Melasma

Melasma Brown Spots or Hyperpigmentation

Laser Medica is one of the best places in Canada to manage your melasma. Our staff of outstanding Physicians and Aestheticians can offer both a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of your skin, and also discuss all the treatment options including: sunscreen recommendations, prescription creams, over the counter treatments, physician-grade skin products exclusive to our clinic, and education on natural and alternative treatment options. As well, our Laser medical Clinic  offers peels (medical-grade), and medical-grade laser as well as Fractional laser to fade the brown spots and discolouration of the skin.

Melasma Brown Spots or Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition presenting as brown patches on the face of adults. The most common sites of involvement are the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, and upper lip.

Who Gets Melasma?
Melasma mostly occurs in women. Only 10% of those affected are men. Dark-skinned races, particularly Hispanics, Asians, Indians, people from the Middle East, and Northern Africa, tend to develop melasma more than others. For more information, click here.

What Causes Melasma?
The precise cause of melasma is unknown. People with a family history are more likely to develop melasma themselves. A change in hormonal status may trigger melasma. It is commonly associated with pregnancy and called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy.” Birth control pills appear to increase the risk of melasma, however, hormone replacement therapy used after menopause has not been shown to cause the condition.

What is IPL Limelight?

The Cutera LimeLight is a non-invasive intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment that helps restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance. Limelight can be customized for different skin tones and aging skin conditions. The result is improved skin tone and a reduction of visible imperfections and discoloration. An exceptionally effective skin revitalization treatment with minimal discomfort, Limelight is especially effective at treating uneven skin tone.

– Dr. Zoe Filyk

Procedure Time: Depending on the area being treated, treatment time can range from 45 minutes to one hour.

Number of Sessions:  One to three treatments will usually provide excellent results, but people with excessive sun damage or may require additional treatments.

Before the Procedure: Clean thoroughly and shave if necessary to allow for maximum delivery of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) energy to treatment areas. Gel is usually applied to help cool the skin during treatment.

During the Procedure: Patients will feel a mild pinching or stinging sensation with the delivery of each pulse of light. No painkillers or anesthesia  are required.

After the Procedure: Brown or red spots begin to darken and skin may appear slightly red and swollen. Swelling and redness typically diminish after a few hours, but can last up to a day. Makeup can be applied to cover redness.