Tucson Lifestyle May 2016 : Page 4

Q For Your Skinformation. I started using some prescription creams for my melasma last year. At fi rst I noticed improvement, but then the creams seemed to stop working, and now I feel discouraged. Is there anything else that would help me? Melasma is one of the most common and oftentimes most frustrating skin conditions. There is much that is not understood about this disorder that causes brown patches to appear on the face, usually in women. Melasma responds readily to treatment in some patients but may be resistant in others, and as you experienced, a treatment may become ineff ective over time. We have seen our best results with a combination of products and lasers and specifi cally the ResurfX portion of the treatment. Q A I have to see my dermatologist several times a year because I develop many pre-cancerous spots on my face, which he treats by freezing them. Well my sister has the same problem and she recently had a laser treatment for the pre-cancers. Can you tell me more about this? Pre-skin cancers are caused by sun damage accumulated over our lifetime, and they are exceedingly common. If left untreated, they can progress to potentially life-threatening skin cancer. There are many ways to treat these spots, including freezing and prescription creams. The national standard, when asked of board certifi ed dermatologists, is that the best treatment is CO2 laser resurfacing. A ® © 2014 Skin Spectrum Jody Comstock, M.D. Tina Pai, M.D. Faiyaaz Kalimullah, M.D. 520.797.8885 6127 N. La Cholla Blvd., Suite 101 skinspectrum.com

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