Cosmetic Dermatology

SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic Overview

SpaMedica’s Cosmetic Dermatology Clinic in Toronto is a one-of-a-kind facility that unites the best cosmetic dermatologists in Toronto with the latest and most advanced technology and lasers in Canada.

Our skilled Cosmetic Dermatologists have been in practice for over 20 years, have treated thousands of patients. They have pioneered treatments for Mole Removal, Blood Vessel Removal, Birthmark Removal, Rosacea, Brown Spot Removal, Wrinkle Reduction and Laser Tattoo Removal.

SpaMedica is dedicated to providing our cosmetic dermatology patients with the highest level of aesthetic skincare, as well as the most advanced and effective technology and laser skin solutions to achieve beautiful, attractive skin.

What is a Toronto Cosmetic Dermatologist?

A Cosmetic Dermatologist is a Board Certified practitioner who is focused on the treatment of cosmetic issues affecting the skin. SpaMedica’s Toronto’s skin specialist include Dr. Paul Cohen and Dr. Ingrid Jarvis.

What Skin Conditions Do the SpaMedica Toronto Cosmetic Dermatologists Treat?

The cosmetic dermatologists at SpaMedica treat a variety of cosmetically concerning skin conditions. Below are some commonly presenting concerns of Cosmetic Dermatology patients in Toronto.

Rosacea, Vascular Discoloration and Spider Vein Disorders

Some of the many conditions treated at the SpaMedica’s cosmetic dermatology center include the red discoloration of the skin such as small red and blue spider veins, blood vessels, rosacea, erythema and flushing. These are generalized inflammatory conditions that lead to dilation of blood vessels and redness, skin sensitivity and even acne eruptions.

These red discolourations and disorders of the skin include rosacea and rosacea-like illnesses. They can be treated with a variety of topical prescribed skin products, oral medications, or laser and light devices such as vascular lasers.

SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatologists have the luxury of treating their patients in Canada’s largest private laser centre with the latest laser technology. 

For more information, review the Rosacea Toronto page or the Spider Vein Removal page.

Brown Discoloration, Sun Damaged Skin, Freckles, Sun Spots & Brown Pigment Disorders

The SpaMedica dermatologists are experts at treating brown spots, brown discolouration, photo-aging (UV light damage), hyperpigmentation and dyschromia caused by sun damage.

There are many reasons for unsightly brown spots such as age, sun exposure, genetic risks of melasma and hyperpigmentation.

To treat these skin issues, SpaMedica’s Toronto Cosmetic dermatology team uses a variety of topical skin treatments and medically prescribed bleaching agents. They also utilize state of the art laser and energy devices such as:

  • Intense pulsed light (IPL) Photofacials 
  • Nanosecond King
  • Revlite
  • Picosure 
  • PicoWay

For more information on the treatment of brown discoloration, see our sun spot removal page and/or our Sun Damaged Skin pages.

Wrinkles, Furrows, Folds, Lines & The Signs of Aging

SpaMedica’s Cosmetic dermatologists are experts at treating unwanted lines, folds and wrinkles. The techniques used to manage these include the use of fractional Fraxel CO2, Radiofrequency (RF) and ablative lasers such as:

  • OCynosure SmartSkin CO2
  • The Syneron CORE CO2 
  • The Invasix Fractora
  • Intracell
  • Infini
  • eMatrix

They also combine Botox Injectable and Dermal Fillers to boost the laser’s effects. 

Our cosmetic dermatologists can also utilize non-ablative fractional lasers and RF devices such as:

  •  The Palomar 1540nm non-ablative laser
  • The Cynosure 1440nm and 1320nm fractional non-ablative laser
  • The Syneron Ematrix
  • Affini


IntraCell devices can also be utilized to reduce the sign of wrinkles gradually.

CO2 and RF ablative lasers achieve favourable results but do come with downtime. The use of the Enerjet, a propulsive technology that propels soft tissue fillers superficially within the skin itself, allows for greater finesse in treating fine and deep lines and wrinkles.

