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Hyperpigmentation & Melasma Treatment

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    1-3 days
  • Average Cost:
    Varies on the procedure
  • Anesthesia Required:
Woman's side profile with hyperpigmentation on cheeks

About Hyperpigmentation & Melasma

Melasma, a type of hyperpigmentation, is a skin condition that causes dark splotches on the skin that contrast with the lightness of the surrounding unaffected skin. Melasma, also referred to as “chloasma” or the “pregnancy mask,” are dark, discoloured spots that range in size from tiny, freckle-like dots to large patches. Melasma most commonly appears on the cheeks, forehead, chin, and bridge of the nose, but it can also be found on the forearms and neck.

Commonly asked questions about Hyperpigmentation & Melasma

Before undertaking any procedure, you will want to be confident in your knowledge. Find the details on Hyperpigmentation & Melasma here.

1. What is hyperpigmentation & melasma?

Melasma is a common type of hyperpigmentation caused by excessive melanin production. Melanin is responsible for skin darkening, areas of the skin with excess of melanocytes will overproduce melanin and darken the affected skin. Melasma can also be caused by hormonal changes, including pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives. While hyperpigmentation poses no serious health risks, it can have a negative impact on a person’s confidence and self-esteem.

2. Am I a good candidate for hyperpigmentation & melasma treatment?

You may be a good candidate for hyperpigmentation & melasma treatment if you have:

  • Skin concerns such as dark spots/ splotches, skin discoloration, & pigmentation
  • Age spots, referred to as “liver spots”
  • Realistic goals and expectations
  • Are committed to long-term maintenance
  • Good overall health

3. What are the treatments for hyperpigmentation & melasma?

There are several treatment options available to treat hyperpigmentation and melasma. Some common types of treatments include:

  • Chemical peels – This treatment, also known as skin peels, reduces the appearance of dark spots and can be effective in treating pigmentation issues by rejuvenating and restoring the surface of skin.
  • Laser treatments – Laser treatments, such as laser resurfacing or IPL, address the source of the problem by stimulating natural biological processes that work to correct the issue and revitalize the skin.
  • Topical treatments – Topical de-pigmentation treatments, such as Cosmelan or SylfirmX, can often soften or eliminate mild to severe pigmentation. The treatment improves skin luminosity and tone while reducing melasma and post-inflammatory pigmentation.
  • Physician grade skin care products – A customized regimen addressing pigmentation concerns can be followed at home using products and treatment kits designed to help the skin become clearer and more even-toned, resulting in visible results.

4. How long do results last?

While there is no cure for melasma, the results of treatment can help improve the appearance of the skin. Melasma will typically lighten and fade over several weeks or months. However, in some cases, discoloration may become darker before becoming lighter. For some individuals, improving their melasma may necessitate ongoing professional treatments.

5. What are the risks of hyperpigmentation & melasma treatment?

Treatments for hyperpigmentation and melasma are relatively safe, but with any cosmetic treatment there are potential risks. Some of the risks and side effects include, but are not limited to:

  • Redness of the skin
  • Slight swelling
  • Skin sensitivity
  • More hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation

6. How much does hyperpigmentation & melasma treatments cost in Canada?

The cost of treatment for hyperpigmentation & melasma depends on the type of treatment received and the total number of treatment sessions. The cost of hyperpigmentation & melasma treatments in Canada range between $200 to $2,500.