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Melasma Treatment in Monroe, LA

Patches of darkened skin may be a sign that you have melasma, also known as the “mask of pregnancy” when it develops in pregnant women. Although the condition is harmless, it can have emotional and social implications. Dr. Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D., board-certified dermatologist, offers melasma treatments for both men and women in Monroe, Shreveport, the Ark-La-Miss and the surrounding areas of Northeast Louisiana.

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes patches of dark skin. It most often occurs in women, but men may also develop melasma. It is commonly referred to as the “mask of pregnancy” when it develops in pregnant women. Although no specific cause has been identified, researchers have found similarities between people who develop melasma:

  • Dark skin
  • Sensitivities to certain hormones
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Stress
  • Frequent exposure to sunlight

What Are the Benefits of Melasma Treatment?

Melasma treatment helps you feel more comfortable about your appearance, and when you feel good, you are healthier on every level.

How Do I Know If I Have Melasma?

You may have melasma if you experience dark patches of skin on your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. Other conditions mimic these symptoms, so the best way to know if you have melasma is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hopkins.

What Should I Expect from Melasma Treatment?

Melasma develops during pregnancy due to the changes in hormone levels, so the condition may resolve after childbirth when the body rebalances. Birth control has the same effect on hormones, so Dr. Hopkins may recommend discuss alternative birth control options if your melasma is bothersome. Topical creams are available to lighten the skin. You can also make lifestyle changes, such as avoiding extensive periods of sun exposure and using a daily sunscreen.

How Much Does Melasma Treatment Cost in Monroe, LA?

Dr. Hopkins bases her treatment options on the specific needs of each patient, both from a clinical and emotional perspective. The best way to find out how much your melasma treatment will cost is to schedule an appointment at Hopkins Dermatology.

Be Healthy, Be Beautiful. Contact Hopkins Dermatology Today.

Although treatment for melasma is not necessary from a medical standpoint, you may want to learn about your options due to the cosmetic effects of the condition. Dr. Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D., board-certified dermatologist,offers melasma treatments for both men and women in Monroe, Shreveport, the Ark-La-Miss and the surrounding areas of Northeast Louisiana. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.