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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.