Melasma Treatment

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Melasma is a discoloration—marked by brown spots and uneven pigmentation—commonly found on the face. Treatment options include chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser, IPL, and more. LEARN MORE â€ş

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Here is my experience so far. This was done in West Orange New Jersey at a plastic surgeons office. It was $845.00.(Everything in N.J. is ridiculously expensive!) I had my Melanage peel 7 days ago.I am 40 years old caucasion with decent light skin with some olive undertones (tan easily) (not... READ MORE

I did the Fraxel SR750 four years ago and it spread my melasma all over my face and added PIH. After 4 years of unsuccessfully trying to fix the damage, I feel permanently scarred and disfigured and I filed a lawsuit against them. READ MORE

I personally have severe melasma from living in the caribbean and tried bleaching creams, but never really stuck to skin regimen. I tried Fraxel and did 4 treatments, at $750 per treatment. It was painful, but the pain was quick and I got great results on my melasma. However, the freckles came... READ MORE

It's been four days since I opted to have Fraxel Dual (1927) on my face for stubborn melasma. I am truly amazed - although I have to say I was a nervous wreck before hand because of all the unhappy people who have tried Fraxel. My colleague recommended her doctor, who did Fraxel on her... READ MORE

I am 42, with generally great, super-pale skin. Just a few fine lines, and some mottling due to melasma (on cheeks, and temple), plus some very minor redness on my chin and nose, and a couple scars. Fraxel Re:Store was presented as some great Fix-All way to address these concerns. I paid 3 grand... READ MORE

I had cosmelan treatment 4 months ago.i am asian skin more of jennifer lopez skin color. at first it worked wonderfully on my melasma. they disappeared in a months time. i am religiously using my cosmelan2 twice a day for 3 months then to once a day application at night time. i am using... READ MORE

Had Active FX yesterday for melasma (hyperpigmentation in my face). Relatively pain free, just a little uncomfortable, the smell and air in my face were most bothersome part. My eyes are very swollen, and any discomfort I have is confined to my eyes. Controlled with a couple ibuprofen. Cold... READ MORE

I had 3 Pearl laser treatments done on my face for melasma. It ruined my face. Not only did it not clear up my melasma but it made it worse. It scarred my face as well. It also got infected and I had to spend a week in the hospital as well. I am now left with my face in far worse condition,... READ MORE

I feel I have to leave a review, because I live in Brazil, I looked my doctor on the site (Fraxel's) and after making my first appointment, I found this site, and went into serious doubts...For some reason, and after many many questions, I decided to go ahead. I cannot tell yet about results... READ MORE

Treatment has many benefits, but was very painful. My reason was to rid myself of the sun damage spots on my face, described as melasma by my doctor, which were continuing to get worse every year. I use SPF 60 daily, but am very active outside year round. If it works, it was worth it,... READ MORE

I am happy with the IPL laser. It is really taking away my dark spots and freckles on my face. I will not however take away my melasma which is why I also am using the Triluma cream. I recently had IPL and am now using Triluma cream for the treatment of Melasma. Can I continue to take my... READ MORE

I had 3 fraxel treatments a year ago to treat moderate/severe melasma. The inital results were very good and I was very happy, almost all of the melasma was gone. But here it is a year later and the melasma is back and actually looks worse. I use sunscreen and stay out of the sun as directed... READ MORE

After a single layer TCA peel for melasma/hyperpigmentation, my skin looked great for only a few weeks, while I was still healing. After 12 weeks, I see only a minor improvement in my melasma, with some lightening of the darker spots. 90% of the hyperpigmentation has returned, only slightly... READ MORE

I had the Obagi Blue Peel in a professional environment for hyperpigmentation from melasma. The procedure made my pigmentation darker and blotchier. Prior to having the Blue Peel, I used the Obagi NuDerm products for 12 weeks and I was just about the the point where I thought about not getting... READ MORE

I just finished my 3rd (out of 4 scheduled) Fraxel Re:store a couple days ago. Definitely more swollen this time around than after the first two treatments. Redness, pain about the same. My primary goal is to get rid of melasma and anything else it will help with (brown spots from sun/acne,... READ MORE

With the Fraxel laser treatments, the Doc also used IPL so it was a double treatment for Melasma.  I had two rather large brown spots on my face (one looked like a Hitler mustache!), and wanted some tightening of the skin as well.  After treatment (which does sting), I had redness and... READ MORE

I had 4 treatments of IPL over the course of several months for melasma. I think there are some minor improvements, but not enough to make me happy. You need to consider if you have dermal or epidermal melasma (woods lamp test) as I think in some spots it made it worse. I did not know there was... READ MORE

I had 2 IPL treatments om my face for melasma. Months following the 2nd treatment I got white polka-dots all over my face. They are clustered on the rt side of my forehead and below both cheeks. They have not gotten any better after 1 year. I have used Tri- Luma, chemical peels every 3 weeks and... READ MORE

I decided to do a series of Fraxel treatments about a year ago, and just had my fourth one today. I wanted to post because I feel the root cause of many negative reviews is going to a sub-par doctor or clinic that doesn't manage the risks as easily and exhaustively as they can be managed... READ MORE

I decided to get Fraxel after giving up on all sorts of lightening creams and products that are meant to treat melasma pigmentation. After I finished nursing, I went to the dermatologist who introduced the idea of using Fraxel. It was the first time I had heard about it, so I said I would... READ MORE

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How much does a Melasma Treatment cost?

The typical cost for a Melasma Treatment ranges from $75-$1,250 with an average cost of $550. Costs will vary by surgeon, geographic region and the complexity of the procedure. Cost estimates are based on 68 patient reviews submitted on RealSelf. Learn more