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How to Treat Melasma

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Melasma is a common skin problem that causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face.”  

Though men and women can both experience melasma, about 90% of melasma cases occur in women. The condition is especially common in pregnant women (sometimes called “the mask of pregnancy”). 

Melasma typically worsens with sun exposure, and can cause a loss in self-confidence for many. 

If you struggle with the signs of melasma on your skin, the experienced team at Renew Aesthetics offers treatments for melasma in Rogers!

What causes melasma?

The exact causes of melasma are not yet entirely clear to the medical community. However, we do know that those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop the condition.

Providers have also observed that UV exposure and heat stimulates melanocytes in the skin. This makes melasma patches appear more prominent, which is why your melasma may get worse in the summer.

Additionally, the fluctuation of hormones caused by pregnancy, taking birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapies can trigger melasma.

How does melasma differ from hyperpigmentation?

Though melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation, its hormonal influences separate it from other hyperpigmentation-causing conditions like post-blemish scarring, freckles, or eczema. 

Melasma commonly appears as blotchy, dark patches on the face, especially on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip. As we mentioned, these patches commonly fluctuate with the seasons and can appear due to hormonal changes.

Some of those who experience hormonal melasma find that the condition can clear up on its own. This occurs after their body adjusts to a new hormonal treatment, or when their hormone levels return to normal range after pregnancy. 

However, some can struggle with the condition for years and require cosmetic treatments at our Rogers office to address it.

Is LaseMD a good treatment for melasma?

To help patients looking to minimize the appearance of their stubborn melasma, we offer treatments with LaseMD

Through innovative, non-ablative laser technology, our LaseMD treatment creates micro-channels in the skin. This breaks up the areas of extra melanin and jumpstarts the body’s natural healing process, encouraging fresh, evenly pigmented skin to come to the surface. 

With adequate SPF protection and a healthy skincare routine, we can reduce or even eliminate the signs of melasma on your skin!

Melasma treatments can also include a regimen of other procedures, too. That’s because melasma can be especially slow to respond to treatment, especially if you’ve had it for a long time. We may integrate anything from IPL photofacials using light therapy to chemical peels and other med spa techniques into your long-term melasma treatment plan!

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What other conditions can you treat with LaseMD?

Patients undergoing treatments with LaseMD enjoy numerous skin-rejuvenating benefits. In addition to addressing and minimizing melasma, we can also treat the following with LaseMD:

  • Acne & acne scarring
  • Dull skin
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Skin texture concerns

Come to Renew Aesthetics for treatments for melasma in Rogers

If you’re ready to treat the signs of melasma on your skin, come see us today!

Renew Aesthetics is a medical spa in Rogers serving patients from Northwest Arkansas, including Springdale, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and beyond. Our goal is to provide customized treatments for each and every patient so they can achieve the best results. Contact us by phone at 479.668.0168, try out an instant consultation, or message us online! 

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