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Melasma occurs when there is an overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives color to our skin, resulting in dark brown or gray patches. The exact cause is unknown, but it is often associated with the following:


Research has shown that genetics may play a role in the development of melasma. If you have a family history of melasma, you may be more likely to develop the condition yourself. However, the exact genes responsible for melasma have yet to be identified.


Hormonal changes are another factor that can contribute to the development of melasma. Women are more likely to develop melasma than men, and it is most commonly seen in pregnant women (also known as the "mask of pregnancy"). Hormonal changes associated with birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can also trigger melasma.


Sun exposure is a significant factor that can contribute to the development and worsening of melasma. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can stimulate melanin production in the skin, forming dark patches. Protecting your skin from the sun by wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure during peak hours is essential.


Dr. Alizadeh is proud to provide the following laser treatments:


MOXI™ is by far the most impressive technology available for treatment of Melasma. Moxi uses a patented unique wavelength that gently removes the pigments with minimal inflammation and is safe for all skin colors. This non-ablative laser treatment uses a unique wavelength to target pigmentation and stimulate collagen production. This gentle and effective treatment makes it an excellent option for melasma patients and the results are simply remarkable. MOXI™ can also help improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


HALO™ is a hybrid fractional laser that uses both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to target pigmentation and stimulate collagen production. This treatment can be customized to your specific skin concerns and is safe for all skin types. HALO™ can help reduce the appearance of melasma, as well as other skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven texture.


BBL® HERO™️ is a broadband light treatment that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to target pigmentation and stimulate collagen production. This treatment is safe for all skin types and can help reduce the appearance of melasma, as well as other skin concerns such as sun damage, age spots, and acne scars.


Alizadeh Cosmoplastic Surgery offers the TRL™ (Tunable Resurfacing Laser) technology, which is highly effective in treating deep lines around the mouth and eyes caused by years of sun damage. The treatment results in a more youthful and radiant appearance with smoother and clearer skin.

The patented "Forever Young" technology used in BBL™ (BroadBand Light) treatments employs intense pulses of light to reduce the face's undesirable red and brown pigmentation, offering a choice for facial rejuvenation. This treatment can also be applied to any part of the body where signs of aging must be addressed.

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Before melasma treatment, Dr. Alizadeh will conduct a comprehensive skin assessment using the VISIA® Complexion Analysis System. This state-of-the-art imaging tool evaluates your skin's overall condition, age, and surface and subsurface skin conditions. Additionally, the VISIA® simulation can predict the expected outcomes of specific laser skin resurfacing treatments. The recorded data is an excellent tool for comparison and evaluation after treatment. Based on the results of the VISIA® Complexion Analysis, Dr. Alizadeh may recommend one or more of the laser skin rejuvenation treatments listed above.


Dr. Alizadeh, an Associate Professor of Surgery at New York Medical College and former Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, has extensive experience utilizing laser skin resurfacing technologies to treat melasma. His advanced devices are designed to safely and consistently address various skincare issues while enhancing patient comfort and yielding pleasing and long-lasting outcomes.

Dr. Alizadeh's remarkable achievements include holding the prestigious Professor of Clinical Surgery position at New York Medical College, training over 100 plastic surgeons, serving as an oral examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery, producing numerous peer-reviewed articles, and presenting over 100 international lectures. He also played a critical role as the primary clinical trial investigator for the FDA, contributing to developing medical devices used in various surgical and non-surgical treatments. Dr. Alizadeh has received global recognition for teaching surgical techniques to hundreds of surgeons across 27 countries and demonstrating an unwavering commitment to philanthropy through Mission: Restore, where he provides free healthcare to needy patients.

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To determine the most suitable laser skin rejuvenation device for your pigmentation concerns, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alizadeh today. You can request your appointment online or call 212.348.0100 (Manhattan) / 516.439.5010 (Long Island).

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