Melasma in West Palmdale, CA

Melasma, also known as chloasma, occurs when irregular patches of dark skin appear on the face or forearms. These tan or brown patches often occur symmetrically over the forehead, nose, cheeks, or upper lip. The appearance of melasma sets it apart from other conditions that cause darkening of the skin. Melasma is not at all uncommon and is found more often in women. It can be caused by sun damage or from hormonal fluctuations, such as with pregnancy and menopause. People with darker skin types are far more vulnerable to melasma than those with lighter complexions. At Sandhu Dermatology & Med Spa, we proudly treat melasma regularly at our West Palmdale, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi, CA practices where we provide numerous treatments that can lessen the appearance of the cosmetic condition.

There are several possibilities for treating melasma. First, there are several topical ointments, lotions, or gels that can be given to help promote skin lightening. Second, there are skin care procedures, such as Dermapen®, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or fractional lasers. Another alternative is intense pulsed light therapy or IPL. Unlike lasers, which utilize intense focused light, IPL is intense BroadBand Light™ so the recovery time is short. Results generally last when the individual implements good sun protection and upkeep.

Melasma is recognized by discoloration or hyperpigmentation, typically on the face. Three kinds of common facial patterns are recognized in those with melasma:

  • Centrofacial (center of the face) – hyperpigmentation amid the upper lip, nose, chin, forehead, and cheeks
  • Malar (cheekbones) – melasma patterns around the upper cheekbone
  • Mandibular (jawbone) – hyperpigmentation along the jaw

I see Michelle the Nurse Practitioner and she is amazing at what she does! She is very honest and doesn't recommend things that won't benefit you. Thank you Michelle for doing my cosmetic treatments. Highly recommend

R.V. Yelp

Front staff, back staff and Provider Michelle was awesome. Everyone was really helpful

M.R. Yelp

I am so upset right now, I was a new client going in for my very first visit for Botox , my appointment was at 4pm and they literally just called me at 3:05pm to tell me she is rescheduling my appointment to Tuesday, not even giving me the option or explaining why. This appointment was reserved one month ago. That is very unprofessional and they definitely lost a new client. The girl in the front needs training she comes off as very rude and is always calling out. They should’ve given me a heads up at least one to two days before but one hour before the procedure is very inconsiderate and unprofessional. ***UPDATE*** The Office Manager Eloísa called me to apologize for the bad experience I encountered. She made me feel comfortable and secure enough to give them a chance to do the services I wanted. I went in on 4/12 and had a great experience with Eloisa, Michelle and Lora. Overall I do recommend Sandhu Dermatology, thank you ladies for the great experience.

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My mother was a new patient here a week ago. The reception lady with the glasses was a bit rude but the back office was so sweet the medical assistant was so nice and genuine I forgot her name but she's young with green eyes you can't miss her and dr harika was amazing definitely would recommend I will like to say thank you to them.

E.R. Yelp

My skin is absolutely flawless! Thanks to the Sandhu doctors; they are not only good at what they do, but their customer service is exceptional. I love going back each time!

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If you suffer from melasma and are tired of trying to conceal it with makeup, or you are tired of spending extra money on over-the-counter treatments that do not give you the results you would like, we invite you to contact Sandhu Dermatology & Med Spa to schedule a consultation. Melasma requires a special diagnosis so that the perfect treatment can be provided. If the incorrect treatment is applied, the skin might become worse. With convenient locations in West Palmdale, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi, CA, we are here to provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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