetic. With over 1 million treatments performed globally, it is proven to be a safe and effective method of reducing and maintaining hyperpigmentation caused by ageing, acne, sun exposure and hormonal influence.

Cosmelan Treatment

Cosmelan is indicated for the treatment of hyper-pigmented lesions including:

  • Melasma
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Solar lentigines and ages spots
  • Freckles
  • Mottled dyschromia
  • Cosmelan is safe for use in all skin phototypes from very fair to very dark (Fitzpatrick I-VI)

The Process

Consultation: 45 mins for new patient, 15 mins for existing
Procedure: 15 mins
Recovery: mild-moderate redness post treatment. Some visible peeling and dryness associated with Jessner and TCA peels lasting 3-7 days
Duration of results: results can be maintained with the use of daily sunscreen and prescribed skincare
Cost: Total cost to patient: $1600

Treatment Areas

Facial Lines & Wrinkles Treatment Areas

Cosmelan is Employed in a 2 Step Protocol

*Please be aware that Cosmelan 1 is a TGA-approved treatment for the face ONLY. Phase 2 homecare can be used anywhere on the body

Phase I

The first phase is the application of an in-clinic peel which remains on the skin for 8-12 hours. The prolonged exposure to peeling agents leads to rapid desquamation of the upper layers of the skin. Over a period of 5-14 days, moderate peeling will renew the skin's superficial layers to reveal a clearer, brighter, more even complexion.

Phase II

The second phase of the treatment protocol is arguably the most important. This involves consistently applying prescribed topicals to continue cell renewal and reduce melanocytic activity in the skin. To fully appreciate the significance of this phase, patients must first have an understanding of the way in which pigment is produced and distributed in the skin.

Successful completion of Phase I and II will significantly reduce visible pigment at the skin's surface and will deter the formation of melanin and the distribution of melanosomes in the basal layer of the skin.

*Results will be seen in as little as two weeks with full effect evident at 8-12 weeks.

How Long Does It Last?

Cosmelan is designed to reduce up to 90% of visible pigmentation over a single protocol period. This is a 3-6 month treatment window inclusive of both the in-clinic procedure and the continued application of topicals.

The longevity of results is dependent upon lifestyle factors including smoking and sun exposure, as well as compliance with Cosmelan Phase 2 homecare.

Best results are achieved in conjunction with an active skincare routine and strict SPF adherence.

Patients who strive to maintain results will often see reduced pigmentation for years post-treatment. Others with persistent pigmentation may need treatment every 1-2 years.

What Is The Downtime?

Patients may experience any of the following:

  • Mild – moderate swelling for up to 72 hours
  • Mild to significant peeling for 5-14 days post-Cosmelan I
  • Product, temperature and touch sensitivity lasting 1-2 weeks
  • Mild erythema (redness) lasting up to 1-month post in clinic peel

During Cosmelan phase 2 patients may experience:

  • Product sensitivity
  • Mild to moderate flaking of the skin during the entirety of the treatment protocol


1. In-clinic application of Cosmelan Phase I

2. 3-month skincare supply to complete Cosmelan Phase II including:

  • Hydracream Fusion (Cleanser)
  • Hydratonic Mist (Hydrating Spritz)
  • Hydravital Mask (Hydrating Mask)
  • Hydravital Factor K (Moisturiser)
  • Melan Recovery (Repair Balm)
  • Cosmelan II (Depigmenting Agent)
  • Mesoprotech Melan 130 (Spf 50+)

3. A package of LED light therapy treatments to reduce inflammation and promote a rapid recovery.

Total cost to patient $1600

Not Suitable For

  • Active or recurring acne (It is best to treat acne before beginning a process of scar revision otherwise results cannot be maintained)
  • Sunburn or unprotected sun exposure in the treated area
  • Recent roaccutane use (past 6 months)
  • History of keloid or hypertrophic scarring
  • Immune compromise or delayed healing (uncontrolled autoimmune disease and diabetes)
  • Active skin infections including cold sores
  • Allergies to salicylates including Aspirin
  • Rosacea (severe or unmanaged)
  • Vitiligo
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Recent topical or injectable skin treatments (please seek advice from your practitioner for appropriate treatment intervals before proceeding)


Dr May Marr Cosmetic Physician Lennox Head


Dr May Marr is a Flinders University Medical School graduate and a member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has a long-held interest in aesthetic medical procedures and evidence-based skin care. She holds a passionate belief that people should have access to procedures and products that are research-backed, ethically prescribed and skilfully delivered.

Dr Marr has trained with Dr Jacque Le Coz at the Institute of Mesotherapy in Paris. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Dermatology from the Australian Institute of Dermatology and in 2020 completed her Dermatology Fellowship.

The ethical, educational and procedural standards that Dr Marr brings to aesthetic medicine have been recognised by some of the largest aesthetic companies in the world. She holds advanced injector status and her extensive clinical experience sees her regularly called upon as an industry educator.