Is There a Permanent Cure for Melasma?

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Fraxel laser will help

Fraxel re:store and/or Fraxel re:pair laser can help really help correct melasma.  We have had great sucess in our office using these techniques and patients have been very happy. 

Hope this helps.


New York Plastic Surgeon
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742 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for melasma

Melasma is a common disorder where there is increased pigmentation of the skin, usually of the sun exposed areas of the face. It is more common in women with darker skin tones, and women who are on birth control pills, taking hormone replacement, or pregnant. It is also seen in certain diseases involving the hormones.

The exact causes are unknown, but there are genetic factors at work, and melasma is made worse by exposure to sunlight. It is very important for people with melasma to use sunscreen.

Creams that contain lightening agents (for example hydroquinone, kojic acid, and retinoids) may be helpful in treating melasma, as may chemical peels or laser therapy. However, melasma is very difficult to treat and returns easily, especially after exposuer to sunlight.

Jordana S. Gilman, MD
Atlanta Dermatologic Surgeon
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9900 Medlock Bridge Road
John's Creek, GA 30097

No permanent cure for Melasma

There is no permanent cure for melasma.  Melasma can be triggered by hormones and sun exposure makes it worse.  There are many treatments that can improve the pigment changes caused by melasma but if sun exposure persists without sun block, the pigment returns.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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1049 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10028

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