What is Melasma?
Melasma is a pigmentation disorder of the skin that causes hyperpigmented dark spots on the face. Sun exposure, pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy and genetic predisposition are felt to play a role in causing this disturbing skin condition. An increase in estrogen and progesterone receptors in the areas of the skin affected by melasma are felt to predispose to the development and recurrence of melasma.
The pigmentation resulting from melasma appears in one of three patterns. The central facial pattern involving the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose and chin, the malar pattern involving the cheeks and nose and the mandibular pattern involving the jaw area. Rarely melasma can also involve the forearms.
Treatment of Melasma
Debra Price MD and the physicians at Debra Price MD PA specialize in the treatment of melasma and pigmentation disorders of the skin. We use a combination of the most effective over the counter and prescription topical formulations along with broad spectrum sun protection and a variety of chemical peeling agents to hasten pigment resolution. We also use the most advanced non invasive techniques to fade persistent blotchy pigmentation including chemical peels, the advanced Silkpeel microdermabrasion and infusion system and repetitive low energy laser treatments with the Fraxel laser.
I have never felt comfortable going to a dermatologist until I met Dr. Price. She is just wonderful. She listens to you and what concerns you and always makes you feel that there is a solution. Her magic hand has helped me with my confidence in not having to wear makeup during the week! I feel great!Yvette S - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
I hope you know how excited I was to be able to come to see you last week, not only do you make us, your patients, look good but you also give us the confidence to go out each morning knowing that we look as good as possible with just a touch of your hand.ANN B. - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
Just to thank you personally for your great talent, your knowledge and your skill. You are a wonderful, truthful practitioner of your "art" of medicine.June - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
When I first came to see you many years ago, I told you that I wanted my skin to look good enough to be comfortable to not have to always wear makeup. I've achieved that. But this is a thank you for giving me skin that I'm always complimented on. It's amazing that all the $$ invested in your office really do pay off.Cherie W - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
You always know what I like for my lips. Thank you for making me so pretty. Thank you for always spending so much time on me. Sometimes it is hard to wait for you. I will wait for you as long as I have to. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you for making me look better.ANN B. - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
I hope you know how excited I was to be able to come to see you last week, not only do you make us, your patients, look good but you also give us the confidence to go out each morning knowing that we look as good as possible with just a touch of your hand.Jane - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
I wanted to thank you again for your transformation of my sister. She looks ten years younger. Thank goodness you are in my life!Toni - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT
The children from Guatemala called me to get you a "Bear Card" so you could get a "Bear Hug" from them. You will never know how much your donations of the medication and sun tan lotion helped the children from the city days in Guatemala City and in the mountains of Antigua. So please consider yourself hugged.Pat L - DR. PRICE’ S PATIENT