Melasma Treatment

Inside & Out. Clear Melasma in a Whole New Way.

The Aerolase Neo Elite laser safely and effectively treats melasma on all skin types — even skin of color.


Burden of Melasma

The most commonly seen condition next to acne

Melasma is becoming increasingly common, with some dermatologists citing it as the most commonly seen condition next to acne.

Besides the apparent aesthetic effects of the chronic condition, Melasma can also have a negative impact on your patient’s mental health and quality of life.

One Study Showed Melasma Patients


These amazing results are after one treatment, with 3 – 5 typically recommended.

Our @aerolase laser is gentle enough for all skin types, and a great adjunct for melasma treatment.

Let us customize your regimen with the laser, chemical peels, sunscreens and education on the at home therapies to minimize its appearance and recurrence. Book with our fabulous aesthetician today!

Current Treatments May Not Be Enough

Melasma is notoriously difficult to treat. Typical treatments include hydroquinone or other topical compounds, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and Q-switched lasers. However, these treatments may not give you and your patients the results you need.

  • They have varying degrees of efficacy
  • Side effects include skin irritation and allergic reactions
  • Patient compliance is always an issue with topical medications
  • They only treat melasma at the epidermal layer, leaving melasma at the deeper dermal layer untouched
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Aerolase Neo Elite Laser

The Aerolase Neo Elite Laser Goes Deeper to Treat Melasma at the Dermal Level.

The Neo Elite’s unique 650-microsecond 1064nm Nd:YAG laser technology breaks up the epidermal pigment while addressing the deeper, dermal melanin and vascular components of melasma.


Breaks down hyperpigmentation at the dermal level


Decreases hyper-vascularity


Penetrates much deeper than topical treatments and Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers

A recent clinical evaluation showed up to a 50% improvement in melasma as early as 3 weeks after treatment with the Neo.

Safe for All Skin Types — Even Skin of Color 

The Neo Elite is safe and gentle on all skin types — even Fitzpatrick skin types IV through VI.

Its 650-microsecond pulse duration is shorter than or equal to the thermal relaxation time of the therapeutic target, which means:


No pain or burning


No hypo- or hyperpigmentation


No skin cooling or anesthesia required

Can Be Combined with Other Therapies

For Enhanced Results

Combination therapies have been shown to yield greater improvements in melasma compared to monotherapies.

The Neo Elite can be safely and effectively used in combination with topical treatments for improved outcomes.

Neo Elite + Cysteamine Cream

A recent case study showed effective results when the Neo Elite was used after application of cysteamine cream (brand name: Cyspera®).

The three patients in the study (representing a range of light, medium, and dark complexions) had been treated unsuccessfully with hydroquinone in the past.

Step 1: Cysteamine cream
The patients applied cysteamine cream nightly to the affected areas and rinsed it off after 15 minutes. The patients were instructed not to use any other topical therapies for their melasma.

Step 2: Neo Elite
Each patient underwent one monthly treatment with the Neo Elite for four months.
The patients all reported satisfactory results.


No irritation


No downtime


No “halos” of hypopigmentation


No diminished effects two months after treatment

Neo Elite + Chemical Peel

The Neo Elite laser is gentle enough to allow follow-up treatment with a chemical peel. Aerolase and dermatologist Cheryl Burgess, MD have developed a two-step protocol to effectively address melasma in all skin types within one treatment session.

Step 1: Neo Elite
The Neo Elite laser is painted over the entire facial area at fluences of up to 28 J/cm2.

Step 2: Chemical peel
Depending on the patient’s skin type and condition, apply either a light-to-medium chemical peel or hydroquinone compound to address the remaining epidermal pigmentation.

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