According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “melasma is a common skin problem [that] causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face.”
Though men and women can both experience melasma, about 90% of melasma cases occur in women, with the condition being especially common in pregnant women (sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy”).
Melasma is typically worsened with sun exposure, and can cause a loss in self-confidence for many.
If you are struggling with the signs of melasma on your skin, the experienced team at Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa offers melasma treatments in Southlake with the Halo® laser!
The exact causes of melasma are not yet entirely clear to the medical community, though it is known that those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop the condition.
It has also been observed that UV exposure and heat stimulates melanocytes in the skin and makes melasma patches appear more prominent, which is why your melasma may get worse in the summertime.
Additionally, the fluctuation of hormones caused by pregnancy, taking birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapies can trigger melasma.
Though melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation, its hormonal influences are what separates it from other hyperpigmentation-causing conditions like post-blemish scarring, freckles, or eczema.
Melasma commonly appears as blotchy, dark patches on the face, especially on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip. As we mentioned, these patches commonly fluctuate with the seasons and can appear due to hormonal changes.
Some of those who experience hormonal melasma find that the condition can clear up on its own after their body adjusts to a new hormonal treatment, or when their hormone levels return to normal range after pregnancy.
However, some can struggle with the condition for years and require cosmetic treatments at our Rochester office to address it.
To help our patients who want to minimize the appearance of their stubborn melasma, we offer treatments with the Halo laser.
Our Halo laser device by Sciton is the world’s first hybrid fractional laser, meaning that it combines two different wavelengths that allows us to customize the treatment exactly to our patients and their unique needs.
The advanced hybrid fractional technology offered by Halo enables us to effectively target and break apart the melanin in skin that causes the unsightly melasma patches. With adequate SPF protection and a healthy skincare routine, we can reduce or even eliminate the signs of melasma on your skin!
Melasma treatments can also include a regimen of other procedures, too. That’s because melasma can be especially slow to respond to treatment, especially if you’ve had it for a long time. We may integrate anything from photofacials using light therapy to microdermabrasion and other med spa techniques into your long-term melasma treatment plan!
Is a BBL or Halo laser treatment right for you?
Patients who undergo treatments with our Halo laser in Southlake enjoy numerous skin-rejuvenating benefits. In addition to addressing and minimizing melasma, we can also treat the following with our Halo laser in Southlake:
It is important to know that you have options for addressing your most pressing skin concerns.
At Southlake Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we are proud to be the premier medical aesthetic clinic in Southlake, helping patients look and feel their best.
If you are ready to begin melasma treatments, use our online virtual consultation tool to learn more about all our treatments that address your concerns, or request an appointment today.
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