What is Melasma?
Melasma, also known as chloasma, occurs when irregular patches of darkened skin appear on the face or forearms. These tan or brown patches generally occur symmetrically over the forehead, nose, cheeks, or upper lip. The symmetry of melasma sets it apart from other skin conditions that cause skin to darken. Melasma is not at all uncommon and occurs more often in women. It may be caused by sun damage or hormonal fluctuations, like during menopause and pregnancy. Those with darker skin types are far more prone to melasma compared to those with lighter complexions. Seasoned dermatologist Dr Jay Mehta treats melasma regularly at Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ, where we offer several solutions that may help reduce the visibility of this condition. If you live in the Greater Phoenix area, call our office today to learn more and to schedule a consultation.
"I love this place. It is super clean and staff are very versed in all aspects of skin care. I have not been here for awhile as I usually come out to Arizpna for the winter months and have been away but am back now and will be booking appointment right away. This place is so very different than many and do not push things at you. They are 100% professional."- B. / Healthgrades / Jan 08, 2020
"Greeted by a friendly staff :) I was pleased to learn that there was nothing alarming or cancerous after a thorough body check. However, the aging process, as well as many hours in the outdoors were evident! I really appreciated the time Becky spent explaining details about my skin, healthier skincare practices, and product suggestions to improve it - sun block being #1! Dr. Mehta was very pleasant and answered my questions (and fears) about any type of face treatment procedures. I feel very confident having him work on my skin to restore some of its lost glow. I highly recommend the Arizona Skin Institute."- M.A. / Google / Jun 11, 2020
"My first visit at Arizona Skin Institute was great~!...The staff was friendly welcoming, and professional in every detail~!...Dr Mehta is a super nice man~!...He is personable, down-to-earth and easy to talk to...He has great bedside manner~!...He explained things thoroughly and I felt confident about his addressing my issues...I am have no doubt that he'll continue to make my skin health his priority~!...I didn't have any more than a 10 minute wait for my appointment...I was in & out within an hour but I didn't feel at all rushed...I would highly recommend Dr Mehta at Arizona Skin Institute...I am looking forward to any future visits.. I know that Dr Mehta will take good care of me~!...Don't hesitate to make an appointment...You won't be sorry..."- S.C. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"I visited the Peoria location. The staff is amazing! Everyone is friendly, professional, and very personable. I was having a hard day, not to mention, struggling for some time with some skin issues, and one of my doctors really went the extra mile to cheer me on and show her beautiful loving spirit with a friendly hug and positive, motivating feedback. I was very comfortable engaging with the doctors and asking questions. Having over 10 & 15 years of experience, they were very informative and confident. I really love this place and I recommend it to anyone seeking any areas of dermatology, like skin diseases & conditions, including cosmetic treatments like Botox, dermal fillers, and laser treatments."- M.B. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"They were prompt, great front office and Becky Caudle, PA and the Doctor were fantastic!"- G.C. / Google / Jan 03, 2020
what Causes Melasma?
The specific cause of melasma remains unidentified. Experts believe that the dark patches in melasma may be caused by numerous factors, such as hormone fluctuations, genetics, stress, and certain prescription drugs. Excess sun exposure is thought to be the major cause of melasma, especially for those with a genetic predisposition to melasma. Clinical studies have demonstrated that people typically develop melasma in the summertime when the sunlight is most intense. In winter months, the hyperpigmentation tends to be less pronounced.
treatments for melasma
There are several treatment options for melasma. A variety of topical creams, gels, and lotions can be used to help minimize hyperpigmentation. There are also dermatological procedures, such as microneedling, chemical peels, and light-based therapies, that can help. Depending on the severity and location of your hyperpigmentation, Dr Mehta will build a custom treatment plan that is best suited to your needs. He will also consider your overall health and personal preferences. We highly recommend routine sun protection for the long-term maintenance and improvement of melasma.
Get a Professional Diagnosis
If you suffer from melasma and are searching for an effective treatment to improve your complexion, call Arizona Skin Institute in Surprise, AZ today. Dr Mehta will be happy to sit down with you to discuss your skin concerns and build a custom treatment plan to help provide the results you've been hoping for. He has helped countless people in the Greater Phoenix area and looks forward to serving you, too.