Melasma is a common skin condition that is hormonally driven and causes brown discolored patches on the face and other sun exposed areas of the skin. While these pigmented patches do not cause any pain or discomfort, they can cause people to become self-conscious.
What is melasma?
Also known as chloasma, or the ‘mask of pregnancy’ (due to pregnancy being a possible trigger), melasma affects over six million American women, as well as some men. It’s dark or pigmented patches of skin occur most frequently on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and the bridge of the nose, though may also appear on the forearms, neck or shoulders.
While its exact causes are unclear, it is thought to be triggered by pregnancy, hormonal changes, heat, stress, thyroid disease and sun exposure. If you have been diagnosed with melasma and wish to reduce the appearance of pigmented areas of skin, there are treatments available that are safe, non-invasive, and have a very little downtime.
At her clinic in Beverly Hills, Panteha Partovi is an aesthetic specialist who is passionate about helping people rediscover their confidence and feel great in their own skin. Alongside her aesthetic treatment options, she offers a range of treatments able to manage and reduce the appearance of melasma.
Treatments for melasma
At your consultation, Panteha will discuss your needs, goals and expectations with you, and conduct a thorough assessment of your skin to determine which treatment or combination of treatments will work best for you and your skin. Some of the treatments she uses for patients with melasma include:
Non-Ablative Skin Resurfacing
Skin resurfacing involves using lasers to remove old, damaged layers of skin to reveal the fresh, undamaged layers underneath, and encourage new, healthy cell growth. It’s important to take care of your skin after this procedure, and follow all instructions to best help it heal and reduce downtime.
During a microneedling treatment, very small, fine needles create ‘micro injuries’ on the face to jump-start the body’s healing response and encourage the production of collagen and elastin to help create even skin tone and texture. The immune response from these mechanical micro-injuries promote cellular renewal thus establishing an environment for unpigmented skin cells.
IPL – intense pulsed light – is a high intensity light that targets discolouration and breaks down pigmentation of the skin. Though it is usually not used as a stand alone treatment for melasma as it can aggravate pigmentation due to its light/heat base technology- it is a great tool to use cautiously as a third line treatment for stubborn areas on the face and body.
Why choose Panteha and Santosha Aesthetics?
Panteha’s clinic in Beverly Hills, California, is a safe, inclusive and non-judgemental place for her diverse range of clients. Panteha is a certified Physician Assistant and leading aesthetic expert in Los Angeles, she combines experience with artistry to provide beautiful, natural results.
If you have melasma and are exploring treatment options, contact Santosha Aesthetics today for a consultation to start your journey towards your dream skin.