What is Melasma?
A deep form of hyperpigmentation and brown discoloration on facial skin, most commonly appearing on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. Hormone changes along with sun exposure are triggers for Melasma.
“I suffer from hyperpigmentation issues due to acne scarring and Melasma. I was 100% satisfied with the Spectra laser, would recommend it to anyone, and definitely do again. I received many compliments and am told I have an overall glow. I’m 31 and most don’t believe me because of my skin.”
— Olympic Dermatology Spectra Laser patient, February 2017
How Does Spectra Laser Treatment Work?
The “gold standard” Spectra Laser is FDA-approved and very effective in reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, brown spots, freckles and deeper pigment such as Melasma on the face. The laser targets and breaks down the pigment into smaller particles that can be removed naturally by the body. It leaves skin warm, bright and smooth. Treatments typically have minimal to no downtime but may include temporary redness and a mild sunburn like effect that can last 2-24 hours afterwards. Pigmented lesions may create prolonged heat, puffiness and a mild crusting depending on treatment level. Pigment changes can occur with the treatment of melasma and areas can darken as the pigment is being targeted by the laser. This darkening to pigmentation is temporary and can resolve over 4-6 weeks. Individuals receiving treatment should always wear sunblock if going into the sun and avoid sun exposure which can retrigger pigmentation.
What are the Benefits?
- Reduces or eliminates the appearance of age spots and pigment
- Safe for most skin types
- Quick and comfortable procedure
- Can treat deeper more stubborn pigmentation
- Evens out skin tone and color
- Minimal to no downtime
How Many Treatments are Recommended?
It depends on the severity and depth of your skin’s pigmentation. Treatments are spaced out every 4-6 weeks. Our experienced cosmetic providers and laser specialists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan to maximize results. Discounted procedure packages are available.
Make an appointment with one of our one of our experienced cosmetic providers and laser specialists by calling 360-459-1700 or schedule online. We look forward to helping you to healthy, glowing skin that feels and looks great. Initial cosmetic consultations are always free.