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Melasma Treatment Westchester, Treat Dark Spots

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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 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.  

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

Melasma is treated by one or multiple treatments, including:

  • Microdermabrasion - Medical microdermabrasion clears away excess pigment by increasing blood flow to the blood vessels. A soft scrub made of very fine crystals is softly vacuumed across the face with very light pressure. This allows an increased production of fresh skin cells while diminishing unwanted pigmentation that causes melasma.  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. Lasers that are too harsh can actually worsen melasma; however, our system takes a less aggressive approach. Unlike traditional lasers, the Palomar system targets smaller areas, leaving surrounding tissues unaffected, ultimately speeding up healing time, promoting collagen, and helping the body to remove the unsightly pigment. Often, this treatment is combined with additional light sources in order to maximize the response rate.   There is essentially 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 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.

What can I expect during laser melasma treatment in Westchester?

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.

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 onlinetoday for a personalized consultation with Dr. Fink.