Melasma is a relatively common skin condition that increases the amount of melanin that your body produces. Some forms of melasma disappear on their own, but those who have chronic melasma will need to consider their professional treatment options if they want to even out their skin tone. We are proud to offer our patients multiple melasma treatments that are safe, effective, and minimally invasive.
What Causes Melasma?
This chronic skin condition results in gray or brown patches on the face, neck, chest, or arms. When you are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, your skin will respond by producing an abundance of melanin. This condition also makes the discolored patches of skin larger and more pronounced.
It is important for patients to realize that melasma isn’t a dangerous condition. The patches are nothing more than clusters of melanin that have become trapped in the outer layers of skin. That being said, some people believe that the discolored patches are unsightly. In order to get rid of the patches, your body needs to replace the melanin with fresh skin cells. Our team believes that laser facials and chemicals pills are two of the most effective treatment options for melasma.
When a laser is set to a specific frequency, it will stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. Your body is “tricked” into thinking that your skin has become damaged, and it will immediately produce healthy skin cells, collagen, and elastin. Laser facials usually take less than an hour to complete, and you will most likely experience some redness and peeling in the days following your appointment. Depending on the severity of your melasma, you might need to schedule a series of treatment sessions.
The biggest difference between a chemical peel and laser facial is the fact that a chemical peel removes the surface layer of skin. By removing that surface layer of skin, we can expose the healthy layers underneath. Chemical peels may take around an hour to complete, and most patients feel a tingling sensation after the mixture has been applied to the skin. After the appointment, your body sheds the damaged cells.
Your Healthy Skin
These two treatments are great options for melasma, and our team would love to tell you more about them. If you are tired of masking your discolored skin with expensive beauty products, then it might be time to take a closer look at professional melasma treatments. Contact us at Nuance Aesthetics, located in Salt Lake City, UT, to schedule a consultation and learn more.