Melasma Specialist

Jane Smith, MD -  - Phlebologist

Swan Medical Aesthetics at Veincare

Jane Smith, MD

Phlebologist & Internist located in Raleigh, NC

Are you plagued by brown or brown-gray patches on your skin? If so, you may have melasma, a skin condition that Dr. Jane Smith treats at VeinCare of Central North Carolina in Raleigh, North Carolina. She offers a variety of noninvasive solutions, including creams and dermatological treatments like Laser Genesis™ treatments and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. If you’re ready to leave melasma in the past, schedule a consultation at VeinCare of Central North Carolina online or over the phone today.

Melasma Q&A

What is melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes the color-making cells in the skin to make too much color, turning patches of your skin brown or brown-gray. These patches most often appear on the forehead, cheeks, bridge of the nose, chin, and above the upper lip. 

Sun lovers and people who work outside can get melasma on areas of their body that get a lot of sun, like the neck or forearms.

Who gets melasma?

Under the right circumstances, virtually anyone can develop melasma. Most often, though, it’s women and people with darker skin tones who develop melasma. 

People of color are more prone to melasma than light-skinned people because they have more color-making cells in their skin.

What causes melasma?

A few different things can trigger melasma production. These include:

Sun exposure

The UV light from the sun stimulates melanocytes, prompting melasma. Sun exposure is what often prompts people with faded melasma to get it again, especially during the summer.

Hormonal changes

You can develop melasma when you experience hormonal changes, such as those caused by birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. When pregnant women develop melasma, it’s called chloasma.

Skin products 

Skin products that irritate your skin can exacerbate melasma.

How is melasma treated?

Melasma sometimes fades on its own or when you remove a trigger, particularly when you get off birth control or after you give birth. If your melasma doesn’t fade by itself, you can treat it. Dr. Smith offers a number of topical treatments and in-office procedures to treat melasma.

Treatment for melasma includes:

  • Creams, liquids, lotions, or gels that lighten skin
  • Chemical peels, dermabrasion, or microdermabrasion
  • Laser Genesis™ treatments
  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

When you consult with the team at VeinCare of Central North Carolina about melasma treatment, Dr. Smith discusses your treatment options with you based on your triggers, symptoms, and health history. 

Treatment is tailored to your individual skin type and health. However, you’ll typically start with topical treatment and move onto dermatological procedures if the medication doesn’t work.

The choice to work on your skin is a personal one. If you want to treat your melasma, schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith at VeinCare of Central North Carolina today by calling or using the online booking tool.