See our Wrinkle Removal for more information.

Treating Enlarged Pores & Skin Texture Irregularities

The SpaMedica cosmetic dermatologists can effectively treat enlarged pores with the use of advanced fractional lasers, radio frequency (RF) devices and modern laser and energy treatment devices.

We offer fractional non-ablative laser and RF devices such as:

  • The Palomar 1540nm
  • Cynosure 1440nm-1320nm 
  • The eMatrix
  • The Fractora
  • Intracel 
  • Infini

We provide non-ablative RF bulk heating with devices such as the Venus Freeze, Exilis and Forma that heat and tighten porous skin, which Enerjet can propel fillers into enlarged pores to reduce them.

See our Enlarged Pores or Rough and Uneven Skin pages for more information.

Stretch Marks Treatment

Stretch marks are over distended and tensile loaded skin with microfractures and collagen fractures (like stretching an elastic band), leading to white, silvery stretch marks or red discoloured stretch marks that can be aesthetically unattractive.

Toronto Stretch mark patients can develop stretch marks as a result of growth, weight loss/weight gain or childbearing.

SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatologists have a variety of excellent ways to treat the different stretch marks. Red stretch marks are turned white with a host of red treatment lasers. White stretch marks (hypotrophic marks) are treated with a whole array of new technologies such as: 

  • The EnerJet
  • Fractional ablative lasers
  • Non-ablative lasers 
  • Fractional radiofrequency devices 
  • Under the skin heating systems.

For more information, visit our Stretch Mark Reduction page.

Scar Removal, Reduction & Treatment

Acne scars, traumatic scars and inflammatory scars can all be treated expertly by the SpaMedica cosmetic dermatologists.

Our team are experts in the use of red colour correction pulsed dyes lasers, IPL light devices and soft tissue fillers to treat scars and improve their appearance.

The use of energy devices such as the EnerJet, Fractional Radiofrequency Lasers, or Ablative and non-ablative devices can all be used alone or in combination to improve the appearance of unwanted scar tissue.

For more information, visit the Scar Reduction Treatments page.

Acne & Acne Scar Treatment

The SpaMedica cosmetic dermatologists are experts in the treatment of both acute acne and Acne Scars, depressed cysts, hyperpigmented acne scars and skin irregularities.

Your SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatologist will put together the most effective and customized acne treatment program for your skin. The Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial or the Pulsed Dye laser is combined with fractional laser and radiofrequency devices that can make tremendous improvements in the appearance and reduction of acne. 

The red and brown colour at the base of the scar can be reduced, and the scar itself will be evened. Blue light combined with a photodynamic topical chemical called ALA (aminolevulinic acid) can be very useful, especially when coupled with stratum corneum reduction peels. 

Medically prescribed oral and topical acne medications and skincare are often used in combination with the laser and energy devices.

For more information, visit the Acne Scar Reduction page.

Birthmark Treatment & Removal

Brown birthmark patients can also be treated with advanced laser technologies at SpaMedica. Before treatment, Toronto Cosmetic Dermatology patients with large brown birthmarks need to be assessed by our team to ensure there is no skin cancer, such as melanoma. 

Certain hereditary brown birthmarks can be treated with high-tech, ultra-modern brown spot removal lasers such as the new Picosure and PicoWay devices. 

These devices use an ultra-short picosecond to shatter pigment and effectively remove it with diminished risk of lightening (hypopigmentation) the underlying skin. The Cynosure Revlite, Syneron PicoWay, Gentle Alex pro, Cynosure Accolade and Elite 755 nm wavelength lasers are also very useful when treating birthmarks.

Visit our Birthmark Removal Treatment page for more information.

Laser Tattoo Removal

Our cosmetic dermatologists have at their disposal the latest laser tattoo removal technologies, including the new generation of Picosecond and Nanosecond lasers. These give our cosmetic dermatologists the most effective, efficient and versatile tattoo removal lasers in Canada.

