Laser Melasma Treatment

Laser Melasma Treatment
in North Hollywood

Laser Melasma Treatment

Using the Candela PicoWay®
for effective melasma treatment

At Pure Skin Laser Center, we use the FDA-approved Candela PicoWay® laser for melasma to lighten skin hyperpigmentation and other blemishes without irritation.
Laser Melasma Treatment
Laser Melasma Treatment
Here’s how our Candela PicoWay® works as a laser melasma treatment:
Emits photoacoustic energy to target pigments beneath the top layer of the skin – effective for both epidermal and dermal melasma
Minimizes heat on the outer skin layer, which means it won’t damage surrounding tissues
Tested and proven safe for a range of skin types (Fitzpatrick Types II-V)
Short 15 to 30-minute sessions that can be scheduled during your lunch hour
Safe to use as short-term or long-term laser treatments for melasma
Safe to use together with other treatments, including topical products
Treats melasma in both men and women

Why many prefer Candela PicoWay® 
over other melasma treatments

The Candela PicoWay® is considered the most effective and the best laser treatment for melasma for the following reasons:
It doesn’t peel the skin

Unlike chemical peels that use a harsh chemical solution, this melasma laser is gentler for your skin. It allows the hyperpigmentation to fade off slowly without serious downtime.

It has guaranteed results

The Candela PicoWay® is the most effective treatment for melasma and can yield better results than any topical product. The best thing is it’s suitable for almost every skin type and color.

It targets melasma like a tattoo

As a laser treatment for melasma, PicoWay® targets the dark pigments deep down and fragments them out for a more even complexion, even for those with aging skin.

It also treats other imperfections

Aside from melasma, this laser also lightens other blemishes that come its way. This includes acne scars, freckles, wrinkles, Nevus of Ota, lentigo, stretchmarks, and even multi-color tattoos.

It only needs a few treatments

On average, you’ll see substantial results from melasma treatment before and after with as little as 3 to 4 treatments. You can always get further sessions to lighten the pigmentations even more.

It’s relatively painless

Our clients say that the sensation only feels like a rubber band snapping on their skin. We also use a topical numbing cream to make your treatment sessions as comfortable as possible.

What to expect from the Candela PicoWay® melasma laser treatment

If you’re looking for the perfect skincare system, the Perfect Derma™ Peel might be the best choice. Here’s what you can expect if you decide to try this treatment:
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Before the procedure

When it comes to melasma and laser, you should avoid sun exposure, tanning cream, or tanning beds at least 4 weeks before your appointment. Our technician will also conduct a one-on-one consultation to understand your expectations and tailor the treatment to your skin.

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During the procedure

Make sure you arrive with clean skin without any makeup or product. Once the melasma treatment with laser starts, you’ll feel a snapping sensation, but don’t worry because we will apply a numbing cream to minimize your discomfort. Sessions last for 15-30 minutes.

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After the procedure

You’ll notice a white-gray discoloration right after the treatment, which will fade in a few days. A scab may also form, which will fall off on its own within 10 days. Overall, you’ll see the full results slowly unfold within 6 to 8 weeks. You may need around 4 treatments, depending on the severity of your melasma.

What is melasma?

Melasma is a hyperpigmentation that causes light brown, dark brown, or blue/gray patches to appear on your skin. While it’s common to see melasma on the face, it can also affect your neck, arms, back, and any part of your skin exposed to sunlight.

Melasma often appears as flat patches and may initially look like large freckles on your cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. You can develop it at any age, but those in their 50s are at a much higher risk.

Although melasma is very common, it also comes with a serious psychological effect. It can easily ruin your confidence and self-image. It’s even more frustrating because melasma is challenging to erase, unlike other zits or blemishes.  

Laser Melasma Treatment
Laser Melasma Treatment

But with the Candela PicoWay®, you’ll have an effective and scientifically proven treatment to lighten melasma. It has shown real and lasting results in just a few treatments.

So, if you’re frustrated over the dark pigments on your face and tired of hiding it with makeup, you can book an appointment with Pure Skin Laser Center to try the Candela PicoWay® laser today! 

Common causes of melasma

Various factors can trigger melasma, including the following:
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Sun exposure

Too much UV exposure causes overproduction of melanin, leading to uneven and blotchy skin patches on the face and other exposed parts of the body.

Laser Melasma Treatment

Referred to as “the mask of pregnancy”, melasma is attributed to the increased levels of estrogen and progesterone that trigger melanin production.

Laser Melasma Treatment
Certain medications

Birth control pills, anti-seizure drugs, retinoids, and specific blood pressure medications can trigger the onset or worsen the dark patches on the skin

Laser Melasma Treatment

Research suggests that increased cortisol or ‘stress hormones’ in the body may cause melasma, especially when combined with other risk factors.

