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Melasma is one of the most common skin concerns reported by both men and women, though this condition is more prevalent in women. It is characterized by the appearance of grayish-brown patches, typically on the facial skin. Some of the common areas susceptible to melasma include the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, upper lip, and chin.

What causes Melasma?

Dermatologists list down the following factors as the primary causes of melasma:

  • Sun exposure
  • Hormonal changes
  • Birth control medication
  • Hormone therapy

At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, Dr. Azadeh Shirazi specializes in treating all forms of skin conditions and disorders including melasma. Generally, the condition can be easily diagnosed by looking at the characteristic pigmentation on the patient’s face. In some cases, however, the doctor might recommend a minor skin test so that a more accurate analysis can be made, excluding other potential diagnoses.

Treatment of Melasma

The right skin care regimen is usually the first line of defense in the treatment and management of melasma. The application of various skin care products, some of which contain hydroquinone, helps in lightening the complexion and prepping the skin for in- office procedures to eliminate melasma. Dr. Shirazi is a board certified cosmetic dermatologist and though her years of training and experience has come to develop specially formulated brightening pads. After a decade of searching for the best therapy to combat melasma, she has created skin lightening pads with hydroquinone, kojic acid, and natural skin calming ingredients that will leave your skin free of discoloration, looking brighter than ever.

After prepping the skin with a customized lightening regimen, Dr. Shirazi may recommend various treatments such as the Halo Laser, Collagen PIN Microneedling, chemical peels, Dermal Infusion with Brightening Serum, or Sciton’s MicroLaser peel to further enhance your skin’s complexion.

At the La Jolla Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center, we do not advocate the ‘one treatment fits all’ approach. We make a careful evaluation of each individual patient while trying to understand the nature of their melasma. Your initial consultation with the doctor will be extremely helpful in carrying out an accurate analysis of your case and customizing a treatment plan for you. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.


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