Melasma in Washington, DC
Melasma is a common skin condition distinguished by discoloration of the face. Typically, melasma is seen as dark brown patches on the cheeks, forehead, chin, or bridge of the nose. Though most commonly found on the face, melasma can occur on any part of the body frequently exposed to the sun.
What are the Signs of Melasma?
While melasma does not cause any noticeable symptoms, many patients wish to correct skin discoloration for aesthetic purposes. While anyone can get melasma, it is more commonly seen in women than in men. Sun exposure and hormone changes are common triggers for the appearance of melasma.
How is Melasma Treated?
The best defense against melasma is adequate sun protection in the form of sunscreen and proper clothing when outdoors. The Center for Laser Surgery can treat the appearance of melasma as well as other signs of sun damage on the skin using skin rejuvenation techniques such as laser resurfacing. Our dermatologists will evaluate your condition to determine the optimal course of treatment for your skin type.