Brown or greyish spots and patches in appearance, Melasma (or Chloasma) is a skin concern primarily found in adult women between the ages of 20 and 40. It can affect men as well, and is usually more pronounced in the summer months. It is not contagious or a disease, but it can be unpleasant and upsetting type of pigmentation for the sufferer.
Melasma can occur on various areas of the body, especially on visible areas like the cheeks, nose and forehead. It can also be triggered by hormonal imbalances, hence why those who are pregnant, on the contraceptive pill or who are diagnosed with polycystic ovaries (POCS) are more prone to this type of pigmentation.Book consultation
Factors to consider
It is important to note that melasma is an extremely difficult condition to treat, and there is no real ‘cure’ per se. However, there are many different treatments available which help to suppress the pigmentation and reduce its appearance. We would advise patients to start treatment as soon as possible to delay deeper pigmentation, which is harder to treat.
Treatments available for Melasma
Pulsed Dye Laser
Targeting skin conditions that were traditionally believed to only affect those of fairer skin tones, but have since been proven to affect patients of colour.
Face veins and redness as conditions are not a health risk, but can cause emotional or psychological distress to the individual and can prove to be difficult to mask by makeup and creams. Pulsed Dye Laser can be very effective in treating redness and other issues like face veins.
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At PHI Clinic, we see hundreds of patients with a wide range of indications. It is important to assess each patient individually to provide you with a skincare treatment plan that works for you. Whether the aim is to improve a symptom or problem, or to simply maintain and protect an even complexion, PHI is passionate about providing a solution and an effective regime tailored to you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on what treatment is advised, the number of session and their frequency changes. Most patients suffering with melasma will need continuous treatment to help suppress the pigmentation. It is a condition that has yet to be cured, so treatments are for maintenance purposes, with the aim of reducing, not clearing.
The main conflict with treatment for melasma is pregnancy and breast feeding. While melasma is often triggered during pregnancy, the patient must wait until after childbirth and breast feeding to commence treatment. Especially with medications and so forth, there can be certain ingredients which may be harmful to the mother and baby.
PHI’s Aestheticians are all highly-trained in treatments for melasma and pigmentation. All treatment plans are signed off by the doctor, and cases where prescriptions are necessary will be referred to the doctor.
Before and after Melasma treatment
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