Melasma is a condition where brown patches of darker skin appear. This condition is incredibly common, as an estimated six million Americans have it.
This condition can be considered just as harmless as wrinkles, but it can be significantly more difficult to treat.
Dermatologists cite the way that melasma develops within the deeper layers of the skin as the primary challenge in treating it.
The good news is that laser technology can help treat melasma by significantly reducing or even removing its appearance.
Also, laser technology offers a safe way to make this skin condition less of an eyesore on your otherwise beautiful skin.
Melasma is commonly associated with pregnancy, sun exposure and photodamage. It tends to appear gradually, but sudden developments of do occur.
While the direct causes of melasma are still to be understood, what happens when this potentially disfiguring condition triggers is clear: an increased amount of melanin is produced within the skin.
This pigmentation results in everything from small dots to large blotches of brown skin that can cover a significant portion of a person’s skin.
This condition is difficult to treat due to the way the melanin resides within the deeper layers of the skin.
Treating Melasma Without a Scalpel
Surgical methods of removing melasma have traditionally been viewed as cumbersome and painful to patients. They can produce more problems than the condition itself.
Dermatological care providers stumbled upon how lasers can break down certain pigments underneath the skin.
These lights pass harmlessly through the skin before transforming into heat that breaks down unwanted particles.
The energy can break down melanin in the skin without affecting other cells in the body.
This can allow the body to absorb the excess melanin, which in turn results in a gradual normalization of the skin.
Given the ease of laser treatments for melasma, this treatment does represent a way for people to cope with this alarming dermatological condition.
It can dramatically reduce how much melasma affects your appearance.
What are the Side Effects?
Laser toning treatments for melasma can be considered incredibly safe. The most common side effect is temporary redness.
Minimize Your Melasma Today
Melasma can be a disfiguring skin condition that can make everyday life difficult. It can make you self-conscious of yourself, which in turn adds unneeded stress.
Contact Metro Dermatology today to schedule a consultation appointment. We can work with you to determine the best way to treat your melasma.