Melasma, also referred to as chloasma, happens when uneven patches of dark skin show up on the face or forearms. These tan or brownish patches normally occur evenly on the forehead, nose, cheeks, or upper lip. The appearance of melasma distinguishes it from other conditions that cause the darkening of the skin. Melasma is not at all uncommon and is found more frequently in females. It may be caused by sun damage or by hormonal fluctuations, such as with menopause and pregnancy. Those with darker skin types are far more inclined to melasma compared to those who have lighter complexions. Dr. Laura Dipuma treats melasma regularly at Nordstar Medical, Skincare & Laser Center in Jackson and Dyersburg, TN where we provide Clear + Brilliant treatments to minimize the appearance of the condition.
"I absolutely LOVE Nordstar and not once have I had a bad experience. I have been going to Dr. Laura for over ten years and still continue to see her even though I moved to Nashville. I’ve tried other places closer to me, but no one compares (in my opinion!). With her extensive medical background and training, she is the only one I trust to inject Botox or filler. She has a conservative approach, which I greatly appreciate! I can tell she loves what she does and is enthusiastic about continuing to learn about new products/procedures. Kimberly is also equally enthusiastic and loves to teach clients about aesthetics. The entire staff is always super helpful and friendly!"- T.S. / Google / Feb 10, 2022
"I would send anyone to Dr. Laura! She’s only the one I let touch my face — the BEST of the best."- E.T. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"Dr. Laura Dipuma and her staff are amazing! I am so happy with my experience here!"- J.W. / Google / Oct 14, 2021
"I am a loyal customer to Nordstar!!! I get the royal treatment with every visit. The staff are very professional and treats me with the utmost respect. I look forward to my awesome facials, and my treatments that make my skin beautiful. The affordable products help me maintain my fresh youthful glow. I highly recommend the services at Nordstar! Let Dr. Laura, Macayla Kimberly, and Maddie freshen up your skin regimen. Go see them and feel fantastic about yourself like I do 😍."- D.D. / Google / Jul 09, 2021
"I have received multiple services at Nordstar from both Dr Dipuma and Kimberly including facial peels, a facial, and laser hair removal. I’ve always been impressed by the staff there, the high quality products and services, and comfortable environment. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my skin! They always look out for me and are always 100% honest with me, which means a lot. I love the makeup and skin care products that they offer through Obagi and Jane Iredale. They’re top of the line! I always struggled with acne and since switching to these products, I’ve never issues. My skin is so much clearer! I highly recommend Nordstar Medical to all of my family and friends. If you’re looking for a trustworthy, professional, and highly skilled facility look no further than Nordstar."- E.N. / Google / May 13, 2021
Causes of melasma
The exact source of melasma remains unidentified. Experts think that the dark patches in melasma could be triggered by several factors, including race, hormone fluctuations, family history of the condition, anti-seizure drugs, and other medications that make the skin more susceptible to pigmentation after exposure to UV rays. Uncontrolled sunlight exposure is recognized as the chief cause of melasma, especially in those with a genetic predisposition to this condition. Clinical studies have demonstrated that people normally develop melasma in the summertime when the sunlight is the most intense. In the winter, the hyperpigmentation will become less visible or milder.
Symptoms Of Melasma
Melasma is characterized by discoloration or hyperpigmentation mainly in the facial areas. Three forms of common facial patterns are recognized in those with melasma:
- Centrofacial – (center of the face) hyperpigmentation among the upper lip, nose, chin, forehead, and cheeks
- Malar – (cheekbones) melasma patterns near the top of the cheekbone
- Mandibular – (jawbone) hyperpigmentation along the jawline
At Nordstar Medical, Skincare & Laser Center, Dr. Dipuma and her team use Clear + Brilliant laser treatments to effectively reduce the appearance of melasma. As a gentle laser, Clear + Brilliant works to generate heat in order to stimulate the production of collagen and replace damaged skin with healthy tissue. Following the procedure, you may have some slight redness and swelling, but this should subside within 24 hours. You can expect to see results within a few days after your treatment and follow-up sessions may be recommended to help maintain your smooth, glowing complexion.
Learn About Your Options
If you are affected by melasma and are fed up with trying to cover it with cosmetics, or if you spend money on store-bought remedies that do not give you the results you desire, we welcome you to contact Nordstar Medical, Skincare & Laser Center to schedule a consultation. Melasma needs a proper diagnosis so that the ideal treatment can be provided. If the wrong remedy is implemented, the skin might become worse. Dr. Dipuma can correctly diagnose and treat melasma to provide you with an ideal outcome.