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Melasma Treatment – PicoLazer


Melasma is a skin condition that causes dark, discolored patches. New Skin & Body Aesthetics uses PicoLazer to treat melasma — with exceptional results.

Symptoms of Melasma

Melasma patches are darker than the patient’s usual skin color and may appear on the cheeks, forehead, chin, bridge of the nose, neck, forearms, and other areas of the body that receive frequent sun exposure. Though the discoloration does not cause any harm, patients may feel self-conscious about the appearance of patches.

Causes and Risk Factors

Scientists have not yet identified a clear cause of melasma, however the condition may be associated with estrogen and progesterone sensitivity. This means pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone therapy can trigger melasma. Additional causes include stress and thyroid disease. Darker-skinned individuals are at increased risk of developing melasma compared to fair-skinned individuals.


Melasma is diagnosed with a visual examination. The healthcare professional may perform a Wood’s lamp examination, a testing technique that involves holding up a special light to the patient’s skin to check for bacterial and fungal infections and determine how many layers of skin have melasma. Some patients may also need a biopsy to check for other serious skin conditions.


Treatment Options

Melasma may disappear on its own if it is caused by pregnancy or birth control pills. In other cases, patients may need to use creams or topical steroids to help lighten the affected areas. Other treatment options include chemical peels, dermabrasion, and microdermabrasion, which help to remove top layers of skin and lighten dark patches.

However, these procedures are not guaranteed to completely lighten melasma patches and some patients may need to return for follow-up visits.

Melasma Treatment with PicoLazer

New Skin & Body Aesthetics offers a highly effective melasma treatment that involves the use of PicoLazer, the latest generation of Picosecond lasers considered the most advanced treatment for melasma because it generates a minimal amount of heat.

Heat causes skin discoloration to spread, which is why most lasers cannot be used to treat melasma. But PicoLazer uses a 450-picosecond pulse speed to create photo-acoustic energy that helps clear melasma.

The primary goal of melasma is to remove the pigment and the secondary goal is to prevent the formation of new patches of discoloration. PicoLazer treatment is effective for 80% of patients with melasma, including men with melasma. Patients with darker skin types will need additional protocols because their skin produces more melanin.


Results of PicoLazer Treatment

It’s important for patients to set realistic expectations for treatment results. Because melasma is a complex skin condition, it may require multiple attempts involving different treatment modalities. Patients need to understand that treatment may be lengthy and expensive, and the results can vary from minimal to complete clearance.

The number of treatments necessary will vary depending on the patient’s unique condition. Typically, patients will need a minimum of three initial treatments followed by one maintenance treatment every six months. The condition may return if underlying triggers are still present.

Recovery Process

Patients may have some redness at the treatment area that should subside within 48 hours, but there is no downtime or discomfort. Treatments should be spaced at least four weeks apart.


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