Melasma, a harmless skin condition that causes dark patches to appear, often occurs as a result of sun exposure or hormonal changes, especially during pregnancy. The experienced physicians at Loucas Dermatology on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City specialize in treating melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation with their customized product line, chemical peels, and laser therapy. If the dark patches of melasma make you look older than you are, or you just want a more even skin tone, call the office or schedule a consultation for melasma treatment using online booking.
Melasma is a common, harmless skin condition that causes darker patches of skin to appear, usually on your face. Many adults get melasma on their forehead, cheeks, nose, or upper lip. You can get it on other parts of your body as well, such as on your arms and neck or any other area that is frequently exposed to the sun.
Melasma occurs when your body overproduces melanin, the pigment in your skin, as a result of hormones or sun exposure. Darker areas of hyperpigmentation appear on your face or other parts of your body.
In addition to sun exposure, women often get melasma as a result of hormonal changes during pregnancy or menopause. In fact, melasma is sometimes called the “mask of pregnancy.” Women who take birth control pills are also at risk of developing melasma and other hyperpigmentations due to hormonal changes.
At first, most people try to prevent melasma by using sunscreen. If you’re outside for long periods of time, be sure to wear sunscreen and a protective hat and clothing. If melasma develops or worsens as you age, the team at Loucas Dermatology offers several treatment options, including:
Your doctor creates a treatment plant for your specific skin care needs that effectively evens your skin tone.
Laser and IPL therapies use light and thermal energy to improve your skin’s tone and texture. The team at Loucas Dermatology offers photofacials, which use intense pulsed light to safely break up areas of melasma without harming the surrounding skin. The light energy penetrates below the surface of your skin to improve hyperpigmentation, resulting in more evenly toned skin.
Chemical peels remove the outermost layers of your skin to reveal a younger, more even skin tone underneath. Your doctor creates a customized solution that typically consists of acids that exfoliate the top layer of your skin. They create a gentle, yet effective formula so you get the results you desire.
As with every treatment plan, the knowledgeable team at Loucas Dermatology customizes it for your skin care needs. If you want to improve the appearance of melasma, call the office or schedule a consultation using online booking today.