Melasma is a condition, more commonly seen in females, where brown pigmented patches appear on the face. Typically, it is symmetrical, most often involving the forehead, cheeks and upper lip, and it can be associated with the hormonal changes of pregnancy and the oral contraceptive.
The condition is purely cosmetic, meaning there is no medical implication or affect to your health, as a result of developing melasma.
However, as it can be quite striking in its appearance, treating melasma for cosmetic reasons is often desirable.
Melasma can be resistant to treatment and, therefore, the goal of treatment is improvement rather than eradication.
At Neutral Bay Laser & Dermatology Clinic, we offer a range of options which may be useful in the management of melasma, including :
- bleaching creams
- micropigment treatments
- Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
- Fraxel Dual laser
The most important factor in the development of melasma is exposure to sunlight. Therefore, we recommend sun protection whenever you are in the sun, and in particular, if you have a history of melasma, strict sun protection, through the use of high SPF sunscreen and other sun protection measures, should always be practiced.