Treatment Options for Melasma

Treatment-Options-for-Melasma in Nuance Aesthetics in Salt Lake City, Utah

Melasma is a relatively common skin condition that increases the amount of melanin that your body produces. Some forms of melasma disappear on their own, but those who have chronic melasma will need to consider their professional treatment options if they want to even out their skin tone. We are proud to offer our patients multiple melasma treatments that are safe, effective, and minimally invasive.

What Causes Melasma?

This chronic skin condition results in gray or brown patches on the face, neck, chest, or arms. When you are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, your skin will respond by producing an abundance of melanin. This condition also makes the discolored patches of skin larger and more pronounced.

Treating Melasma

It is important for patients to realize that melasma isn’t a dangerous condition. The patches are nothing more than clusters of melanin that have become trapped in the outer layers of skin. That being said, some people believe that the discolored patches are unsightly. In order to get rid of the patches, your body needs to replace the melanin with fresh skin cells. Our team believes that laser facials and chemicals pills are two of the most effective treatment options for melasma.

Laser Facials

When a laser is set to a specific frequency, it will stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. Your body is “tricked” into thinking that your skin has become damaged, and it will immediately produce healthy skin cells, collagen, and elastin. Laser facials usually take less than an hour to complete, and you will most likely experience some redness and peeling in the days following your appointment. Depending on the severity of your melasma, you might need to schedule a series of treatment sessions.

Chemical Peels

The biggest difference between a chemical peel and laser facial is the fact that a chemical peel removes the surface layer of skin. By removing that surface layer of skin, we can expose the healthy layers underneath. Chemical peels may take around an hour to complete, and most patients feel a tingling sensation after the mixture has been applied to the skin. After the appointment, your body sheds the damaged cells.

Your Healthy Skin

These two treatments are great options for melasma, and our team would love to tell you more about them. If you are tired of masking your discolored skin with expensive beauty products, then it might be time to take a closer look at professional melasma treatments. Contact us at Nuance Aesthetics, located in Salt Lake City, UT, to schedule a consultation and learn more.


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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