Melasma Specialist

Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS -  - Board Certified General Surgeon

Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS

Board Certified General Surgeon & Aesthetics located in West Bloomfield Township, MI

When the sun or hormonal changes cause dark patches of skin to show up in your face, you may have a condition known as melasma. At her practice in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, offers innovative, nonsurgical treatment options to address melasma skin discoloration and restore the healthy look of your skin. Contact Dr. Seman’s office today by phone or by using the online feature to learn more about treatment options for melasma.

Melasma Q&A

What is melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that causes discolored patches of skin to form on the face. These patches are usually brown or gray in color, affecting the bridge of your nose, your chin, cheeks, or forehead. The condition can also show up on other areas of your body that receive frequent exposure to the sun.

Besides the noticeable changes to your skin, melasma doesn’t cause any pain. Most people seek treatment for the condition because they’re unhappy with their appearance.

What causes melasma?

Women are at more risk for developing the condition than men, especially those with darker skin colors and ethnic backgrounds, such as Latino, African-American, or Middle Eastern.

Common causes of melasma include:

  • Hormonal changes
  • Use of birth control
  • Exposure to ultraviolet light
  • Intolerance to certain skin care products

You may also be at a higher risk for developing melasma if you have family members with the condition.

How is melasma diagnosed?

Dr. Seman can determine if discolorations on your skin are the result of melasma or another underlying medical condition during a physical examination.

To confirm your diagnosis, Dr. Seman may also recommend a skin biopsy where she takes a sample of skin for further testing.

What treatment options are available for melasma?

Melasma patches may begin to fade over time without treatment. However, if you’re dissatisfied with how your skin looks because of the discoloration, Dr. Seman can recommend one or more treatments to enhance the health of your skin.

Treatment options include topical skin treatments to lighten the color of your skin. She may also recommend cosmetic services to resurface the outer layers of your skin and reduce the appearance of melasma discoloration. These treatments include laser treatments and chemical peels.

How do melasma treatments work?

Chemical peels use a special solution that exfoliates the outer layer of your skin. The exfoliation process effectively eliminates the damaged skin and melasma patches. The new, healthier skin below shines through, looking younger and more vibrant.

Dr. Seman also offers laser treatments using the Spectra laser technology that targets the dark patches of skin, breaking up the pigmentation and reducing its appearance on your face. As a result, your skin looks well-toned and healthier.

Learn more about treatment options for melasma by calling Dr. Seman’s office or booking an appointment online.