How To Remove Melasma
Melasma is characterized by dark brown or gray-brown patches that appear on the nose, chin, cheeks, or forehead. Melasma affects more women than men and can be caused by excessive sun exposure, oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy. It is often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” since it can be triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy. If your melasma persists or the dark spots cause you to feel self-conscious, it may be time to talk to us about your treatment options.
Traditional Treatments for Melasma
Some cases of melasma resolve on their own. This most often occurs when the condition is related to pregnancy or the use of birth control pills. Traditional treatments for persistent melasma involve using creams and topical steroids to lighten the skin, which can take months to provide results. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and dermabrasion may help improve the appearance of dark spots to a certain extent by removing the top layers of skin to make the melasma patches appear lighter. These procedures may not completely remove the dark patches, and there is still a chance that the melasma will recur.
The Halo Alternative for Melasma
Fresh Image Cosmetic Surgery Center is proud to offer the Halo laser for the treatment of melasma. Halo combines epidermal renewal with deep dermal rejuvenation to remove damaged skin and dark spots and restore your naturally beautiful glow. The Halo laser can be precisely targeted to the correct depth, which represents a significant advancement over other lasers that tend to be either too deep or too shallow to be effective. The treatment is quick, simple, and can be used for patients of all ages. The Halo treatment can be customized to your needs and skin type and requires only minimal downtime. In fact, most patients are able to wear makeup the day after the procedure.
Tips for Coping with Melasma
To ensure that you maintain your even skin tone following treatment, we recommend the following tips:
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to minimize sun exposure.
- Use skin care products designed for sensitive skin to avoid irritating the skin.
- Avoid waxing to keep your skin from becoming inflamed.
Contact Fresh Image Cosmetic Surgery Center for more information about how Halo laser therapy can improve the appearance of your skin or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.