Condition at a Glance
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches and shows usually on the face, most commonly on the cheeks, forehead, chin, upper lip and bridge of the nose. It can also appear on other areas of the body that get lots of sun, such as the neck. Hormone changes and sun exposure are the most common triggers for melasma. More women are affected than men, and individuals of Latin or Asian ethnicity are also more likely to get melasma. While there is no cure for Melasma, effective treatment options are available.
How Do I Treat This?
The Lutronics Spectra Nd: YAG laser is the gold standard for treatment of pigmentation disorders, including Melasma and in 2012 was specifically approved for the treatment to reduce the appearance of Melasma.
Laser energy targets gently breaks and removes the pigment so that the body’s immune system can naturally remove the pigment particles
What else do I need to know?
Individuals receiving treatment should always wear sunblock if going into the sun and avoid sun exposure which can cause pigmentation to recur. Your consultant can assist you in choosing an effective block that is easy to wear.
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