Jessnmomf in Milwaukee, WI asks:

Will a doctor perform a face lift and while doing so get rid of the melasma on the forehead and cheeks?

Facelift surgery does not resolve, improve or make worse melasma. Melasma is a hyperpigmentation of the skin and is related to a number of medical conditions such as pregnancy. Treatment is difficult, but is non-surgical. Topical medications and skin lighteners can be helpful. Other treatments include chemical peel and laser resurfacing. Nonetheless, a physician skilled with quick identification of the problem and instructions to minimize the potential for worsening of the melasma or recurrence of the melasma after treatment is important and valuable.

David Q. Santos, MD

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon