Makeup does a decent job of covering the brown spots/patches, but it's there when you go to the gym to work out, or go to the lake, and most importantly when you look in the mirror. Unfortunately, melasma and sun damage can be an ongoing battle and it takes more than one type of treatment to reduce or remove it, and conscious maintenance to keep it away.
The three things I recommend most often are IPL, followed by a medical grade chemical peel, and maintenance with a 4% hydroquinone product plus tretinoin .05%.
Our Accelawave IPL (intense pulsed light) machine produces a bright beam of light which breaks up pigmented brown spots causing them to gently flake off over the course of treatment. The device also gently coagulates and removes blood vessels below the skin surface, without the bruising associated with other laser treatments. Photons stimulate new production of collagen from fibroblast cells for improvement in fine lines and skin tone. Depending on the severity of the melasma or sun damage you may need 3-6 treatments.