Melasma is a common skin condition that occurs when melanocytes produce too much pigmentation in the skin, resulting in dark, discoloured patches on the skin. The common area affected is the face on the cheeks, forehead and chin, but it can also occur on the arms or other parts of the body.
There are three types of Melasma:
Although the exact cause of Melasma is unknown, doctors and researchers have been able to identify several probable causes. These include:
Because of its characteristic appearance, Melasma can usually be easily diagnosed through a visual skin examination. In some cases, the doctor might perform a biopsy to rule out other serious conditions. This involves removing a tiny portion of the skin for further examination in a laboratory.
Though not harmful, Melasma causes many people to feel self-conscious due to its distinct appearance, often on the face. Melasma can also be a persistent, frustrating and difficult skin disorder that is not easy to get rid of. While there are many different treatment options available for Melasma, it’s important to get the right treatment for you. Every patient’s skin is unique and what works for one person may backfire for another. Here at Dr Aesthetica, we offer a comprehensive treatment approach that is hyper customised to an individual so as to lead to a successful outcome.
While it’s possible that your Melasma will go away on its own within a few months, in some cases, a doctor’s intervention may be necessary. When you come to us, we will carry out a complete check-up of your medical history. The goal is to identify the most probable causes of your Melasma. This is the first step to treating Melasma—identifying and possibly eliminating the lead triggers. We will also recommend the appropriate topical treatments, ranging from in-office treatments such as Chemical Peels and home-based care regimens using our medical-grade skincare products from AlumierMD.
It’s always advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible when you see signs of Melasma. The worse it gets, the harder it will be for treatments to work.
That being said, it’s vital that you select a reputable and experienced practitioner who can provide a comprehensive treatment plan. The right doctor should be able to address your concerns or answer all your queries confidently. At Dr Aesthetica, all our practitioners are well trained and experienced in Melasma treatment plus many other skincare and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Melasma is a common and harmless skin problem, but it can be bothersome to get rid of. But you don’t have to just “live with it.” There are treatment options. There are preventative measures you can take. Wondering where to start? Talk to us today!