One of the more challenging and sad skin conditions that we regularly see and treat is melasma - sometimes called the mask of pregnancy. Living in the sunny climate of Tahoe, this condition can be so difficult as a key part of successfully treating it is finding ways to minimize sun exposure. Melasma can affect anyone, but is most commonly seen in women with Asian or Mediterranean coloring. It is frequently triggered or exacerbated by changes in hormone levels, notoriously during pregnancy or with any form of birth control (pills, patches or IUD’s) that contain artificial hormones. It 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 and carry high risks of causing melasma-like pigment after treatments, called 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.