Melasma Treatment
41 South Bedford Road Mount Kisco, New York 10549914.393.4127Dr. Josh Fink

Melasma Treatment Westchester, Treat Dark Spots

|Melasma Treatment|

Do you struggle with dark spots on your skin? When your skin carries heavy dark spots and uneven skin pigmentation, you may be struggling with a condition known as melasma. More common in women, melasma is hard to hide and is commonly aggravated by the sun and certain medications, including birth control. Many people suffer from melasma for years before seeking a more permanent fading agent. Melasma can occur from:

  • Sun exposure
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Hormone treatments
  • Genetics

When melanin overproduces, dark spots form on the surface of the skin, and in more extreme cases, below the surface of the skin. Melasma is categorized into three categories, known as:

  • Epidermal Melasma: dark brown spots on the epidermis (top layer of the skin).
  • Dermal Melasma: light brown or bluish spots on the dermis (under layer of the skin).
  • Mixed Melasma: spots appear bluish, dark or light brown, and both the epidermis and dermis are affected.

While topical creams certainly have their role in the treatment of melasma, more advanced treatments may be needed to noticeably diminish the dark spots. At the office of josh Fink MD, we combine multiple modalities for the melasma patient. However, it should be clear that in some people, any treatment may not work or may or may not be associated with a worsening of the melasma. 

What are my options when it comes to melasma treatment in Westchester?

Melasma is treated by one or multiple treatments, including:

  • Hydrafacial:  This may be a minor component of the treatment arm.
  • Fractional Laser Treatment - The Palomar Fractionated Laser is gentle enough to break up pigment beneath and atop the skin. Any Laser may be too harsh and can actually worsen melasma. We take a gradual and gentle approach. ;Often, this treatment is combined with additional light sources in order to maximize the response rate.   There is usually  no downtime with this approach. You can go to work the same day and exercise without restrictions. 
  • Additional Light Based Therapies – Our office may use additional light based therapies in the treatment of your melasma. These may be combined with the “non-ablative” fractionated laser systems at the same time.
  • Skin Preparation – Our office uses a very “easy to use” proprietary system of skin conditioning that will be started by the patient at least 2 weeks before beginning laser treatment, and often is continued by the patient for at least 6 months. 

Melasma treatment at our Westchester office requires several sessions to meet optimal results. It is vital that every person with melasma understand that this condition is chronic, and it may require several “maintenance” approaches to help maintain the best cosmetic outcome. In addiiton, keep in mind that any approach used may or may not work, or in some cases, could actually make the melasma worse. Despite our best efforts, some melasma sufferers may not respond to the therapies. Josh Fink MD will be glad to meet with you and discuss which treatment, or the variety of treatments that are right for you.

What can I expect during laser melasma treatment in Westchester?

Typically, several sessions are needed to achieve maximal results, but it should be emphasized that melasma is a chronic condition that can come back. Often, a maintenance package is needed. Melasma rarely “disappears” but it can be controlled. A combination of topical creams and laser treatments may  improve the appearance of this condition.

How can I find out more about melasma treatment?

Dr. Fink and our staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss melasma treatment. Contact our Westchester office at 914-393-4127, or request your appointment online today for a personalized consultation with Dr. Fink.