Melasma (also known as pregnancy mask) is a very common pigmentation disorder. Dark patches of skin gradually develop on the cheeks, forehead, nose and upper lip.
Historically, melasma can be a difficult to treat condition with high rates of recurrence. It is characterized by chronic hyperpigmentation (often symmetrical) on the sun-exposed areas on the face. Melasma affects darker skin types more than lighter ones and affects women much more than men. More than 50 million women worldwide are dealing with Melasma.
Melasma treatment at Westside Laser & Light is tailored to the individual and certain treatments that we perform here are not suitable for all types of melasma or individuals. IPL for example (and other treatments involving heat) can make Melasma worse so please be mindful of this fact.
Depending on your skin type and type of melasma (dermal or epidermal), we may recommend a series of microneedling, laser treatments and chemical peels accompanied by a prescription skin care.
After a successful treatment series for Melasma, your results may be maintained with a sun avoidance and protection, a daily skin care regimen, and chemical peels, microneedling or Q-switched laser treatment every 3 months or so.