About 6 million Americans get melasma and 90% of sufferers are women. If the dark gray or brown patches that appear on your face are impacting your self-esteem, cosmetologist Alma “Meli” Hill at Highstyle Laser Center can treat them using laser technology to give you a beautifully even skin tone. To find out more about melasma and laser treatment solutions, call the Boston clinic or go online to book your consultation today.
Melasma is a common skin condition appearing as brown or grayish-brown patches of skin on your face, neck, and forearms.
The condition usually shows up as a result of too much sun exposure. Even if you apply and reapply your sunscreen diligently, you’re at risk of getting melasma. You’re at a higher risk of getting melasma if you:
The mechanism in your body that causes melasma patches is unknown, but it likely is a result of your melanocytes, or pigment-making cells, producing too much pigment. This explains why women with darker skin who have more melanocytes get the condition more often.
At Highstyle Laser Center, Meli uses noninvasive laser therapy to reduce the appearance of melasma on your skin. The laser alters your melanocytes’ structure, tricking your immune system into thinking that the extra pigment is an invader.
Immediately after your treatment, your melasma spots may look darker than they did when you arrived. This is completely normal and is a sign that the treatment is working. I
It may take up to a few months to see your results, and Meli may recommend multiple treatments if your case is severe. To maximize your results, be sure to follow all of her instructions for aftercare.
If you’re prone to getting melasma spots, there are a few steps you can take to minimize them and prevent new patches from forming. Meli recommends:
You should also follow these instructions after your laser procedure to see the best possible results. Even though you can’t control your genetic predispositions, pregnancy, or hormone fluctuations, you can limit your sun exposure for a big difference.
Melasma spots, especially the ones on your face, can make you feel less attractive. To counter these spots and find your confidence again, call Highstyle Laser Center or book your consultation for laser treatments online today.