Houston & Pearland, TX

Melasma Treatment

Introduction to Melasma Treatment

Melasma is a skin condition that creates patchy dark spots on the face or other parts of the body. It may occur as a result of hormonal changes such as those experienced during pregnancy or menopause. While these areas of hyperpigmentation can go away on their own, in some cases, they remain for years.

If you’re tired of dealing with persistent discoloration of your skin tone, wherever it may be, consider treating melasma at Premier Plastic Surgery. Dr. Christopher Hankins and his staff proudly treat melasma and serve residents in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

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What is a Melasma Treatment?

Melasma symptoms are thought to be caused by several factors, such as genetics, sensitivity to the sun, specific birth control, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), and hormonal changes that increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. 

Sun exposure has also been found to trigger melasma and skin discoloration. Patients who do not practice regular sun protection are far more likely to develop melasma.

At Premier Plastic Surgery, our staff is highly skilled and trained in diagnosing and treating melasma and other skin conditions with specific laser treatments, chemical peels, and medical-grade topical skin bleaching creams.

What Are the Benefits of a Melasma Treatment?

Patients who opt for melasma treatments have reported the following benefits:

  • Decrease and remove pigmentation for a more even skin tone
  • Blocking pigmentation and the formation of dark patches
  • Restoration of skin to original skin color
  • Increased self-confidence

Who Are the Best Candidates for a Melasma Treatment?

Patients of any age, sex, or skin color may benefit from melasma treatments. Melasma may be more common in the following candidates who have or are experiencing the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Post-menopause
  • Hypersensitivity to sun exposure

Some patients with darker skin tones may need a different treatment methodology than patients with lighter skin tones. Dr. Hankins is experienced in treating all skin types. Please schedule a consultation so we can help you assess all your options.

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Melasma Treatment First Step

What’s the
first step?

Dr. Hankins will meet with you in a private setting, allowing you to feel comfortable as you take advantage of the personalized experiences offered in our cosmetic-oriented practice. You and Dr. Hankins will be able to determine whether one or a combination of melasma treatments is best for you.

If you’re considering melasma treatments in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston, call us to schedule your consultation today.

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What to Expect From a Melasma Treatment

Melasma treatments may involve some or a combination of the following:

  • Laser treatments to target specific areas of the skin to create an even, smooth complexion
  • Chemical peels to exfoliate the surface layer of the skin to reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Medical-grade topical skin bleaching creams to decrease or block melanin production

Since hypersensitivity to the sun can worsen melasma, it is also recommended that post-menopausal women discuss hormone replacement therapy, broad-spectrum sunscreen, and their risks for melasma with their treating physician.

Melasma Treatment Cost

How Much Does a Melasma Treatment Cost in Houston, TX?

The cost of melasma treatments will depend on several factors, including the severity of each patient’s case, the type(s) of treatment applied, and the frequency of sessions needed to achieve the desired results.

We don’t want finances to prevent you from getting the cosmetic surgery you want and deserve. To that end, Dr. Christopher Hankins is committed to making it as affordable as possible, including offering alternative financing solutions to his patients in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the surrounding areas of South Houston.

We understand that sometimes it can be challenging to pay for cosmetic surgery. Dr. Hankins and his entire team at Premier Plastic Surgery want to ensure that your choice of procedures is as affordable as possible. One way we do that is by offering complimentary consultations to all our patients.

Please note: We charge a no-show fee for consultations and require a credit card to schedule an appointment.

We offer several payment options, including LendingUSA® and United Medical Credit. If you have any questions about the fees or financing for your treatment or procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.

We also accept:

  • Cash or Check: personal check, cashier’s check, or cash
  • American Express
  • VISA
  • MasterCard
  • Discover 

Payment is due in full before the start of treatment. You can use payment options individually or in any combination you choose. Feel free to contact our office about your financing options.

Why Choose Dr. Hankins?

Christopher Hankins, MD, is a plastic surgeon specializing in facial, breast, and body aesthetic surgery. He also has advanced training in hand surgery, breast reconstruction after cancer, and other reconstructive surgical procedures. Dr. Hankins completed five plastic surgery fellowships with highly distinguished physician mentors in the United States and the United Kingdom, including a Plastic and Microsurgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine and a Hand Surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Hankins earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his General Surgery training prerequisite for Plastic Surgery as established by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Hankins served as the Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at Lake Jackson Hospital from 2011 to 2014 and continues to treat wound care patients at his Premier Surgery Center and Lake Jackson Hospital.

In addition to his practice in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Hankins is actively involved in the study and clinical application of anti-aging medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Hankins has authored 19 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and serves on the editorial boards of four medical journals and as a reviewer on three others. He has been a presenter on various plastic surgical topics at the regional, national, and international levels.

Dr. Hankins has participated in plastic surgery medical missions in Peru, Bolivia, and Pakistan, where he performed a number of surgical procedures on disadvantaged children and adults. He sits on the Boards of Directors of both the Agris-Zindler Children’s Foundation and the House of Charity.

Dr. Hankins treats patients in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the neighboring communities of South Houston, but no matter where you come from, you will be in expert hands!

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Melasma Treatment FAQ’S

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You don’t have to live with spots or large patches of hyperpigmentation anywhere on your body. To learn more about melasma treatment at our clinic, contact us today with your questions or schedule a free consultation. 

We’re committed to improving the lives of the residents in Houston, Pearland, Lake Jackson, and the neighboring communities of South Houston.

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