Melasma is a skin condition that results in patches and darkened spots, most often on the face. While this discoloration sometimes clears up on its own, this may take several years, if it happens at all. Thankfully, clinical interventions can help reduce the visibility of melasma, restoring your appearance and rehabilitating your self-confidence. The Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery is a leading provider of melasma treatments in the San Diego area. Dr. Susan Kaweski has provided cosmetic treatments for over 30 years, including many non-surgical interventions that can reduce the prevalence of this common skin condition.

Why Choose Melasma Treatments from Dr. Susan Kaweski?

Melasma treatments can restore your complexion and boost your self-image, all without the need for invasive surgery or prolonged recovery times. Some of the top benefits of melasma treatment include:

Safe and Effective Results: Our melasma treatments have been proven to deliver safe and effective results, helping to reduce the visibility of melasma patches and spots for a more even and radiant complexion.
Minimal Downtime: With little to no downtime required, you can undergo melasma treatment and return to your daily activities almost immediately, without disrupting your schedule.
Comfortable Procedures: To ensure your comfort during treatment, we provide topical anesthesia as needed, ensuring a pain-free experience that prioritizes your well-being.
Quick and Convenient: Many of our in-office melasma treatments take mere minutes to complete, offering almost instant results that you can enjoy right away.

About Our Melasma Treatments

Following an initial consultation, Dr. Kaweski will provide a list of recommended melasma treatments. Some of our most popular options include:

Cartessa CoolPeel

CO2 laser therapy is a great option for non-surgical skin remodeling. The Cartessa CoolPeel provides safe, reliable results across virtually all skin types and can be used to treat melasma as well as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and more.

PicoSure Pro

Non-surgical approach using laser to diminish or remove hyperpigmented areas resulting from sun exposure, hormones or scars.


Morpheus8 combines the benefits of microneedling with the effects of RF energy, creating micro-injuries to your skin in order to kickstart your natural healing process. By rejuvenating your skin, Morpheus8 may help to minimize the effects of melasma.


Potenza is another example of microneedling technology, combined with heat energy that tightens the skin and restores elasticity. When applied to the face, Potenza can sometimes be an effective way to address signs of melasma.

Cutera ExcelV+

The popular Cutera ExcelV+ laser treatment offers non-surgical solutions to a range of vascular and pigmentary skin conditions. In addition to treating melasma, it is also a popular option for reducing the appearance of spider veins.

Zein Obagi Skincare

The ZO skincare line is one of our top recommendations. We are pleased to recommend a custom product lineup that can help you maintain a clear, melasma-free complexion.

What Is Recovery Like?

Recovery from melasma treatment is typically straightforward and well-tolerated. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and are able to resume their normal activities within a day or two after treatment. Some common side effects may include temporary redness, mild swelling, and minor peeling or flaking of the skin, which typically resolve on their own within a week. It’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions provided by Dr. Kaweski, including protecting your skin from sun exposure and staying hydrated to support the healing process. Overall, the recovery process is generally quick and manageable, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of smoother, more even skin texture in no time.

Explore Melasma Treatments in San Diego

We understand the impact that melasma can have on your confidence and self-image. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of safe and effective treatments designed to address melasma and restore a more even, radiant complexion. From advanced laser therapies to innovative skincare solutions, we tailor each treatment plan to meet your unique needs and skin type. During a personalized consultation with Dr. Kaweski, you’ll receive expert guidance and recommendations to determine the most suitable treatment option for you. Take the first step towards clearer, more beautiful skin by scheduling your consultation with us today at the Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in San Diego at (619) 464-9876.