Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Melasma appears as a consistent brown color over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip, often appearing symmetrically on the both sides of the face.
Before Melasma Treatment with Laser Therapy
After Melasma Treatment with Laser Therapy
Video of Brooke Burke and her Melasma issue:
What Are the Symptoms?
Brown skin discoloration anywhere on the face. This condition is more common in women especially after having had one or more children. Sun exposure significantly affects this condition so we advise all our patients to avoid the sun as much as possible in addition to using daily UV sun protection.
What Are the Causes?
Melasma is much more common in women, frequently resulting from the presence of female hormones due to: pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy. Sun exposure is also a significant contributing factor causing Melasma to worsen quite a bit during the summer months.
What Are the Treatment Options?
DermMedica – Melasma Protocol
This treatment protocol was initiated and fine-tuned by Dr. Crippen to help alleviate and keep Melasma under control. There is no cure for this condition but with appropriate laser and topical therapy by Dr. Crippen, we can achieve significant improvement and reduction in signs of this pesky skin problem.
During one of the laser meetings Dr. Crippen’s attended, he spoke with several leaders in the field of laser medicine and learned of a novel and safe way to treat Melasma. This treatment is only performed in Kelowna at DermMedica and by Dr. Crippen, so if you have had difficulty treating this condition you may want to see if this brand new technique can help your own skin problem. Book your private consultation to find out if this special protocol could work for you.
Other treatments that can also be considered in some patients:
Quick Answers About Melasma
How Many Times Can Melasma Be Treated? I Was Looking at the Pictures That You Have Available for Melasma. I Noticed a Lot of Improvement in the Photos, but Also That It Is Still Visible. Can Melasma Be Retreated Until It's No Longer Visible?
It is important to note that Melasma is a chronic (long term) condition of the skin that cannot be cured. In this respect, there will always be a need to treat melasma on an ongoing basis, whether it is through the use of medications or laser treatments. We can never guarantee that Melasma will be completely eradicated, but by following our very specific treatment protocols, most patients will experience a very dramatic reduction in the appearance of pigmentation over time. In order to find out what you need, a consultation with Dr. Crippen is definitely recommended.
Any Way to Prevent My Melasma from Growing? I Hate the Look and Feel of It on My Face. What Could I Be Doing Wrong?
Melasma is a condition (mostly in women) where there is an abnormal amount of Melanin (pigment) produced in the skin predominately on the face. This condition is mostly a cosmetic nuisance and is related to hormones, sun exposure, age and other factors. There are some treatments for this condition but you have to be very careful when allowing someone to treat melasma because most lasers will make the condition worse. It is a chronic condition that cannot be cured but can certainly improved under the right treatment conditions.
Is It Possible That My Melasma Will Disappear After My Pregnancy?
Yes, that is entirely possible. Many women have experienced Melasma only during their pregnancies, and then witnessed it vanishing as soon as the baby was born. That is unfortunately not the case for everyone. Many women (and men) will experience Melasma as a lifelong condition once it has developed, and it may develop even in women who have never become pregnant.
Are There Any Side Effects from Melasma Treatment?
Melasma is a difficult treatment to cure and/or lighten. Laser therapy usually leaves the skin slightly red for a day but that is all.
Is There a Permanent Cure for Melasma?
Unfortunately we do not have a cure, but we have treatments that can lighten the pigmentation.
How Long Will It Take Melasma to Fade Once I Stop Taking Birth Control?
Melasma may never fade once it has begun. We have strategies to reduce the appearance of the lesion with skin care and laser treatments.
Could Melasma Be Stress-Related?
Yes, it is entirely possible however we do not know why it occurs in the first place.
What Is the Best Laser Treatment for Dermal Melasma?
A very specific laser is required to treat deep pigmentation in melasma. We do not recommend IPL treatments as it may worsen the condition very easily.
Are Brown Spots a Sign of Melasma?
No, melasma is more than just pigmentation.
Is It True That Melasma Can Be Caused by a Fungal Infection?
No, melasma is not caused by an infection, we believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role in it’s development.
Can Melasma Come Back with Sun Exposure?
Yes, it usually returns after significant sun exposure in almost all patients.
What Is the Safest, Long Lasting Treatment for Melasma?
There is not a long lasting treatment for melasma, ongoing care with skin care products and interval laser treatments is the best current option.