One of the more challenging skin conditions that we regularly see and treat is melasma - sometimes called the mask of pregnancy, although it can also occur with birth control pills or even with no hormonal influence at all. Living in the sunny climate of Tahoe, this condition can be difficult, as a key part of successfully treating it is minimizing sun exposure. Melasma shows up as tan or brown patches of darker pigment on the face - particularly on the forehead, cheeks and upper lip.

Many laser systems are unsafe for darker skin types or patients with melasma and carry high risks of worsening melasma or causing PIH or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Only a tiny number of lasers or safe or appropriate for use on patients with melasma. Dr. Gelber’s sister actually suffers from severe melasma, and she made it a priority to acquire the finest system in the world to treat this condition, and the one consistently selected by luminaries worldwide.

If you have, or suspect you may have melasma, please contact us for a consultation at 775-298-1750 or email us at so we can discuss with you a personalized treatment plan for your pigment.