Using the most advanced laser treatments, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, effectively treats men and women living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Kendall, FL, along with the neighboring cities, suffering from melasma to restore an even-toned and glowing complexion.
WHAT IS MELASMA?
Also called chloasma, melasma is a chronic skin condition in which dark patches appear on the face. Melasma is more common among women and seems to appear more often during pregnancy. Other factors that are thought to be triggers are overexposure to the sun, heredity and hormones.
HOW IS MELASMA TREATED?
There are several methods that effectively treat melasma, including topical prescription medications, laser and light treatments and chemical peels. It is common to use a combination of treatments to achieve the best results.
WHAT DOES MELASMA TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Melasma is a difficult skin condition to treat as it can reappear at any point. Laser therapy is the most effective method to diminish and eliminate the dark patches associated with melasma. Using a handheld laser device, light energy is directed at the targeted areas and absorbed by the skin. The light energy breaks up the pigment, diminishing and even erasing the appearance of melasma.
Due to the fact that we prioritize the welfare and safety of each patient who comes through our doors, every laser treatment is customized based on factors including skin tone and the extent of the condition. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, we carefully evaluate each patient’s condition before thoughtfully customizing a laser treatment plan that is best suited for their needs. It is common for our dermatologists to use a combination of laser treatments to get the best results. Each treatment typically takes about an hour and is not painful.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MELASMA TREATMENTS?
Treating melasma requires great care in the approach, as too much treatment may exacerbate the condition. Laser treatments typically result in mild redness and tingling that takes a few days to subside. It is important to keep the skin clean and moisturized with a quality skin care regimen. Additionally, because it can return, melasma is more about prevention than treatment. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure to the face along with using a daily moisturizer with SPF 30.
Rest assured, we will thoroughly discuss the details of your treatment, including post-treatment instructions and protocols before you begin so that you will feel confident in what to expect. Our team maintains the highest standards of medical ethics and is committed to attending to your needs from day one.