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    Treat Sun Spots and Melasma at Anand Medical Spa

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    Treat Sun Spots and Melasma at Anand Medical Spa

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    At Anand Medical Spa in NYC, our top priority is maintaining your natural beauty.  When it comes to robbing your gorgeous glow, there are few things more to blame than sun damage. As part of our end-of-Summer Rejuvenation Series, let’s examine two visible manifestations of sun damage, and even more important, what can be done right now to treat them.

    Sun Spots

    Sun spots are darkened areas of the skin that are a result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Melanin – a naturally occurring pigment in the skin – is produced as a protective factor in response to sun exposure. Many men and women love the effect of this protective response when they are younger, but, as we age, the production of melanin in over-exposed areas may continue long after sun exposure ends. These unsightly darkened areas are referred to as sun spots. Often seen in areas over-looked when applying sunscreen; sun spots commonly appear on the forearms, hands, top of head, and face.

    Melasma

    To be clear, melasma does not appear as a result of exposure to UV rays. Melasma is a hormone-driven pigmentation disorder. However,  melasma is made worse by exposure to the sun and is impossible to treat when sun protection is not worn on a daily basis. Often seen on pregnant women, melasma is commonly referred to as the “pregnancy mask”. This is due to a hormone secreted by the placenta that activates melanin – the pigment causing cells in the skin. Melasma is most commonly seen around the upper lip, eyes, and cheeks.

    How To Treat Sun Damage

    Both sun spots and melasma are the result of over-active melanin (pigment) cells. The key for reducing the appearance of both disorders is a combination of in-office professional treatments and topical lightening agents.*

    Photo Credit: SkinMedica.com

    Anand Medical Spa’s Fall Rejuvenation Series feature a series of SkinMedica Chemical Peels that address each client’s specific level of pigmentation. SkinMedica Peels are medical-grade and can only be administered by a licensed professional.  They are safe for all skin types, and when used in conjunction with a professional home care lightening regimen, greatly reduce the appearance of pigment disorders such as sun spots and melasma.

    With regards home care, for decades hydroquinone (HQ) has been widely regarded as the gold-standard in skin lightening. However, in recent years HQ has been banned in countries around the globe because of the adverse physical effects of long-term use.  In response, many companies such as Anand Medical Spa partner SkinMedica have created effective lightening products for at-home use without this harmful ingredient.
    Dealing with unsightly sun spots and melasma? There is something you can do! Connect with us online or call us today to take advantage of our Fall Skin Rejuvenation Special!

    *Because Melasma is triggered by hormones in some cases it may fade with time such as after childbirth.

    About the Author:

    Dr. Sunanda Chugh is the CEO and Medical Director of Anand Medical Spa and is a board certified physician and has been in practice for 10 years now in NYC. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has completed her training at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Chugh has worked and trained with top Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologist in NYC and her special interest on the impact of the aging process on facial structure and the body as a whole inspired her to specialize in Aesthetic Medicine.

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