Melasma is a poorly understood skin condition and is far more common in women, especially those of reproductive age. It is often very mild and unnoticeable, but gets exacerbated during the period of hormonal changes like pregnancy or perimenopause.
Commonly affected skin areas are forehead, nose, chin, and upper lip, cheeks and jaw line. Rarely, it can also affect the décolletage area and the back of the arms.
It is more common in darker skin types and is generally more pronounced during the summer months due to increased sun exposure. Unfortunately the exact causes of melasma remains poorly understood, but the discoloration is believed to be due to an increase in the pigment producing cells when exposed to certain triggers.Common known triggers are:
Melasma is a very harmless skin condition but it causes a great deal of cosmetic concern to individuals who suffer from it. It definitely affects self esteem and confidence and leads to somewhat diminished quality of life. It is important to make sure that the appropriate work up was performed to rule out any other potential causes that resemble it. Most commonly after your skin discoloration is determined to be melisma, the standard approach is to give it some time and it will resolve on it’s own.
If you feel like its been too long and you waited enough time, this might be the right time to familiarize yourself with various treatment options available. There is no gold standard treatment that fits all. Each patient is evaluated individually and the treatment options depend on the size, location and the type of melasma.
It uses revolutionary technology that does not utilize any heat, therefore it safely treats all skin types and colors, has virtually no risk of PIH ( post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and carries no downtime.
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