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Introduction To Melasma

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.

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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

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.

The price for Melasma treatments start from: £250

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