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:
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:
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 the sophisticated Palomar Fractionated Laser system, our own proprietary melasma treatment system and an additional light based technology in the treatment of dark spots associated with melasma.
Melasma is treated by one or multiple treatments, including:
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 general, our office has had a good experience treating melasma. However, every person with melasma must also understand that any treatment done for melasma also has the clear potential to 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.
Typically, 5 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 our topical creams and laser treatments can usually improve the appearance of this condition.
We are often asked “Can I just use the topical creams and solutions from your office?” The answer is yes, however, it is our experience that the cosmetic results are faster using lasers.
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 onlinetoday for a personalized consultation with Dr. Fink.