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).
Facial discoloration can be resolved at Avalon Laser.
Pigmentation disorders of the face can make you feel self-consciousness, despite excellent facial structure and lovely features. Using the most advanced non-invasive procedures available today, Dr. Tirgari can painlessly improve skin tone, elasticity and texture, enhancing your natural beauty and restoring self-confidence.
Treating melasma with modern aesthetic technology
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 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.
Melasma and melanin
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 619-494-3944 to schedule a free skincare 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 experienced during pregnancy, and from non-natural causes such as birth control and other prescription medications. Women who undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are also at a greater risk of developing 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.
Fractional skin resurfacing for superior results.
Using 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 restore skin elasticity and changes in texture. The system 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, with careful protection during treatment, and attention to keeping the eyes safe.