SpaMedica has over 20 years of laser tattoo removal experience and expertise. Also, SpaMedica cosmetic dermatology patients get the benefit of not only the PicoSure and PicoWay but the Revlite, Accolade and Affinity nanosecond lasers, if there is any resistant tattoo ink.

In general, a 75% reduction of a tattoo can be achieved in as few as six treatments. This compares to 14-16 treatments just two years ago, before the advent of the picosecond lasers. Even ink pigments that used to be traditionally difficult to remove, such as red, yellow, orange, blue, purple and light green ink, can be effectively treated with these revolutionary new tattoo removal lasers.

For more information, visit the Laser Tattoo Removal page.

Mole Removal

Unwanted moles, either uncoloured, raised, flat or coloured, can be removed with modern laser techniques, carbon dioxide, shave excision, and nonsurgical procedures that can leave less of a mark or blemish behind once the mole is removed.

Larger moles can be expertly removed, and the scar treated post excision to eliminate or reduce discoloration.

For more information, visit our Mole Removal page.

Unwanted Raised Lesions & Inflammatory Conditions of the Skin

The SpaMedica cosmetic dermatologists have a wide array of laser ablative devices, as well as blood vessel lasers to remove unwanted raised irregular lesions of the skin, smoothen out pores, correct texture and diminish inflammatory scars.

See our Scar Removal Page for more information.


How are the Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures Performed?

Toronto cosmetic dermatology patients who undergo laser treatments are usually performed under topical anesthesia with or without an air chilling device.

Occasionally topical cryogen (freezing spray) is combined with laser treatment. Sometimes a local anesthetic is used before its treatment with a topical dermatologic laser.

Most patients find cosmetic dermatology treatments extremely tolerable and can often return to work the same or the following day.

What Kind of Recovery Occurs After Cosmetic Dermatology Treatment?

The recovery after a cosmetic dermatology treatment in SpaMedica’s Toronto clinic will depend on the laser and energy treatment that is delivered. Generally, radiofrequency devices may have several days of redness and crusting and be treated with topical antibiotic ointment.

Treatments for unwanted brown discolouration or blood vessel lesions will usually leave no disruption of the skin surface other than slight scabbing, scaling or bruised discolouration. These can often be camouflaged with makeup.

Toronto cosmetic dermatology patients that visit SpaMedica will be advised at the time of their consultation what kind of recovery time will be required.

Many patients proceed with their cosmetic dermatology treatment immediately following their consult, while others will plan ahead if there is some degree of mild or moderate downtime required.

How Many Treatments Are Required for my Cosmetic Dermatology Therapy?

Most cosmetic dermatology problems will require 1-3 treatments, which are usually performed 4-8 weeks apart. At the time of your cosmetic dermatology appointment, your cosmetic dermatologist will carefully examine your skin, discuss with you the risk and benefits of the various options, and you’ll be informed of the pricing structure and recovery time of each option.

What is Involved in My SpaMedica Toronto Cosmetic Dermatology Consultation?

Upon your initial consultation, you will fill out the necessary medical history forms and consult goals and expectations. You’ll then have a personal private consultation with a SpaMedica Toronto skin doctor, as well as an experienced medical aesthetician.

The options and outline of the program of treatment(s) that will be needed to improve your cosmetic skin concern will be outlined, as well as the costs. You can even proceed with your first treatment following your initial consult!

What are the Side Effects, Risks or Complications of Cosmetic Dermatology Treatments?

The risks of cosmetic dermatology treatments are low and usually easily managed. The risks and complications can include prolonged erythema, slight lightening or darkening of the skin, textural irregularities, infection and even (fortunately rarely) scarring.

By ensuring that you see a SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatologist, you significantly reduce your risk of complication because of their experience and multiple different lasers, RF and energy devices at their disposal.

Using the “right device for the right indication” ensures the highest degree of success and the least likelihood of a complication.

There’s no cost to these treatments if there’s a complication during your SpaMedica Cosmetic Dermatology therapy.

Verified for Accuracy
The medical information on this page has been reviewed and verified for accuracy by Dr. Stephen Mulholland.

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