Advanced Melasma Peel Treatment Specialist in Austin TX
Melasma is a common and benign skin condition that involves patches of brownish-gray skin on the face. If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, then visit Glo Med Spa in Austin TX. Dr. Juan Ivan, MD., and his team will provide care for melasma. We are conveniently located at 9801 Anderson Mill Road Suite 120 Austin, TX 78750. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online.
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Melasma occurs when the excess pigment is produced in the skin and is commonly seen during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. For more information about melasma and treatment options, keep reading below!
Some studies show that a deficiency in vitamin B12 causes melasma. When the body has a severe deficiency in vitamin B12, a condition known as pernicious anemia, where the body has a low red blood cell count. A common symptom of pernicious anemia is hyperpigmentation, which often results in melasma. For this reason, you may want to consider getting tested for a vitamin B12 deficiency if you are experiencing melasma. That said, many other things may cause melasma, such as:
– Birth control medications
– Certain cosmetics or soaps
– Hormonal changes during pregnancy
– Hypothyroidism, is a condition where your thyroid gland is underactive
– Tanning beds
The things that contribute to the onset of melasma also make it worse. As such, things like tanning beds, spending too much time in the sunlight without UV protection, and using cosmetics that irritate your skin can all make melasma worse. If you notice melasma appearing on your skin, it’s important to isolate the cause so you can take action and prevent it from getting worse.
Various products and treatments can help remove melasma. Some of these products and treatments include topical creams, chemical peels, microneedling, and others. However, there is no treatment that can definitively prevent melasma from returning in the future. As such, while you may be highly satisfied with the results of melasma removal treatment, you’ll still need to take precautions in the future to prevent melasma from returning. Such precautions include:
– Applying UV protection when spending time in the sunlight.
– Using cosmetic products with hypoallergenic ingredients that are gentle on your skin is recommended.
– Avoiding tanning beds as much as you can.
– Asking your doctor or dermatologist how you can prevent melasma from returning.
Moreover, it takes time for most treatments to remove melasma. You may need multiple treatment sessions or frequent application of a certain product before you start noticing significant results.
Hyperpigmentation refers to several types of skin conditions where part of the skin is noticeably darker than the surrounding skin. Melasma is one of these conditions. As such, melasma and hyperpigmentation are not interchangeable terms, as hyperpigmentation can refer to several different skin conditions other than melasma. Some other hyperpigmented conditions include:
– Aging spots, also known as sunspots or liver spots
– Post-inflammatory trauma
With some forms of hyperpigmentation, like birthmarks or freckles, people rarely seek treatment. Other conditions, like rosacea, melasma, post-inflammatory trauma, and aging spots, are more commonly sought for treatment.
At Glo Med Spa, our two main options for treating melasma include radiofrequency (RF) microneedling and our advanced melasma peel. Neither of these treatments involves any downtime or recovery periods and causes little to no discomfort. As such, both treatments are great options for a quick lunch hour spa session before going back to work in the afternoon or whatever your day holds.
With RF microneedling, a specialist glides a small device shaped like a pen over the skin in the treatment area. This pen-shaped device has tiny needles that inflict controlled injuries to the surface layer of the skin. This controlled injury triggers an increase in collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are proteins that promote new layers of healthy skin. As the skin heals, the new layer of skin that appears will be smoother and brighter in complexion, effectively reducing the appearance of melasma.
Our advanced melasma peel is a type of chemical peel that is specially designed to treat melasma. Like microneedling, chemical peels also inflict a controlled injury to the surface of the skin to stimulate increased collagen and elastin production. However, they do so differently.
A specialist applies a chemical mask to the face, taking precautions to avoid contact with your eyes or mouth. The chemical reacts with the dead skin cells and gently exfoliates the outer layer of the skin. The increased collagen and elastin production help create a more even complexion to help reduce the appearance of melasma.
Melasma is a highly treatable skin condition, and we have the resources to provide effective melasma treatment at Glo Med Spa. If you’d like to learn more about our melasma treatment options or want to make an appointment, we encourage you to call us or make an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 9801 Anderson Mill Road Suite 120 Austin, TX 78750. We serve patients from Austin TX, Cedar Park TX, Volente TX, Pflugerville TX, Round Rock TX, Leander TX, Volente TX, Brushy Creek TX, and Williamson County TX.
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