Melasma is characterized by brown (or hyperpigmented) patches that usually appear on the face. This skin condition is more common on women and is usually associated with hormonal changes. It is commonly seen in women who are pregnant, taking oral contraceptives or going through hormone replacement therapy during menopause. The dark discoloration that appears on the cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip is usually symmetrical on both sides. Women who develop melasma during pregnancy often see it start to fade once the baby is delivered. Melasma will also usually fade when birth control or HRT is no longer being taken but may return if the medications are started again. Sun avoidance and daily use of a good sunscreen is extremely important for prevention of melasma.
If you have persistent darkening or brown pigment on the face and would like to discuss options for treatment, call Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa. If you have not been diagnosed with melasma, you can call Gardner Dermatology at (770) 952-2100 to schedule a dermatology appointment. If you have melasma and would like a free consultation to discuss cosmetic treatments or skin care products to treat discoloration associated with melasma, call (770) 952-1977 for a free consultation with one of our licensed aestheticians in our medical spa.
Treatment options may include:
- Topical fading prescriptions or creams
- Chemical peels
- Sublative rejuvenation
- Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing
- Facial treatments
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient and there is no guarantee of specific results.