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What is Melasma and How Can I Treat It?

Melasma is a pigmentation disorder that can cause brown or gray patches to appear on your skin. It is a common condition that often arises on the face, particularly on the forehead, bridge of the nose, cheeks, and upper lip.

While melasma can occur in men, it is almost always seen in women. Some of the most common causes of melasma include changes in hormones from pregnancy or birth control pills, sun exposure, and irritating skin products.

Although treatment is not always necessary for melasma, many patients look for it as it can help improve their overall skin tone and make them feel more confident. Here at Premier Vein, we are pleased to offer a revolutionary melasma treatment through the PicoSure laser.

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PicoSure Laser and Melasma Treatment?

Traditionally, conventional treatment has used broad-spectrum photo protection, followed by topical compounds, peels and laser therapy. Although phototherapy and laser therapy are effective for an initial period, often the melasma returns, along with some hypo and hyper-pigmentation (PIH), which is caused by too much heat or thermal energy in the skin surrounding the treated area.

While traditional laser treatments may make melasma worse, PicoSure laser treatments can significantly improve the condition. Through this treatment, short pressure waves are delivered into the skin to shatter the pigments into small particles so they can be absorbed and discarded by the immune system. The PicoSure Laser is the ideal treatment for melasma because unlike other laser treatments, it does not generate any heat or burn the pigments. Instead, it shatters them so there is no risk of inflammation in the skin and triggering melasma.

In addition, the PicoSure laser has a one-of-a-kind picosecond pulse that allows for drastic rejuvenation in the area of treatment and leads to brighter, tighter skin with no downtime. After a PicoSure treatment for your melasma, you can resume work and your daily activities right away.

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Benefits of PicoSure Laser for Melasma

Once you’ve completed a PicoSure laser treatment for melasma, you may notice that your pigment looks darker initially, which will fade over the next two weeks. We typically recommend four treatments, four weeks apart as well as maintenance treatments every six months or so. The use of sunscreen and special medications may improve results.

  1. PicoSure technology breaks up melasma better than laser energy
  2. PicoSure provides faster, more predictable results than topical creams, chemical peels, steriods or oral treatments
  3. PicoSure laser treatments are quick, comfortable and safe for all skin types


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you are bothered by melasma on your face, hands or other parts of the body, schedule a PicoSure consultation at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein treatment center can improve your condition.

Premier Vein & Body proudly serves the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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