If you suffer from melasma, you know how aggravating it can be. Although very common, this skin condition may cause you to feel distressed and self-conscious.

Fortunately, there are safe and effective ways to combat melasma. Laser treatment is an excellent option for melasma resistant to skin lightening or chemical peels.  

What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that causes brown or blue-gray patches or freckle-like spots, usually on the bridge of the nose, forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and chin. It can also appear on the forearms, neck, and shoulders. It affects over five million people in the United States. 

Unfortunately, melasma can be very difficult to treat, which is why it is so frustrating. Treatments can remove surface discoloration, but your skin may still have high melanin levels that react to UV rays. The result is that sun exposure causes your skin to return to a discolored, patchy condition.  

Laser Treatment for Melasma 

Laser treatment is a safe, effective melasma treatment with many benefits for those who haven’t responded to other procedures. During laser treatment, a physician or aesthetician uses a specialized device to deliver high-intensity laser pulses for very short periods. The pulses destroy pigment particles, reducing pigment output from melanocytes and eliminating the hyperpigmented spots on your skin. Laser treatment also activates natural collagen production, regenerating and renewing your skin. 

Benefits of Laser Treatment for Melasma  

1. Laser treatments provide faster, more effective results 

Microdermabrasion, another common melasma treatment, usually requires biweekly or monthly glycolic acid peels combined with fading creams. Microdermabrasion temporarily smooths and evens out your skin’s surface, but its effects are superficial. It doesn’t change your skin on a cellular level. Laser treatments are considered permanent. 

2. Laser treatments target only affected skin cells 

Unlike with microdermabrasion, skin care professionals can customize and target laser treatments. Because lasers treat only the affected skin cells, laser treatments don’t damage the surrounding skin and tissue. Microdermabrasion scrubs off the surface of your skin, making it more susceptible to damaging free radicals in the air. Laser treatment causes small wounds that encourage new, healthier skin growth. 

3. Laser treatments don’t require downtime

Following laser treatment for melasma, you can return to your daily activities immediately. The worst side effect you can expect is minor redness, like a sunburn, that can last up to three hours.  

4. Laser treatments have other benefits for your skin

Laser treatments treat your skin deeply, providing many benefits in addition to treating melasma caused by hyperpigmentation. Lasers destroy carbon particles and help eliminate oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and other impurities, encouraging your body to replace dead cells with new ones. Lasers also improve your skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, resulting in a smoother, more radiant complexion. Heating the skin’s layers boosts collagen and elastin production to naturally tighten skin and remove wrinkles, making laser treatments an excellent alternative to invasive plastic surgery. 

Ink-B-Gone Laser Treatment for Melasma

Ink-B-Gone is Denver’s premier tattoo removal specialist. We use the PicoWay RESOLVE laser system to remove tattoos and treat melasma, sun and age spots, acne scars, and wrinkles. The PicoWay laser is powerful and effective, using a picosecond laser beam with high power and ultra-short pulses. Ink-B-Gone owner Shelley Novello is a certified laser technician who has served thousands of patients with customized treatment plans targeted to their specific needs. Follow us on Instagram and X to learn more.