Melasma Specialist

NorCal Medical and Aesthetic Center

Hussam Kujok, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetic Specialist located in Carmichael, CA

The only symptom of melasma is the uneven pigmentation and brown patches that usually appear in the center of the face. Many aesthetic problems like melasma can have a significant adverse emotional impact. At the NorCal Medical and Aesthetic Center, Dr. Hussam Kujok treats melasma using advanced laser technology, helping you feel better about your appearance right away. Call the Carmichael, California, office for an appointment, or book one online.


What is melasma?

Melasma is the appearance of brown patches, typically occurring on the cheeks. Increased pigmentation located either superficially or deeply in the epidermis is responsible for it. The dark patches usually appear symmetrically on both sides of the face.

While melasma can occur on any part of your body that sunlight regularly strikes, it’s far more common on the face and neck.

Aside from the change in skin pigmentation, there are no other symptoms of melasma, but it can often make you feel self-conscious about your appearance.

What causes melasma?

Melasma is more common in women and often occurs during the later trimesters of pregnancy. For this reason, it’s also referred to as chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy.” It’s often linked to estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones.

Melasma may also develop due to:

  • Oral contraceptives
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Hormone replacement therapy

People with darker skin and those who live in tropical climates are more likely to get melasma.

If your melasma is associated with pregnancy, it will disappear shortly after delivery. Similarly, if oral contraceptives caused it, the pigmentation will slowly fade once you stop taking them.

What are the treatment options for melasma?

There are numerous treatments to even out the appearance of your skin and attempt to balance the pigmentation, including:

  • Laser therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Topical steroids
  • Creams such as tretinoin

You should also use sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re out in the sun for more than 15 minutes.

Laser treatment is especially effective at treating melasma and evening out skin discoloration. Dr. Kujok has had repeated success utilizing laser technology that delivers short pulses to break down the pigment, stimulating new skin growth.

Dr. Kujok and his professional team at the NorCal Medical and Aesthetic Center treat melasma with advanced laser therapies. Call or book online to learn more.