Brown patches on your face may be of concern to you, and a qualified medical dermatologist can properly diagnose melasma, a common cause of these brown spots. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers melasma treatment for patients in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Melasma?
Melasma causes brown spots and patches on the face including cheeks, upper lip and forehead. The condition affects more women than men and is more common with higher hormone levels such as being on birth control. During pregnancy, melasma is known as the “mask of pregnancy”. Melasma is induced by sun exposure.
Benefits of Melasma Treatment
While melasma is not a health problem, many people are distraught by its appearance. Your dermatologist will explain your risk factors for developing melasma, such as spending time outdoors without sunscreen. In addition to learning about how to prevent melasma, treatment may reduce the intensity of the brown spots or resolve them altogether helping you feel more confident in your appearance.
How Do I Know If I Have Melasma?
You can examine your skin and look for the typical brown spots and patches of melasma, but it is best that you receive a definitive diagnosis from a qualified medical dermatologist. Melasma can mimic other conditions that may require medical treatment.
What to Expect from Melasma Treatment
If your melasma does not resolve with sun protection, we may recommend:
- Medications to lighten the skin, such Lytera® 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum or prescription hydroquinone, that is applied to the skin each day
- Combination topical corticosteroids and tretinoin to use in combination with the skin lightener
- Cosmetic dermatology treatments, such as Diamond Glow, HydraFacial, 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 facial 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.