Melasma Treatment in Birmingham, AL
Brown patches on your skin may be of concern to you, and a qualified medical dermatologist can properly diagnose and treat conditions that cause brown patches, such as melasma. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers melasma treatment for patients in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Melasma?
One of the most common skin concerns that we manage for our patients is melasma. A person with melasma typically has small patches of grey-brown or brown discoloration on the skin, typically the chin, nose, forehead, neck, arms and other areas that are regularly exposed to sunlight.
The condition affects more women than men, and melasma is known as the “mask of pregnancy” because it may flare up due to hormonal changes in a woman’s body.
Benefits of Melasma Treatment
Melasma is a cosmetic concern and does not require medical treatment. Your dermatologist will explain your risk factors for developing melasma, such as skin color and spending time outdoors without sunscreen. In addition to learning about how to prevent melasma, treatment may help you make changes that may prevent more serious skin conditions, such as cancer.
Melasma often resolves without intervention if you protect the area from sun exposure, especially if the condition was caused by pregnancy or other temporary changes in hormone levels. For chronic melasma, we may recommend treatment to improve the aesthetics of the area.
How Do I Know If I Have Melasma?
You can examine your skin and look for signs of melasma, but it is best that you receive a definitive diagnosis from a qualified dermatologist. Melasma can mimic other conditions that may require medical treatment.
What to Expect from Melasma Treatment
If your melasma does not resolve on its own, we may recommend:
- A prescription medication to lighten the skin, such as hydroquinone, that is applied to the skin each day
- Corticosteroids or tretinoin to use in combination with the skin lightener
- A combination medication that contains a skin lightener, corticosteroid and tretinoin
- At-home treatments with kojic acid or azelaic acid
- Cosmetic dermatology treatments, such as laser treatments and chemical peels, to remove the damaged layer of skin from the area
How Much Does Melasma Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Melasma treatment may not be covered by medical insurance. We review your coverage and out-of-pocket expenses after the consultation. We accept payment by cash, checks and major credit cards. We also offer financing.
If you are bothered by brown patches on your skin, you may be a good candidate for melasma treatment at Dermatologists of Birmingham. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.