A condition that is often bothersome to patients is melasma. It is a malfunction in the pigmentation in the skin. While natural pigmentation is present in the skin to give us an even skin tone and color, it can change and result in “splotches” of deep color. This may be bothersome for some patients, especially women who may be unable to cover these imperfections with cosmetics.
Definition of melasma
This condition, which is known as hyperpigmentation, is sometimes referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”. This is because it often appears in women while they are pregnant or afterwards. It can present as patches of skin that are gray or brown and typically shows up on the facial area. However, it can be anywhere on the body and may make patients self-conscious about their appearance.
What can cause or trigger melasma? It is unknown what exactly causes melasma, but it has been found that possible triggers include UV exposure and hormonal changes. Patients who have melasma or are at risk of developing melasma may benefit from ensuring they prevent sun exposure with regular applications of sunscreen and wearing appropriate clothes. Hormones may be controlled with medications if necessary.
Treatment for melasma varies. Sometimes it is long-term while other times it is only present for a short period of time. Patients who have this condition may ask about topical products to apply to the problem area to lighten the skin tone, while others may want to consider alternatives including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser therapies. Once the condition has been CONTROLLED, patients should pay close attention to prevention with sunscreen and hormonal regulation. MELASMA CAN BE A FRUSTRATING AND RECURRENT PROBLEM, AND AT DSADERMATOLOGY WE UNDERSTAND THIS, AND IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT PATIENTS NEED TO DEAL WITH THIS DIFFICULT SKIN SITUATION.
Drs. Achtman and McConnell of DSA Dermatology are pleased to offer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention tools for patients with melasma and encourage individuals to call their practice to make an consultation appointment with our team. The front office staff is friendly and welcoming to new and existing patients, and can be reached by calling (972) 362-9567. We are located in Plano, TX at 5072 W. Plano Pkwy, Suite 150.
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.