Melasma and Dark Spot Treatments
For many years, the only ways to deal with melasma were caked-on makeup and hope. Today, there are effective treatments that can reduce the appearance of melasma and restore a woman’s self-confidence.
Melasma is a common skin condition that causes dark patches of discoloration on the forehead, cheek area, or upper lip. The patches can be challenging to cover with cosmetics and tend to become darker with sun exposure, heat, and hormonal fluctuations. Often topical skin brighteners or other over-the-counter treatments are not effective enough to work alone. When utilized in conjunction with treatments, they can effectively lessen the appearance of other types of uneven skin tone and sun damage.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation that affects five million people in the U.S. - most of them women. Like most other types of hyperpigmentation, melasma appears as darker patches on the skin and is stimulated by sun exposure, heat, and hormonal fluctuations.
Melasma presents itself in dense patches that tend to appear on both sides of the face. It can appear on the forehead, cheeks, chin, or upper lip, which can give the appearance of a mustache. Melasma also occasionally affects other areas that receive excessive sun exposure, such as the arms and chest.
This hard-to-treat hyperpigmentation is also tied to hormonal changes. Women frequently experience melasma for the first time due to pregnancy hormones, which has afforded the condition the nickname “mask of pregnancy.” In addition, it can be linked to the use of hormonal birth control and other hormonal treatments. It is the link to these hormonal changes that make melasma more challenging to treat than other types of skin damage.
Preventing and Treating Melasma
For different types of hyperpigmentation, good results are often achieved with topical prescription-grade treatments such as specially developed moisturizers and serums that contain vitamin C, kojic acid, hydroquinone, or other ingredients. Unfortunately, these types of treatment have minimal success in decreasing the appearance and occurrence of melasma alone. In conjunction with SPF use and effective light, laser, and chemical treatment modalities, they can help keep melasma to a minimum.
For some patients, melasma disappears after pregnancy or after they cease using hormonal birth control or other hormone treatments. For others, persistent melasma can stay pronounced indefinitely and requires treatment to improve its appearance.
Our caring team of clinicians specializes in non-invasive, little to no downtime melasma treatments that are safe and proven effective.
High-Tech Melasma Treatments
At Blush Aesthetics, we have safe and effective treatments to partner with you to overcome your melasma. BBL™ and Halo™ are revolutionary procedures that are safe and backed by science. We also have the ideal follow-up regimen for melasma patients, including skin care products as well as cosmetics that are easy to manage with a busy lifestyle.
Harness the Power of Light Therapy
If you have heard of Intense Pulse Light or IPL, BBL™ is the next step in this revolutionary technology. BBL™ harnesses the power of light therapy to deliver gentle light pulses to the affected areas of your skin. With that, your body’s natural healing process ignites for skin rejuvenation. BBL™ is safe for all skin types, ethnicities, and areas of the body.
Laser Therapy for Dark Spots
Halo™ is the world’s first Hybrid Fractional Laser. Halo™ delivers both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to target both the upper layers of skin as well as the layers underneath at the cellular level. The result is rapid, painless skin rejuvenation that jump-starts the body’s natural remodeling process. Halo™ is customizable to your needs and goals. Additionally, Halo is also safe for any skin type, ethnicity, and area of the body.
Chemical peel technology for skin has come along and at Blush we are proud to bring you some of the most gentle yet effective chemical peels. In collaboration with Glytone™ and Theraplex our peels can treat multiple skin concerns including melasma. Peels can be a great addition to year-round programs to improve melasma and keep it at bay.
Individual treatments of peels, Halo™ and BBL™ take about 15 - 20 minutes per treatment, although this can differ from patient to patient. This may vary depending upon the treatment area. Multiple treatment modalities are always the most effective solution and treatment plans are customized by our provider, aesthetic team, and product specialists.
These treatments are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. After pregnancy and breastfeeding have ended, melasma may resolve itself on its own, or a woman can then seek laser therapies for persistent patches and uneven skin tone.
Melasma has no cure, but it is a chronic, manageable condition. With the right year-round regimen of treatments, topical maintenance medications, and sun protection it can be reduced significantly.
Halo™ and BBL™ are comfortable procedures that get you right back to your normal routine with little to no downtime. Dr. Erin and her team will consult with you for the ideal follow-up regimen as well, including skincare and cosmetic products.
If you suffer from melasma, you don’t have to choose between self-confidence and safety. See us at Blush Aesthetics to learn how melasma treatments like BBL™ and Halo™ and peels will reveal clear, radiant skin with minimal downtime.