Melasma Treatment at our Denver Facility

There is a successful treatment for brown patches on the face, also known as melasma. Here at Denver Laser Solutions we skillfully turn to intense pulse light Photofacial. When used properly IPL photofacial can help clear the more superficial darker layers of pigment from melasma, while our TCA peels combined with skin bleaching ingredients are used following IPL to treat the harder to reach pigment in the dermis.

Melasma Treatment

Are you self-conscious about the brown patches on your face? Have you been diagnosed with melasma but have yet to find a solution?

Tried various over-the-counter creams and even prescription medications, but nothing seems to work?

A light photofacial from Denver Laser Solutions may be able to give you back the self-confidence and look you deserve. Although some patients may feel apprehensive at first, the staff at Denver Laser Solutions will put you at ease with our comforting atmosphere, friendly demeanor, and professional guidance.

Melasma treatment patients are often amazed at the results, with brown patches on their faces disappearing like Houdini, or appearing significantly lighter, while their overall complexion improves in brightness and tone.

What Is Melasma?

What are the brown patches on my face? The proper name for them is Melasma, a staining on the skin that resembles severe sun damage or a large birthmark. Hormonal fluctuations in the body such as contraceptive pills and pregnancy may be to blame, hence the nickname “pregnancy mask”. This intrinsic form of skin pigment lies deep in the lower layers of the skin making it more challenging to clear. We can discern that your pigment irregularities are hormone relate opposed to sun damage due to the large patch-like appearance that tends to mirror itself on both the left and right sides of the face.

What Causes Melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition characterized by brown or gray-brown patches on the face, typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin.
Although the exact cause of melasma is not well understood, it is believed to be related to a combination of factors, including:

Hormonal changes: Melasma is more common in women, particularly during pregnancy and while taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. This suggests that hormones play a role in the development of the condition

Sun exposure: Melasma is more prevalent in people with a higher tendency of sun exposure, UV radiation can trigger the melanocytes to produce more pigment leading to the appearance of the dark patches

Genetics: Melasma tends to run in families, suggesting that there may be a genetic component to the condition

Other factors: Some medications, such as certain antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs, can cause melasma as a side effect. Additionally, some skin care products that contain irritants or allergens can also trigger melasma

Despite the potential social stigma, melasma is not caused by poor hygiene or a lack of cleanliness, and it is not contagious. It is a benign condition, but for some people it can be a source of emotional distress due to its appearance.

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Photofacial Melasma Treatment

A light photofacial, also known as a laser photofacial or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment, is a non-invasive procedure that uses light energy to improve the appearance of melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation that causes dark patches on the skin.

The treatment works by delivering short pulses of light to the affected areas, which penetrate the skin and target the pigment-producing cells. The light energy is absorbed by the pigment, breaking it down and causing it to fade.

The procedure is quick and relatively painless, with some patients noting a slight warming sensation on the skin during the treatment. After the treatment, skin may feel a little tender and slightly red, but typically clears up within a few hours, a small price to pay for lasting results.

Benefits Of Melasma Treatment

Melasma treatment can provide several benefits, including:

  • Improving the appearance of dark, discolored patches on the skin
  • Reducing the visibility of freckles and age spots
  • Enhancing overall skin tone and texture
  • Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem

Helping to prevent the condition from worsening over time.

Melasma Treatment

It is important to note that Melasma is a chronic skin condition that may never fully go away and may need to be retreated annually to be kept at bay. Melasma treatment creams, such as Hydroquinone and Retin-A, along with sunscreen play a large role in continued successful results.

Non-Prescription Melasma Product Recommendation

*Stop by our office and pick up DLS Skincare HQRA, a prescription product we carry and highly recommend to help treat Melasma.


Combine Your Photofacial With A TCA Peel For MAXIMUM Lightening Results

TCA Peels are similar to MicroPeels, but stronger. The TCA peel used for treating Melasma is a custom blended treatment that includes skin bleaching ingredients which are driven deep into the skin to offer more support for lightening dark patches and removing or reducing lines and wrinkles.

