Picoskin Melasma Specialist

Kalia Dermatology & Laser Center

Dermatologists located in Los Gatos, CA

Melasma, also known as chloasma, is a common skin condition among adults that causes light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation to develop, mainly on facial skin. Although most people who have melasma get it on their forehead, bridge of their nose, cheeks, and above their upper lip, the pigmentation can appear on any area of skin that gets a lot of sun exposure. At Kalia Dermatology and Laser Center in Los Gatos, California, Dr. Iris Gin and her top-notch team use advanced laser skin treatments to help patients from the San Francisco Bay area reduce the appearance of melasma.

Picoskin Melasma Q & A

What causes melasma?

The word melasma comes from the Greek word melas, which means black. Although the condition affects women and people with darker skin tones who live in sunny climates, melasma can affect both genders and people of all races. While the specific causes of melasma aren’t well understood, several factors can increase your risk of developing the condition, including:

  • Pregnancy, hormone medications, and hormonal changes
  • Stress may trigger the condition in some people
  • Sun exposure: Tanning beds may also trigger or worsen melasma

Melasma tends to be more noticeable during the summer, and less noticeable during the winter, when the sun is further away. It’s important to note that melasma doesn’t stem from an allergy, it isn’t contagious, cancerous, or precancerous, and it’s not an infection.

How is melasma diagnosed?

Dr. Gin can usually diagnose melasma fairly quickly, as the characteristics of its pigmentation and distribution pattern on your face are trademark signs of the condition. If Dr. Gin believes that she should rule out other possible diagnoses, she may take a tiny sample of your skin to examine under the microscope.   

Although there’s no cure for melasma, there are ways to significantly improve its appearance. First and foremost, reducing your sun exposure and wearing sunscreen along with a wide-brimmed hat whenever you’re planning to be outside for prolonged periods of time is one of the best ways to keep the condition in check. If you want to diminish its appearance as much as possible, Dr. Gin offers advanced laser technology treatments that can get the job done safely, efficiently, and effectively.

How do PicoSure® laser treatments help?

The PicoSkin laser (also known by the name PicoSure) is an excellent option for melasma treatment because it doesn’t produce heat, which would potentially increase inflammation and make the condition worse. Instead, PicoSkin laser technology delivers extremely short pressure waves into your skin that shatter darker pigmentations into tiny particles that are then absorbed and flushed by your immune system. Undergoing a series of PicoSkin laser treatments, each spaced four weeks apart, can deliver substantial improvement in melasma hyperpigmentation on your face.


Please click here to view our patient's Before & After photos for the Picoskin Melasma procedure!

*Individual Results May Vary