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Top Treatments For Melasma

As warmer weather approaches and you spend more time outside, you might notice that freckles, dark spots, or patches of melasma start to appear (or darken). This is very common, as sun exposure typically causes these pigmented areas to worsen. This can be very frustrating for sufferers who feel they have to constantly wear makeup to cover it up. Fortunately, we have effective treatment options for melasma. It takes time, but this type of sun damage can be reversed. Let’s discuss it.

What Causes Melasma?

This pesky skin condition has a variety of contributing factors including hormonal (pregnancy), genetic, environmental (sun exposure), and medication. Many women have no problems with it until they get pregnant, and then large patches suddenly appear. Melasma often lightens in the Winter and gets worse in the Summer, similar to freckles. No matter the cause, we have some treatment options to help.

Dye VL Intense Pulsed Light

This treatment uses laser light energy to target and destroy pigmented cells. The body then repairs the area with new, healthy skin. Over the course of several treatments, melasma can be completely eliminated or drastically improved.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are an excellent way to treat a multitude of skin conditions because they are so easily customizable. We like the Mesopeel® Melanostop peel for hyperpigmentation of all kinds, including melasma. It contains a custom blend of chemical exfoliants that remove dead skin cells and boost cell turnover. After healing, pigmented areas are noticeably improved. We can do a series of peels to maximize results.

Skin Pen Microneedling

A type of collagen induction therapy, microneedling with Skin Pen can treat stubborn melasma by stimulating your body to produce collagen and elastin. Like a chemical peel, we generally perform a series of treatments for best results.

The type of treatment we suggest for you will depend on the severity of your pigmentation and your overall skin condition. We may recommend a combination of treatments that will give you the results you want. To discuss these treatments further, schedule a consultation with us.

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