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Fraxel Laser Approved for Treating Melasma in June 2013
Date:9/18/2013

Roslyn, NY (PRWEB) September 18, 2013

Melasma is a common skin disorder that affects an estimated six million people in the United States. In fact, 90 percent of those afflicted are women, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Melasma is often associated with sun exposure but it’s also common in pregnant women, hence the nickname the “mask of pregnancy.” Other common triggers include estrogen supplements and birth control pills. Dr. Joshua Fox, a board certified dermatologist and medical director of Advanced Dermatology PC in Roslyn Heights, NY, cautions that patients should consult a dermatologist before trying any at-home remedies for Melasma. “Some household remedies and over-the-counter treatments involve scrubbing and/or chemicals that can aggravate the skin and make the condition worse,” he says.

The good news for patients is that technologies are evolving to better treat Melasma. The Fraxel laser (a type of fractional laser) is a tool that is increasingly used to treat Melasma, especially in severe cases and in cases where it doesn’t respond to other treatments. The Dual 1550/1927 Fraxel laser received new FDA approval specifically to treat skin pigmentation problems such as Melasma in June 2013. The benefit of the Fraxel laser is that it can safely treat the cells producing pigment yet it protects the outer layer of skin at the same time,” says Dr. Fox. He cautions that patients who go this route must be vigilant about avoiding the sun and must wear a high grade UVA/UVB sunscreen at all times.

Signs of Melasma
Melasma most often affects young women with so called “olive” or brownish skin tone. The condition is characterized by skin discoloration typically located on areas o
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