Melasma Treatment

About Melasma Treatments

Melasma, commonly known as the “mask of pregnancy,” is a skin discoloration found on the cheeks, around the eyes and sometimes on the forehead or above the lip. While it is a condition common in pregnant women and women who take oral contraceptives, 10% of cases are men.

Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes which may make the skin more likely to develop dark patches of pigment when exposed to sunlight.

The daily use of sunscreen not only helps prevent melasma, but its use is also crucial in the prevention of skin cancer.

While Melasma is not dangerous, it can be a concern to those with the condition. At the Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center, we offer several treatment options, including fractional lasers.

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What is melasma?

Melasma, also called “mask of pregnancy” or chloasma, is a common skin disorder recognized by brown pigmentation on the cheeks, around the eyes and sometimes on the neck, forehead or above the lip. Though it can affect anyone, women with brownish skin tones are at the greatest risk.

What causes melasma?

Melasma is often associated with the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. The condition is especially common in pregnant women and women who take oral contraceptives. However, melasma does not occur exclusively in women. Of all melasma cases, approximately 10 percent are men. Exposure to the sun also appears to increase risk.

What treatments are available?

For women, melasma often fades over a period of several months after delivery of a child or discontinuance of oral contraceptives. If it does not fade, melasma may be treated with topical creams, chemical peels, broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunblocks, or laser energy—or simply wearing a widebrimmed hat. A new and effective treatment is now available from Gateway Aesthetic—the Cosmion Iontophoretic Rejuvenating Mask, developed by our own Dr. Mark Taylor. Other treatment options include the Starlux laser, Affirm laser and IPL. Treatment recommendations may vary depending on skin type, tone and condition.

Is melasma dangerous?

While experts believe that melasma poses no health risk, many patients find the associated skin discoloration to be a cosmetic concern.

Can melasma be prevented?

The daily use of sunscreen not only helps prevent melasma, but its use is also crucial in the prevention of skin cancer.

How do I make an appointment?

Give us a call today at (801) 595-1600 to schedule your appointment. We are located at the south end of the Gateway Mall at 440 West 200 South, Suite 250, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101.

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