Melasma: breaking the curse of deep, difficult to treat skin discolouration
Melasma is a very common skin problem that causes brown or grayish patches to appear, typically on the face. Many get the spots on their cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. Other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck, are also common sites of melasma. Sun exposure is indeed the main cause of melasma, as sun damaged skin can present in many unpredictable ways, including sun spots, freckles, brown spots, age spots, redness, uneven skin tone, roughened skin texture, lines and wrinkles, sagging, or even lesions. But hormones may also be a factor in triggering some cases—it is very common among pregnant women. The good news is at SpaMedica in Toronto, you have viable options when it comes to treating even the most stubbornly discoloured skin.
The miraculous PicoFacial
The invention of PicoFacial laser treatments and UniversSkin melasma lightening home skincare products means that patients can now effectively treat melasma. The PicoFacial, with its ultra-short pulse duration, uses photoacoustic sounds waves rather than heat to shatter the pigment. Over the course of multiple treatments, patients see a significant reduction of pigment in the discoloured brown area. The procedure is simple and quick, and can be performed hassle-free on an outpatient basis. The number of treatments you need will depend on your unique requirements, but usually four to six treatments result in at least a 90% reduction of your brown spots! Treatments are typically four to six weeks apart.
PicoFacial patients at SpaMedica in Toronto will pay $799 for a single treatment and $2,999 for a package of five treatments. The simple laser procedure requires no downtime. The treated area may swell and turn white for about an hour. The spot will subsequently turn pink and form a small crust, and possibly blister. Within seven to 10 days, the crust falls off and fading is noticeable. It will then continue to fade over the next six weeks!
Maintaining your results
Dr. Mulholland may recommend a “protect your investment” treatment or additional combination therapies once every three to four months. Some opt for radiofrequency treatments to combat laxity, or fractional laser treatments to improve skin texture, irregularities, and fine lines as aging naturally progresses post-treatment. Proper sun protection should be observed as well. So make sure to wear moisturizer, a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and sun protective clothing.
The specialists at SpaMedica are pioneers in the treatment of sun damaged skin and discolouration. Our clinic offers multiple wavelengths, lasers, and fractional devices to optimize your overall cosmetic outcome. As Canada’s largest private laser center, you can count on a selection of over 40 high-tech skin laser and energy systems at your disposal. Providing the best laser or combination of devices to eradicate your melasma, sun spots, or freckles is something we have years of experience perfecting. Book a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto to get started today!