It is likely that if you are reading this, you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from a skin condition known as melasma. Melasma is a pigmentation disorder in which the skin darkens to a brown, or almost grey color. Melasma affects the skin of the face and is found almost exclusively in women, although it does affect a small percentage of men as well (roughly 10% of melasma patients are male). Melasma is most common among women who have become pregnant, who are between the ages of 20 and 50. Melasma affects a disproportionately high number of dark skinned women from Asian and Hispanic ethnicity.
Because melasma is directly related to the melanin production in the skin, exposure to the sun causes affected areas to darken and become more pronounced. Obviously, this is a daily risk for patients living in sunny Southern California. If you're unhappy with your complexion due to melasma or another skin issue, please call 800-896-1138 to schedule a free skin care consultation with Avalon Laser today.
What Causes Melasma?
The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but research indicates that it may be related to hormonal changes sustained during pregnancy, and from non-natural causes such as birth control and other prescription medication. Women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are also at a greater risk for melasma.
While physicians have not identified any significant means to prevent the condition, there are factors that indicate that certain individuals may be at a higher risk. It is clear that there are genetic factors at play and if a female member of your family has melasma, you are far more likely to develop symptoms as well.
Melasma Treatment in San Diego
While you may feel that you are alone in your condition, there are an estimated 6 million individuals in the US suffering from melasma. You are definitely not alone, and the condition is not contagious or harmful.
While a number of prescription medications do exist, they are often strong drugs that can cause additional problems and are hard on the body, especially in women who have been or are currently undergoing HRT or who have recently had a child. A far safer option is laser therapy that can easily and painlessly be performed to eliminate the visual signs.
Using the same lasers used for skin blemish therapy, fractional skin resurfacing treatment, Dr. Tirgari can promote the skin and melanin to heal and repair itself, create a more even and natural skin tone, and even restore skin elasticity and changes in texture. The machine used at Avalon Laser uses pulsed laser energy to treat the tissues below the skin’s surface and target irregular pigmentation first. The treatment can be safely administered to the face, when careful protection is used and attention is paid to keeping the eyes safe.
Visit Dr. Tirgari for a free consultation to learn what laser treatments can do to address your symptoms today and stop feeling embarrassed or ashamed of your skin. Dr. Tirgari has years of experience treating melasma and other forms of skin discoloration. Contact us online or call 800-896-1138 today to schedule an appointment at our office in San Diego or Carlsbad.