Melasma is a pigmentation disorder of the face that occurs most commonly in women that are pregnant or using an oral contraceptive. Unfortunately it is not well understood but is likely caused by several factors including sun exposure, hormonal imbalance, and genetics.
Treatment involves laser technology with a specific laser wavelength. This is known to be a very successful treatment that will lighten or remove the pigmented lesions from the skin.
The symptoms can include dark patches and spots on the cheeks, forehead, nose and upper lip. Melasma is a purely cosmetic concern however it does often relate to hormonal imbalances in some women that should be addressed.
Cutting edge melasma treatment is now available with the Discovery Pico laser.