Treating Melasma With PicoSure Focus Lens Array

Great news:  Treating Melasma just got easier thanks to the folks at Cynosure, makers of the revolutionary PicoSure laser workstation.  Although there is no cure for Melasma, patients can achieve total clearance through a combination of therapies including PicoSure Focus Lens Array, medications like hydroquinone, and regular use of physical sunscreens, like zinc oxide.

Melasma, also called the mask of pregnancy, is diffuse, prominent facial pigment caused by overproduction of melanin in response to hormonal changes.  Although it can sometimes spontaneously resolve on its own, most Melasma occurs over a period of years and requires stringent regimens to manage.

To remove unwanted pigment, the PicoSure Focus Lens Array, which consists of >100 super-powerful micro-beams, uses a 755nm wavelength & picosecond pulse width that travels deep into the skin to shatter melanin in the dermis & epidermis.  A secondary benefit of the PicoSure’s unique picosecond pulse is “cell-signaling” that produces significant rejuvenation of the treatment area resulting in tighter, brighter skin with an improvement in texture and tone.  All that with absolutely NO downtime; the kind that is seen with ablative Fraxel and CO2 lasers.  PicoSure doesn’t ‘burn’ the pigment, it shatters it!

The treatment is generally 15 minutes in length and virtually painless when numbing cream is used prior to application.  The pigment may appear initially darker and then fades over the next 2 weeks.  I generally recommend an initial series of 3 treatments for Melasma and 2 treatments for those with unwanted pigment.  Best of all, the Focus Lens Array can be used on virtually any part of the body, with the most common being the face, neck, chest & hands.

If you’ve got unwanted pigment that you would like to have professionally removed with PicoSure’s Focus Lens Array, I can be reached in Austin, TX @ 512.479.9997


  1. Dr.Binh Huynh - Reply

    Is there anybody who tried this laser treatment? It’s hard to find the information we can trust. I’ve read many forums about laser treatment, people who have same problem usually say after laser treatment melasma comes back even worse and it’s just waste of money. Maybe it seems like it depends on what type of laser they had.

    • admin - Reply

      Hi Dr. Huynh, Thanks for your comment. I use PicoSure Focus on melasma with fantastic results. I educate patients that while there is currently no cure for melasma, PicoSure can significantly improve a patient’s appearance by (1) removing excess pigment and (2) revitalizing the skin through the production of collagen and elastin. I have found that a regimen of hydroquinnone used concurrently reduces repigmentation. Additionally, repeated use of PicoSure Focus appears to reduce a patient’s melanin production. Indeed, hypopigmentation with a 755nm wavelength is of concern in other applications, but when treating excess melanin, it is desired. Thank you, Brendan Leigh, MS, RN

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