Melasma Treatment

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes brown or gray-brown patches to develop on the face, particularly on the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, and upper lip. It can also occur on other sun-exposed areas of the body. Melasma is more common in women than in men and is often associated with hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or the use of birth control pills. However, it can affect anyone.

Melasma treatment involves various approaches to reduce the appearance of dark, irregular patches on the skin, typically on the face.

Who is a Good Candidate for Melasma Treatment?

Good candidates for melasma treatment typically include individuals:

  • Skin concerns such as dark spots/ splotches, skin discoloration, & pigmentation
  • Age spots, referred to as “liver spots”
  • Realistic goals and expectations
  • Are committed to long-term maintenance
  • Good overall health

How Does Melasma Treatment Work?

Melasma treatment works by targeting the excess pigment (melanin) in the skin that causes dark patches. Hydroquinone, tretinoin, and corticosteroids are common chemicals included in topical treatments that lighten skin. Melanin is targeted or exfoliated by chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy, which results in more uniform skin tone. To stop further pigmentation, sun protection is essential. The severity of the melasma and the unique features of each patient's skin will determine the best course of action; greater outcomes may come from combining several treatment approaches. Excellent results require persistence and regular follow-up treatment.

The Melasma Treatment Procedure

The melasma treatment procedure typically involves a consultation with our medical professional to assess the condition.

Depending on its severity, treatment may include topical creams, chemical peels, or laser therapy.

Patients follow a prescribed regimen, which often includes sun protection measures. Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

Post-Care Treatment

Post-care treatment for melasma is crucial to maintain and enhance the results of melasma treatment. This includes:

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Common Questions

Melasma can be managed, and its appearance improved, but it may not be completely cured. Maintenance is often required to prevent recurrence.

Treatment options include topical creams, chemical peels, laser therapy, and sun protection. Our medical professional will recommend the most suitable approach.

Results vary, but it can take several weeks to months for noticeable improvements.

Treatments for hyperpigmentation and melasma are relatively safe, but with any cosmetic treatment there are potential risks. Some of the risks and side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Redness of the skin
  • Slight swelling
  • Skin sensitivity
  • More hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation

Melasma Treatment Recap

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Treatment Length

30 Minutes

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How Long Does Melasma Treatment Last?

3-12 Months

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Each individual’s treatment, results and/or discomfort level may vary based upon the circumstances, the patients’ specific situation, as well as the service provider’s judgment and only after further discussion of the patient’s specific situation, goals, risks and benefits and other relevant information. Results cannot be guaranteed.