What is Melasma?
Hyperpigmentation is a common sign of aging and sun damage. Melasma is a “geographic” hyperpigmentation, affecting a large area rather than small spots or areas. This happens when skin cells produce too much melanin, the chemical that produces skin tone. Regardless of the cause, melasma can be controlled and treated using gentle exfoliation treatments, increasing cell turnover by utilizing products with increased retinol and hydroquinone, and adequate sun protection.
Benefits of Melasma Treatment
Patients feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance after melasma treatments. Using the Obagi® skin care line, patients are able to improve their discoloration at home, without spending time at the spa. Our MedSpa treatments are quick, easy and effective. Many patients see results after one treatment.
Is Melasma Treatment Right for Me?
Both men and women with healthy skin are good candidates for melasma treatment. Some therapies may be appropriate for young adults. If you are struggling with products that are ineffective or spa treatments leaving you dissatisfied, prescription-strength products and MedSpa treatments may be right for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Flannagan to discuss your options for melasma treatment.
What Is a Melasma Treatment?
Melasma treatments are a combination of therapies used together to restore even skin pigmentation. There are several ways to treat melasma. Patients may choose to use products designed to combat skin pigmentation issues, including products high in retinol. Flannagan Plastic Surgery uses the Obagi® skin care line. Our MedSpa team can put together a skin care package that addresses your needs and fits your lifestyle.
For some patients, prescription skin care is enough to achieve the desired results. In some cases, MedSpa treatments may be needed. Patients may choose to have laser resurfacing completed. A fine laser is passed over the skin to remove the top layer of damaged skin, allowing refreshed and less-damaged skin to surface. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments may also be appropriate. This allows the skin to heal itself more effectively as it rejuvenates naturally.
How Long Is the Recovery After a Melasma Procedure?
The recovery period will vary depending on the type of treatment selected. You may have a recovery period up to 7-10 days for more extensive treatments. It is important to follow the skin care regimen the doctor prescribes for you to ensure success with your treatment. Always keep your skin protected from the sun and follow all care instructions.
How Much Does a Melasma Procedure Cost?
The cost for your procedure will vary depending on the extent of the area being treated and the number of treatment sessions. Some patients may need follow-up treatments more frequently than others. This will also impact the cost of your treatment. In most cases, plastic surgery treatments are not covered by insurance. The staff at Flannagan Plastic Surgery will ensure all of your questions about the financing of your treatments are answered. Most of our patients use a combination of the following to pay for their procedures:
- Personal or cashier’s checks
- American Express
- CareCredit® Financing
Why Choose Flannagan Plastic Surgery?
Flannagan Plastic Surgery offers safe and effective melasma treatments to residents of Evansville and Jasper and the surrounding cities in Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and Illinois. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Flannagan at Flannagan Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation and learn how melasma treatments can reduce hyperpigmentation and reveal more even skin tones.