Melasma is a common skin disorder that can affect nearly anyone, but is commonly seen in women with fair to medium complexions. It is typically linked to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, and can be triggered by sun exposure. It may be noticed more in patients who are:
- Women taking oral contraceptives
- Those on HRT (hormone replacement therapy) during menopause
Melasma is diagnosed by certain patterns of color changes that occur in the skin. It is often characterized by irregular larger brown color spots that appears on areas of the face, including the forehead, upper lip, and nose. Many of these spots are symmetrical and appear on both sides of the face.
Once patients have visited DSA Dermatology in Plano, TX and have received a proper diagnosis from Drs. Daniel Achtman or Carmine McConnell, they can consider melasma treatment options.
A dermatologist may help patients reduce or eliminate their melasma in several ways, which may include:
- Ceasing the use of hormonal medications that triggered the response
- Use of laser therapies to reduce hyperpigmentation in the troubled areas
- Use of chemical peels
- Use of topical bleaching creams
- Use of medicated creams with tretinoin, azelaic acid, and hydroquinone alternatives
The treatment chosen for patients will depend on the severity of their condition, their budget, and treatment time. The professional team at DSA Dermatology can also work with patients to determine how to avoid future flare-ups of melasma, including the reduction of sun exposure, the use of sunscreen every day, and avoiding hormones—if possible—which trigger the condition.
If you are dealing with a hyperpigmentation concern such as melasma, and are ready to seek effective treatment, contact Drs. Daniel Achtman and Carmine McConnell today to schedule your consultation appointment at our convenient Plano, TX facility. You can learn about ways to handle flare-ups, avoid pigmentation triggers, and deal with existing melasma areas on the body. We offer a wide range of treatment options for those who are interested in controlling their condition and finding a long-term solution.
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.