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Melasma Treatment in Miami, FL

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 cholasma, melasma is a chronic skin condition in which dark patches appear on the face. Melasma is more common with 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.

Each patient’s laser treatment is customized based on factors including skin tone and the extent of the condition. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, we evaluate each patient’s condition before customizing a laser treatment plan. 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.

Am I a Good Candidate for Melasma Treatments?

If you have dark patches on your face that do not seem to disappear over time, you may be a good candidate for melasma treatments. We recommend you schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists to evaluate your skin condition and create a treatment plan to diminish or eliminate the appearance of melasma.

At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, our board-certified dermatologists use laser therapy to treat women living in in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Kendall, FL, and the nearby communities, dealing with melasma. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.