EXPOSE A NATURALLY, BRIGHTER SKIN
Melasma is a common skin condition that appears in the form of dark, discolored skin patches on different parts of the body, but especially on the face. Often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy,” this issue most commonly appears among pregnant women. However, both men and women can get melasma skin along with the symptoms that come with it. The good news is that addressing this condition doesn’t have to involve invasive surgery or long periods of bed rest afterward.
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we happily provide our patients with effective, minimally-invasive skin treatments to help them feel beautiful again. If you’re struggling with uneven skin texture and hyperpigmentation issues, we’re here to give you the treatment and support you need.
CAUSES OF MELASMA
Melasma is a common pigmentation disorder of the skin that causes patches of brown spots to appear on the face. This hyperpigmentation is commonly seen on the upper cheeks, forehead, upper lip and chin, and can appear darker or lighter at various times of the year.
Melasma is most common in women of reproductive age, particularly during pregnancy or those with darker skin. The leading causes of melasma are chronic sun exposure, hormonal fluctuations, and genetic predisposition. Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also trigger the condition.
WHY DOES MELASMA OCCUR ?
Most pigmentation issues like melasma caused by the production of overactive cells. Often, melanin clumping and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure tend to be the usual suspects. While the cause of this issue is known, how melasma begins and how hard it can strike is difficult to determine prior to the appearance of symptoms. The dark spots typical of this condition may show up very slowly or appear suddenly and without warning. Their unpredictable nature means that we can’t control when they strike. However, we can offer effective treatment for symptoms that are already present.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
The most common signs and symptoms related to this issue are dark spots can the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin. These spots can sometimes become irritated and cause a great deal of discomfort. Melasma can also result in the appearance of discolored, symmetrical patches, especially when found on the face.
Treating the symptoms related to this issue involves a thorough analysis of your skin conducted by a medical professional. At Rejuvenus Clinic, our team can give you a thorough assessment and determine the best method of addressing this issue.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, melasma treatment may involve a combination of these non-invasive cosmetic treatments and medical-grade skincare. At Rejuvenus Clinic. some of our melasma treatment options include:
MEDICAL GRADE SKINCARE - If you have melasma as well as other skin conditions, your doctor will recommend using medical-grade skincare products that offer a special formulation for your specific skin type with prescription-strength hydroquinone to lighten the hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone is the first treatment option for hormonal melasma and is an active ingredient in medical-grade skincare creams, lotions, and gels. Topical retinol and retinoid treatment may also be prescribed to encourage the skin cells turnover process.
CHEMICAL PEELS - Chemical peels are used as the second-line of treatment for melasma. A light, superficial peel like a glycolic chemical peel may be used to encourage gentle skin exfoliation to lighten the blemishes and hyperpigmentation without irritating the skin. However, chemical peels are not recommended for dermal melasma due to the risk of developing scars and post-inflammatory dyschromia.
LASER TREATMENTS - Factional laser technology to address skin issues like hyperpigmentation in melasma, fine lines and wrinkles, and other notable skin concerns. The laser energy creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of skin, replacing damaged skin with healthy, younger-looking tissue. It’s a versatile melasma treatment option that can be used on different parts of the body like the face, neck, arms, chest, and back of the hands. This revolutionary skincare technologynon-ablative (1470nm) and ablative (2940nm) wavelengths to deliver deep dermal rejuvenation and epidermal renewal, which no other treatment can offer. It boasts intelligent energy delivery that guarantees precision, safety, and consistent results in addressing a wide range of skin conditions, including melasma and sun damage.
Laser skin resurfacing has been established as an effective treatment strategy for melasma. It involves using either ablative or non-ablative laser technology to target melanocytes, the pigment cell in the skin.
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we tackle this condition and other similar skin conditions using a comprehensive treatment approach. When you visit our center, we will take the time to examine your skin care needs and determine the best approach to treatment. To find-out which treatment could be right for you, book an appointment today.
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we are dedicated to delivering the best service to our patients.
Here is a list of our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions or concerns, our experts will provide you will all the information you need.
I Noticed A Lot Of Brown Spots And Patchiness On My Face During My Pregnancy. It Lightened A Bit In The Winter, But Now It Is Back. Is This Melasma?
It is quite possible that you have melasma. Hormonal fluctuations such as those experienced during pregnancy are a leading cause of melasma. Although the pigment may lighten in the absence of sun exposure, it typically reappears and can be extremely difficult to treat.
What Can I Do To Prevent Melasma?
If melasma runs in your family and you believe you are at risk, diligent sun protection is your best defense. A mineral-based sunscreen with zinc oxide (SPF 30 or higher) is essential, even in winter, along with hats and cover-ups when you know you will be outside for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, even the slightest bit of unprotected sun exposure can trigger or re-trigger melasma.
I Had Laser Treatment For My Melasma, And It Made It Worse. What Is My Best Treatment Option?
While some lasers are suitable for treating melasma, others are not. Certain resurfacing lasers can be beneficial, and best results will occur when combined with targeted prescription-strength skincare at home.
What Results Can I Expect?
Melasma is a persistent and stubborn skin condition that takes time to treat. After a chemical peel or laser skin treatment for melasma, it’s normal to see your skin in the treated area peel for 7 to 14 days. Once the skin has completely healed, you’ll see that the blemishes have become lighter and less noticeable in appearance. Results may vary depending on the aggressiveness of your melasma treatment. If you have melasma, you must make it a non-negotiable habit to protect your skin from the sun at all times. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 50 every day, no matter the weather, even if you are staying indoors.
Can Melasma Be Cured?
Unfortunately there is no cure for melasma, however pigment can be virtually eliminated and the complexion restored through proper treatment and diligence. Patient compliance and strict sun protection is absolutely necessary to prevent pigment from recurring.
How Long Do Treatment Results Last?
Melasma treatment is a continuous process that requires a lot of patience and strict compliance from the client. This skin condition has a reputation for being slow to respond to treatment, especially if it has been present for a long time. Laser skin resurfacing techniques can achieve significant improvements in correcting hyperpigmentation and overall skin quality. However, there’s still a high risk for relapse, you come back for a follow-up treatment after several months to a year for maintenance. Practicing proper sun protection measures plays a pivotal role in preserving the results of your melasma treatments.