Melasma, Sun Spots, and Brown Spots

Pictured above is a Brown Spot on the woman’s cheek that can be successfully treated with our laser treatments.


What is Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Sun Spots, and Brown Spots, and why do we get it?

Melasma is a complicated cosmetic issue that is not fully understood. Some of the main contributing factors that influence melasma include hormones, genetics, and sun exposure. The cells in your skin are known as melanocytes. Melanocytes produce pigment and when they become overactive and produce too much pigment it can cause dark spots around the cheeks, forehead, hands, and arms. Those with darker skin complexions are more likely to develop this condition as they have more active melanocytes.

Before and after photo of a woman who had a laser hair removal treatment

Above is an example of our hyperpigmentation melasma removal treatment. On the left is before the treatment and on the right is the result after multiple treatments. 


Melanocytes are stimulated from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from sunlight and tanning salons. Melasma, brown spots, and sun spots can appear more obvious in the summer. However, Hawaii has warm, sunny weather all year round. This makes these common skin care concerns a stubborn issue. Some brown spots such as a nevus, or birth marks, are< acquired when we are born. Those can be targeted and reduced with our laser too. Another melasma trigger is hormonal changes. Women who are pregnant may get chloasma or "the pregnancy mask." Taking hormone replacement therapy or using hormone-based birth control methods may increase the risk of developing melasma.


How to take care of skin between treatments

Melasma, brown spots, and sun spots can be managed with laser treatments and regular sunblock application. Wearing hats that shield you from the sun and sunglasses can also help. Reapplying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every two hours of sun exposure is key. Melasma may be persistent in some cases and may last for the rest of your life. It is also important to note that the sun is tremendously amplified through glass. This means that if you drive often or sit by at window at work or lounge by a window at home, you should take extra precautions.

Melasma or Hyperpigmentation 

$150 – $200

Skin Brightening Bundle

1 Melasma Treatment with Dermaplaning


Frequently Asked Question


What is the difference between Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Brown Spots, and Sun Spots?

Hyperpigmentation is a broad category of skin darkening, and Melasma, Brown Spots and Sun Spots are all types of Hyperpigmentation. Melasma is generally a large area of skin darkening such as most of the face or arms, whereas Brown Spots and Sun Spots are specific flat, circular patches of darkening on the skin in localized areas such as the cheeks.


Pictured below are Sun Spots under this woman’s eyes near her cheekbones that can be successfully treated with our laser.

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