Melasma Treatment in Princeton, New Jersey
Melasma is a skin condition where dark patches appear typically on the face (forehead, cheeks, and upper lip) due to excessive and unwanted pigmentation (melanin) collecting in the skin. The dark patches usually have distinct edges and tend to be symmetrical (i.e., similar on both sides of the face). Although a harmless condition, causing no other health problems, it is concerning to many due to its’ appearance and impact on self-confidence.
At Skin of All Color, Dr. Onumah and her team provide treatment for melasma in Princeton, NJ to women and men of all skin types. Dr. Onumah and her team work closely with every single patient to create personalized treatment plans to help reduce and potentially eliminate the visible signs of melasma. Due to our extensive experience in treating melasma, our treatment plans have helped to restore confidence in healthy skin for many of our patients. To book an appointment, call our office today.
What is Melasma?
Melasma is a condition that most commonly develops in women and typically worsens with sun exposure without protection. There is an increased risk of developing melasma during pregnancy or with the use of birth control pills. When melasma occurs during pregnancy is it often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”.
What Causes Melasma?
While the root cause of melasma is unclear, there are several triggers that may lead to the appearance of this condition including:
- Sun exposure, even if it’s minimal
- Hormonal fluctuations caused by hormone therapy, pregnancy, and other similar events
- Birth control pills
What are Common Signs of Melasma?
Melasma is only known to produce dark spots on areas of the body (including the face, neck, and arms). This is a harmless condition that causes no other health problems. If you are not sure whether you have melasma, you should book an appointment with your dermatologist for a diagnosis of your condition.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Melasma Treatment in NJ?
If you have darkened skin patches you should visit your dermatologist for a diagnosis. If melasma, your treatment should be designed to address your type of melasma. Sun avoidance and protection are important during and after treatment.
Why Choose Dr. Onumah and Her Team for Melasma Treatments?
Dr. Onumah and her team of skin health professionals are committed to delivering the best treatments to every patient. Our team listens to your concerns, answers any questions you may have, and keeps your goals in mind throughout the duration of your treatment. Moreover, Dr. Onumah and her team perform a full examination for diagnosis and to determine the best approach to increase your chances of success.
Is There Any Downtime After Melasma Treatments?
There are many treatments available for melasma, most of which have little to no downtime. Our team of Dr. Onumah and her team of experts at Skin of All Color Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine will diagnose and educate you on the different treatment options, the benefits, and downtime/recovery per option during your appointment.
What are the risks and side-effects of Melasma treatments?
Melasma treatments have different side effects depending on the technique used. At Skin of All Color, our dermatologists will explain the different side-effects you may experience to help you make the right choice.
Is it possible to stop or prevent Melasma?
While there is no cure for melasma, this condition may be addressed using a treatment protocol designed to address your type of melasma. Treatment protocols may include the use of lasers, topical skin treatments such as peels and/or oral medication. Understanding and avoiding the triggers for melasma is important to prevent or minimize recurrence.
How long does it take for Melasma to fade?
Melasma treatments may take a few days to a few weeks to clear up the brown spots, but this will depend heavily on the type of melasma and the treatment approach used.
Why won't my Melasma go away?
Melasma that is not responding to treatment may be linked to either exacerbation of a trigger, lifestyle choices, medication, or a combination of the 3. It is important to receive the right support to address the root cause of the issue.
Need more information on melasma treatment in Princeton, NJ? Schedule an appointment with a Doctor at Skin of All Color Dermatology and Cosmetic Medicine today or phone us at 609-250-7198.