Melasma is a common skin condition that results in patches or spots dark pigmentation on the skin. Melasma is most commonly found on the face, on the forehead and cheeks, but can also appear on the arms, neck, and shoulder, or areas of the body that see the most sun. There are few melasma treatments available, but our Charleston patients are in luck – because Dr. O’Neill and his expert cosmetic team have a new laser treatment that will remove the spots from melasma permanently!
What Causes Melasma?
According to the American Association of Dermatology, the specific cause of melasma is not clear, but the most common triggers are sun exposure, hormonal changes, and irritation from cosmetics. These factors may increase the activity of color-making cells in the skin, and result in discoloration.
Melasma is sometimes called the “pregnancy mask” because it is very commonly seen in pregnant women. The hormonal shifts that come with pregnancy (and sometimes birth control pills) are the most common triggers that we see in our Charleston office.
Our Melasma Treatment
The new PicoSure laser offers a fast, permanent melasma treatment. The high-tech laser targets the cells of the gray-brown patches on the skin with ultra-short pulses of photomechanical light energy. The laser breaks apart the pigmentation of the affected skin and signaling cells to create new, healthy cells. This treatment is gentle on the skin and won’t harm the surrounding cells.
Patients can look forward to not only having reduced melasma patches, but also a refreshed, younger looking, and more even skin tone with smoother and firmer skin texture. Typically, three or more treatments are needed for full clearance. Treatments are scheduled about one month apart for best results and healing.
Appointments Available in Charleston, SC
If you are interested in this breakthrough laser melasma treatment available at O’Neill Plastic Surgery — don’t wait! Call our Charleston plastic surgery office today to schedule your first PicoSure appointment to remove those ugly, dark patches for good. Call 843-881-2130 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and appointment.
We are conveniently located in Charleston, SC on luxurious and private Daniel Island.