Debra Price MD PA Board Certified Dermatologist

Melasma | Miami


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.