Melasma involves the prominent darkening of the skin, usually in localized regions, caused by an increase in melanin production. This increased pigmentation results in blotchy patches that appear medium-brown to a very dark brown. The causes are not completely understood, but likely have to do with hormonal changes, overexposure to the sun, and family genetics. Various treatments are available, although there is no permanent cure for melasma. It’s not a serious medical condition, but most individuals who suffer from it will seek a professional treatment that minimizes the appearance of darkened skin. Here in Lafayette, we offer complete consultation and treatment services for melasma and various other unwanted conditions.
Deciding on the Best Treatment
When we consult with our client, we examine the skin closely and note the actual tone of the hyperpigmentation. We want to determine whether the culprit is actually melasma or if the darkening is being caused by something else. Certain non-malignant growths can cause skin darkening, and so can a number of skin and subdermal infections. If melasma is the cause of the hyperpigmentation, we will recommend one of several treatments. The choice is made based on the extent and severity of the discolorations, as well as the depth of these darkened patches.
Chemical Peel Treatment
We may recommend this treatment if the hyperpigmentation is rather deep. A peel is performed by applying a special solution to the skin. The accelerated growth of new replacement skin generally results in much more even texture and tone.
Laser resurfacing is performed by sending monochromatic light beams into the skin. The epidermal layer is removed by the laser energy, and the lower dermal layers are affected. This accelerates the production of collagen, and it also affects darkened tissues. The body will discard some of these cells, and the result is more evenly toned skin.
Let Us Help You
Our team at The Aesthetic Medicine & Anti-Aging Clinics of Louisiana will design a customized treatment plan based on your actual skin condition. If melasma is getting you down, don’t fret. There’s a viable treatment option for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Lafayette or Baton Rouge!