Melasma Treatment & Procedures in Indianapolis and Carmel

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology

Melasma Treatment & Procedures Indianapolis and Carmel IN

Melasma is a fairly common skin condition seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg. Many women are distressed when they notice melasma and are interested in procedures and treatments for the condition.

We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about melasma and how we can help.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a brown or grayish brown skin discoloration often called the “Mask of Pregnancy”. Melasma, however can occur without pregnancy.

Where Does Melasma Usually Appear?

Most often melasma occurs on the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, upper lip, chin and neck.

What are Your Treatments and Procedures for Melasma?

First, sunscreen use is imperative. Melasma darkens when exposed to sunlight, so the most important thing you can do is protect your skin from the sun. When you have to be out in the sun, wear a hat, sunglasses and cover affected areas. Use the strongest sunscreen available that has at least an SPF 30 with both UVA and UVB coverage.

Procedures we perform that can help with melasma are as follows. Please click on each individual link below to go to the page about that specific procedure where you will find information including pricing, before and after photos and more.

Some of the above procedures are performed by our licensed medical aestheticians and some are performed by a doctor. The best melasma treatment for you will depend on the extent of the condition.

Additionally, we may recommend a topical cream containing retinoids, hydroquinone or other active ingredients to treat and lighten your melasma. Some are available only with a prescription, however, some are available over the counter.

These creams can cause allergic reactions, so it is important to test the product by applying a small amount to the cheek or arm once a day for two days. If you experience intense redness, itching or blistering you should discontinue using the product as this indicates an allergic reaction.

It is important to continue sun protection when using skin lightening products, as your skin will be increasingly sensitive to the sun.

After taking your history and examining your skin, we will let you know what will work best for you.

When Does Melasma Usually Appear?

In pregnant women, melasma typically appears in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. The skin discoloration develops slowly over time with no signs of inflammation or irritation. In non-pregnant women, melasma can appear in your twenties.

Who Usually Gets Melasma?

90% of people with melasma are women and it can be caused by your genetics. Additionally, darker skinned people are more likely to develop melasma.

What Causes Melasma?

The root cause of melasma is not known. Hormonal changes are a possible trigger and sun exposure causes melasma to darken. Additionally, skin care products that lead to irritation can make your melasma worse.

Will Melasma Go Away Without Treatment?

Melasma that occurs during pregnancy most likely will gradually fade with time after delivery, however it may take many months and may never go away completely.

Will Melasma Come Back With Future Pregnancies?

Yes, typically melasma does return with subsequent pregnancies, and often darkens with each pregnancy.

Which Sunscreen, Makeup and Skincare Products Are Best for Melasma?

As stated, if you have melasma, you should always wear a high quality sunscreen. Additionally, you should always choose products for those with sensitive skin. We carry mineral makeup, sunscreen and other skincare products suitable for melasma patients. They can be purchased in-person at our office, over the phone by calling 317-848-0001 and some can be purchased at our online store by clicking the links below.

Sunscreens for Melasma Patients

Treatment Products for Melasma Patients

To view information about the specific lines we carry, please click the appropriate link below:

You will also find links to our online store on the above pages.

If you have questions whether or not one of our products is suitable for melasma, feel free to contact us by calling 317-848-0001 or by clicking here to email us for further recommendations.

Do You Take Insurance For Melasma Treatment?

Yes, we do take insurance for melasma treatment, however insurance does not cover non-prescription products or treatments the insurance company feels are not medically necessary. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine what they cover and if we participate with your insurance plan.

Contact Us About Treatment For Melasma

If you have more questions about melasma treatments or procedures and would like further information, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.

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*Fees are approximate only and subject to physical examination and consultation. We do try to keep the fees on our website up to date, however be advised fees are subject to change without notice. Please feel free to inquire about any price changes.

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatologys’ video content is for informational and educational purposes only. Viewing of these videos should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. As with any health concern, always seek a consultation regarding a medical condition. Any questions concerning the content of these videos may be directed to Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at drturkle@turklemd.com or 317-848-0001.

*Fees are approximate only and subject to physical examination and consultation. We do try to keep the fees on our website up to date, however be advised fees are subject to change without notice. Please feel free to inquire about any price changes.

Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatologys’ video content is for informational and educational purposes only. Viewing of these videos should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. As with any health concern, always seek a consultation regarding a medical condition. Any questions concerning the content of these videos may be directed to Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at drturkle@turklemd.com or 317-848-0001.

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