Is there a Doctor/Derm that can tell me with certainty what this is on my cheek and how to get rid of it? (Photos)
Doctor Answers 3
Closer examination will be needed. - possibly melasma.
I do believe that a face to face consult with a dermatologist is needed for a definitive diagnosis. Melasma can not be completely cured, however effective treatment are possible. This is because your skin is extremely sensitive to UV and even the smallest amount can stimulate your pigment cells to produce colour. The mainstay of treatment is strict UV protection- hats, sunglasses and SPF every 4 hours.
I prefer to use a combination of creams and laser for melasma. Hydroquinone can be used (5-8%), along with vitamin A creams. I usually start my patients on laser (low dose Q switch or Picosure) a few weeks after they commence on creams.
In some cases I combine glycolic AHA peels, and in other cases I use a tablet called Tranexamic acid to help.
All the best, Dr Davin Lim. Laser, surgical and aesthetic dermatologist. Brisbane, Australia
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Melasma is associated with skin discoloration and can be corrected with Melarase AM, Melarase PM, and Melapads. The cheek fullness is likely corrected with some fillers and Ultherapy.
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