Melasma Treatment In Newport And Orange County
Melasma is a dark skin discoloration caused by excessive melanin found predominantly in women on sun-exposed areas of the face. It’s a very common skin disorder that can be effectively treated with AMA Skincare’s advanced laser treatments.
Those most affected by this skin disorder are women with medium to darker skin tones. Women experiencing hormonal fluctuations in pregnancy, or while taking contraceptive pills or hormone replacement therapy, have a greater incidence of this condition. The risk is even higher for those over-exposed to sunlight, or whose skin has suffered chronic irritation from external sources such as chemicals, abrasion and even waxing.
Typically, melasma first appears as sunspots or sun damaged skin, and later develops into a more extensive “mask-like” coverage of the skin, with an uneven, brown-toned discoloration found mostly on the cheeks, nose, lips and forehead. See above to view photos of laser-based melasma treatments.
The color of skin affected by melasma will vary depending on the concentration, density and depth of melanin at different locations within the affected area. Accordingly, the most effective melasma treatments often require a combination of different lasers. Fortunately, AMA Skincare has 6 different types of lasers that effectively target virtually all types of skin discolorations.
Effective melasma treatment protocols typically require 4-7 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart. In each case our unique protocols interact with your body’s natural physiological processes regulating melanin content and turnover. Together the synergistic partnership between our science and your physiology achieves the best possible results.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – MELASMA TREATMENT
Q. What is the difference between melasma and age spots? How would I know which I have?
A. Melasma, dark patches of skin on the face, also known as the dreaded “mask of pregnancy”, is usually associated with hormonal shifts in women. Thus in some particularly sensitive woman, it can also arise from starting or stopping the birth control pill, or even changing the brand of birth control pill. For the lucky ones, after they give birth and their hormones return to their normal state, the melasma will fade away. For other, the melasma may persist, and require treatment to go away. Exposure to the sun will typically make the melasma worse.
Sun spots do not have a hormonal component. They are caused by simple over exposure to the sun, over long periods of time. Thus, as we age, and if we are in the sun a lot, we are progressively more likely to get sun spots, also called age spots.
Both melasma and sun spots/age spots can be successfully treated, though melasma is more difficult.
Q. I have hyperpigmentation on my face from acne. My skin is completely smooth other than the red pigmentation marks. Can this laser treat it?
A. The red marks left over from acne are actually not pigmentation but inflammation. Meaning, they are not caused by your skin’s natural pigments (melanin) but rather from vascularization left over from inflammation. The good news: YES, we can easily treat such marks.
Q. I am a biracial man with melasma on each side of my neck and on my left arm from wrist to elbow that appears to be spreading. My dermatologist has given me Tri Luma and I’ve also had chemical peels but nothing has worked. Can this treatment help me?
A. More than likely, our protocols can help. First we need to evaluate your hyper-pigmentation to establish what is likely to have caused it, and to determine if it is “stable” or “unstable”. Often times, as part of our evaluation we will offer “test” treatments with different technologies to see how your skin responds. Once we understand how your skin responds, we can then customized the most effective treatments for your skin to achieve the best possible results.