What is melasma?
If you are like many patients who notice that you are developing tan sometimes brownish or grey patches that are distributed symmetrically on the cheeks, upper lips, or forehead, it’s understandable to be alarmed.
This condition may be melasma, which occurs more commonly in women than in men. These spots can worsen with sun exposure. There are about 5-15% of cases that involve men, however. This may be hereditary, and a family member may have this condition as well.
But don’t worry here at Alpharetta laser hair removal and anti-aging we treat melasma as well as many other skin conditions. Give us a call today to schedule your FREE melasma removal consultation today at 404-253-2663
Why treat melasma?
Living with melasma can cause emotional or social discomfort; however, proper treatment could provide:
- Improved appearance
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Promotion of better skin health
What you need to know
Melasma forms when the melanocytes in the skin produce too much pigment. When this happens, large spots or patches form ranging from tan to brown. Melasma can start on the cheeks, cheekbones, chin, nose, forehead, above the eyebrows, and/or the upper lip.
If you spend a significant time exposed to UV rays from the sun, melasma can appear on the neck and forearms. Melasma affects people with light skin to dark skin and all tones in between. However, melasma is more common in patients that have darker skin and is more common in some familial groups.
Sometimes increased sun exposure combined with increased female hormones can enhance melasma appearing on the skin. Also, heat, dehydrated skin, certain cosmetics, or inflammation can increase the chances of melasma conditions worsening.
Since melasma can last decades, many patients will want to have a treatment plan with that in mind. First, a good sunscreen is part of a good treatment regime, applying daily sunscreen and moisturizers and skincare brighteners. There are many skincare brighteners on the market, but the more common ones are hydroquinone, vitamin C, azelaic acid, tretinoin, and kojic acid.
Here at Alpharetta laser hair removal and anti-aging, we treat melasma with our gentle but high power aerolase laser. With the unique 650-microsecond pulse duration, the melasma is heated and clears quickly. Our laser treatment also penetrates deeply into the dermis, helping to affect both deep and superficial layers of the melanin to clear melasma effectively.
Many patients don’t see improvement with their melasma with skincare regiments alone; that is why we recommend our laser treatment for melasma. We treat all skin types from light tones to dark tones.
Melasma is a delicate condition, and patients often have flares throughout their lifetime. Your practitioner will be there to care for you and your skin throughout your life. Give us a call today to schedule your FREE melasma removal consultation today at 404-253-2663