How does a dermatologist diagnose melasma? Is a biopsy required?
How is Melasma Diagnosed?
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Melasma usually diagnosed clinically
Melasma can usually be diagnosed by its visual appearance and history. Rarely, a biopsy may need to be performed to confirm. Sometimes, a 'black light" will be used to help determine the extent of involvement and depth of pigment in the skin.
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