What is Melasma?
Melasma is a common skin condition in which brown patches appear on the skin. Patches can appear on your forehead, upper lip, bridge of your nose or cheeks. Some people can also have involvement of the neck and forearms.
• Sun exposure: the UV light from sun stimulates the pigment producing cells. Good suncare is an important part of managing melasma.
• Hormones: Melasma often appears or gets worse during pregnancy, and with birth control pills and hormone replacement.
• Irritation: inflammation and irritation from cosmetics or procedures can worsen melasma.
• Topical treatment: Various creams such as hydroquinone, retinoids, kojic acid and others may help lighten melasma.
• Chemical peels: can be used to exfoliate the skin in order to reduce pigmentation. Typically a series of mild peels are best for patients with melasma.
• Microdermabrasion: can be used to exfoliate skin, thereby reducing pigmentation. Generally a series of treatment are recommended.
• Lasers: Various lasers and IPL have been used to treat melasma. Sometimes a combination of lasers can be useful. It’s important not to over treat, as too intense a treatment can cause increase pigmentation, generally on a temporary basis.
• It is very important to protect your skin from the sun everyday in order to minimize the risk of melasma from returning. We offer a complimentary consultation with our aestheticians to assist you with getting on an optimal sun care regimen.
Fotofacial and other similar devices use millisecond pulse durations that only purge excess pigment, leaving the melanocyte unaltered to continue to produce excess pigment. Only nanosecond pulses can alter the melanocyte to reduce or correct pigment production to normal or near normal levels.
Call us today at (512) 402-6694 to set up a consultation to discuss your treatment options.