Melasma Treatment Pricing


*individual spot treatments can be quoted at your free consultation

  • tca chemical peel full face

    $ 195

Mix, Match And Save On Treatments For Optimal Results

  • Combine 1 full face photofacial treatment with 2 TCA peels for a 10% package discount.
  • Combine 2 full face photofacial treatment with 4 TCA peels for a 20% package discount.
View our menu of services to see the cost of melasma.
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frequently asked questions
  • What Is A Melasma?

    Melasma can also go by the definition of “pregnancy mask,” this hormonal-induced dark patch like stain in the skin usually occurs on the face, sometimes just on the upper lip, or on the cheeks, temples, or forehead. This dark pigment is different from sun spots or freckles because it’s pigment travels deep within the skin layers making it easier to reoccur and more challenging to treat. And unlike sunspots melasma is caused by hormonal imbalances such as pregnancy, menopause, birth control, medicines, or vitamins. Although there is no cure for melasma, this skin condition can be effectively managed.

  • Any Recommended At Home Melasma Treatments?

    Absolutely, melasma home remedies are most definitely suggested to help assist in achieving great result. Although, most home extremities that you find over the counter are much better at helping you maintain improvements achieved from professional treatment rather than actually producing the effect you are really looking for. At home remedies include daily application of skin lightening ingredients and sunscreen.

  • How Does Denver Laser Treat Melasma?

    Although treatments for different skin types are recommended (see FAQ “Are there any side effects of melasma treatment?”) Generally an excellent candidate for Denver melasma treatment goes as follows: Prior to starting any home remedies such as lightening creams, an IPL Photofacialtreatment ifor melasma s the first line of defense to remove the most superficial layers of pigment. Following the laser melasma treatment you will be asked to start daily application of a prescription grade hydroquinone cream or natural skin lightening agents these creams will help maintain the benefits from your IPL treatment and also penetrate deep into the skin to start targeting the stain in the dermal layers. Two weeks following your IPL session we recommend a series of 1-3 TCA chemical peels for treatment of melasma in the dermal layers of skin. Throughout the treatment course you need to be very cautious in the sun and protect yourself from additional heat such as vigorous excessive exercise, steam rooms, saunas, or hot yoga as any type of heat not just the sun can contribute to the re-occurrence of melasma.

  • What Is The Difference Between Rosacea And Melasma?

    Very simple, rosacea is the accumulation of excessive broken blood vessels predominantly in the cheeks, nose and chin where as melasma is hyperpigmntation or tanning of the skin due to overproduction of melanocytes.

  • Do Treatments For Melasma Hurt?

    Photofacial is a light based treatment which sensation feels akin to a rubber band snap, the application of topical numbing cream and taking two Ibuprofen approximately 45 minutes prior to your treatment make it extremely tolerable. TCA peels, on the other hand, are a completely different sensation. This chemical peel is applied in layers, with each layer applied your skin will feel very warm with a tingling sensation. Approximately 5-10 minutes following the last application of TCA peel your skins PH balance will begin to neutralize and those tingly sensations will be gone.

  • Any Side Effects To Melasma Treatments?

    The risk when treating melasma is that it could get worse. Darker skin types such as Asian, Hispanic and African American are more resistant to treatment and are at greater risk if not treated properly, particularly with laser treatments. Darker skin tones quickly absorb heat produced from the laser which can “act like the sun” and create an even darker tanning of the melasma patches. In addition, the technology and creams used to treat melasma also cause sun sensitivity meaning that you can burn much easier while in the sun therefore if the client is not properly educated to use extra sun protection then melasma can get worse.

I go to Denver Laser Solutions for Botox and laser hair removal and all the girls are amazing. I usually see Mara, she is so thorough and welcoming and makes me feel so comfortable. The last time I went, she did my Botox and it’s literally the BEST job I’ve ever had. I’m very picky with my face, and this is the only place I trust for my injectables. I recommend to all my friends and family.

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