Melasma Treatment by Rani MD of San Jose.
Each year, melasma is believed to affect between five to six million women in the U.S. alone. Women who are pregnant, taking contraceptives (oral or patch) or on medication for hormone replacement therapy are especially prone to this disorder. Despite its prevalence, melasma remains incurable.
There are three types of melasma – determined by its facial distribution. The most common is centrofacial (forehead, nose, chin and central cheeks), followed by malar (cheeks and bone) and mandibular (on the jawline). There are also four types of melasma based on cellular patterns: epidermal being the most common, dermal, mixed epidermal and dermal and inapparent (seen in extremely dark skinned individuals). Recalcitrant melasma is particularly challenging to treat and bleaching creams or chemical peels may show limited benefit WITH OUR LASER MACHINE AND NEW TECHNOLOGY WE CAN achieve good-to-excellent results after ten treatment sessions with an average of 50% to 75% improvement.* These are much better results than those achieved with topical triple drug regimens alone. With fractional lasers, there is a higher incidence of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) in dark skin patients.
The article was taken from www.cynosure.com
Results vary on individual patients.