Laser Melasma Treatment
Thyroid problems

Studies found that under-active thyroids (hypothyroidism) stimulate the overproduction of melanin and stubborn skin patches like melasma.

Laser Melasma Treatment
Hormonal changes

Menopause, hormonal therapies, and certain medical conditions can alter melanin production and distribution on the skin, causing melasma.

Laser Melasma Treatment
Laser Melasma Treatment
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Meet our
Evgyenia Stepanova
It all started with our beautiful founder — Jenya Stepanova. She is a registered nurse, who graduated from West Coast University, and has more than 10 years of experience in Aesthetic nursing.
She has been utilizing healthcare and esthetics expertise to provide a wide range of aesthetic/cosmetic skin treatments and developing individualized therapeutic skin-care program and long-term relationships with clients.
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Laser Melasma Treatment
Andrea Arcaya
Andrea is an experienced Aesthetic register nurse, who graduated from National University.
She joined Evgenia years ago to provide the community with the best care possible. She has been working in the beauty industry for over 10 years and always pursue her goal to make each client meet their dream image.
See melasma before and after treatment with Candela PicoWay®
Check these laser for melasma before and after photos and know why our clients choose it over other treatments.
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See what happy clients say about our laser treatment for melasma
Patricia M.
“I love this place! I would never trade it for any other laser center! I always see Andrea she’s my go to always! My first laser appointment was with her & let me tell you I was scared! I was so nervous. She made me feel 100% comfortable & explained everything from beginning to end! I would recommend her & this place 1000/10.”
Madeline P.
“This will be my first time going in to see Andrea. I have met her before. I accompanied my mother to her appointment just so I can get a feel of the experience. Andrea made it super easy, stress-less (if that’s a word LOL) and comfortable WHICH WAS MY MAIN CONCERN!!!”
Darina Vld
“Andrea made my first experience with laser so pleasant. She provided me with best strategy for hair removal, answered all my questions and was very delicate!”
Liam Henry
“Andrea was such an amazing aesthetician. She took her time and was very detail oriented. Explained everything and made me feel very comfortable. Would highly recommend! 10/10 experience”
Srp B
“I used to go to a different laser center but they were so rude. So I decided to bring my daughter here so she does not have the same bad experience as I did. The staff is so lovely. The place is clean. The prices are very reasonable. My daughter loves it. I highly recommend this place.”
Railia Gabbasova
“I always love and enjoy my visits to Pure Skin Laser Center. Andrea does my laser, she’s great. Painless, fast and most importantly effective. Highly recommend a visit.”
Jillian R.
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Pure skin laser center! They make the process so easy no matter what service you are getting, the staff is so friendly and so helpful! All of the nurses are so gentle and let you know every step of the way what’s going on. I definitely recommend it to everyone!
Laila C.
I went in for my first laser treatment and was impressed by how professional and welcoming everyone was. The nurse went over everything before and during the treatment and I was pleasantly surprised that it was painless!!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Since the Candela PicoWay® is not tested for use during pregnancy, we always recommend expectant mothers to wait before getting this treatment. At the same time, we suggest that you ask for clearance from your doctor to ensure that it will be safe for you and your baby.

Yes, laser treatments like the Candela PicoWay® are FDA-approved and proven to be safe for almost every skin type (Fitzpatrick Types II-V). If you’re unsure whether it’s a good choice for you, contact us, and our specialist will give you a free 15-minute consultation.

On average, you’ll need at least 3 to 4 sessions to see substantial results on your melasma. These treatments are spaced out within a span of 2 to 8 weeks, depending on how sensitive your skin is. Our technician will advise you about this during the consultation before the procedure.

While our procedure is suitable for almost all skin types and colors, we don’t recommend it for those with open wounds and infections in the treatment area. The laser energy may worsen the irritation or damage to this already-compromised skin condition.

With this treatment, you’ll see improvements in your melasma after 3 sessions. For those with mild pigmentations, results can be obvious right after the first appointment. Always remember that the results depend on how intense your pigmentation is and your body’s response to the laser treatment.

We usually space out treatments at least every 2 weeks to allow your skin to heal from the initial treatment. In some cases, we recommend a waiting period of 3 to 4 weeks before scheduling the next session.

Unfortunately, melasma can come back after the treatment. The good thing is you can minimize the risk by reducing sun exposure, wearing sunscreen, and avoiding stress. You should know that if you have a family history of melasma, you’re genetically predisposed to recurring hyperpigmentation.

Unlike chemical peels or topical products used to treat melasma, our laser is proven to yield actual results. It uses ultra-short laser pulses that target the pigments directly. Also, it converts laser into pressure instead of heat, which eliminates the risk of damaging surrounding tissues.

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