Melasma Treatment

Melasma Treatment in Edmonton

Laser therapy is a popular choice for the treatment of melasma, especially since it offers several benefits. For one, laser therapy is relatively affordable and can be completed in a short amount of time. In addition, the procedure is relatively painless and has minimal side effects. Most importantly, laser therapy can provide patients with significant improvements in their skin tone and pigmentation. Although laser therapy is not a cure for melasma, it can help significantly reduce the appearance of dark spots and improve overall skin health.

Options for Melasma treatment in Edmonton

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition that results in dark patches on the face. The exact cause of melasma is unknown, but it is thought to be related to hormones. Pregnant women are especially susceptible to the condition, which is why it is sometimes referred to as “the mask of pregnancy.” People with dark skin are also at increased risk of developing melasma. In addition, melasma may be triggered by certain medications, such as birth control pills or steroids. sun exposure can also make the condition worse. Treatment for melasma typically involves the use of lightening creams and sunscreen. In some cases, laser therapy may also be recommended.

People with Melasma have large patches darker than the rest of their faces. Moreover, their patches are almost identical in share on the left and right sides of the face. However, Melasma may also develop on other parts of your body due to extensive sun exposure. Typically, brownish-colored patches occur on the cheekbones, forehead bridge of the nose, and chin. Additionally, it may appear on the neck and forearms. Although the skin darkening does no medical damage, you may feel self-conscious about how it appears.

What are the available treatments for Melasma in Edmonton?

There are several treatment options available for melasma, including Fraxel laser, microneedling, chemical peel, and hydrafacial. Fraxel laser is a type of light therapy that can help to reduce the appearance of dark spots. Microneedling is a procedure that involves using fine needles to create tiny punctures in the skin, which can help to stimulate collagen production and improve the overall appearance of the skin. A chemical peel is a technique that uses chemicals to exfoliate the top layer of skin, revealing new and healthy skin underneath. Hydrafacial is a facial treatment that uses a special device to cleanse and exfoliate the skin while simultaneously delivering powerful antioxidants. These are just a few of the many treatment options available for melasma. Talk to us about which option is right for you.

You may need to return for follow-up appointments and adhere to particular skincare procedures to minimize the chance of melasma recurrence. These include limiting your exposure to the sun and using a sunscreen every day. Our goal is to even your skin color and not to cure Melasma.

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Melasma Results at Albany Laser Centre

Melasma is a completely harmless condition. However, it is one of the most difficult skin conditions to treat, and it is classified as a chronic pigmentation disorder. If you are looking for a single treatment that will completely eradicate Melasma, you should be aware that such a treatment has not yet been invented. Our protocol has been meticulously tailored to achieve the best results possible by combining skin resurfacing, melanin targeting, and melanocyte inhibition.
We use a combination of HydraFacial, Fraxel, Fotona lasers to resurface the skin, the Spectra laser to target melanin, and HydraFacial and a prescription bleaching cream to inhibit melanocytes. We focus on reducing Melasma patch color to be as even as possible with the rest of the skin. It takes at least four sessions to achieve such results.

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Melasma Treatment Summary

Session Duration

Fotona or Fraxel laser session takes 45 to 60 min, and HydraFacial take 30 to 45 min


The downtime depends mainly on the type of treatment. It is longest for Fotona laser and shortest for HydraFacial

Session Numbers

The patient should plan for minimum of four treatments over the span of 8 months

Level of Discomfot

The downtime depends mainly on the type of treatment. It is highest for Fraxel laser and lowest for HydraFacial and Spectra

Session Frequency

The Melasma treatment sessions could be repeated every four to eight weeks.
Melasma might get darker before it responds to the treatment. Most clients observe best results four to eight weeks after the last treatment

Melasma Treatment FAQs

Individuals who had melasma during pregnancy and do not want to conceive again are excellent candidates for laser therapy. Candidates for laser therapy include those whose melasma is resistant to previous therapies and those seeking faster results.
There are risks associated with laser therapy for melasma. These adverse effects include redness or discoloration, burning, stinging, and the possibility of infection due to topical anesthetic allergies. Certain lasers, notably vascular lasers, do not seem to be effective in the treatment of melasma. Others have the potential to exacerbate melasma by creating hyperpigmentation, especially on Black and dark skin, so make sure to choose the treatment provider wisely.
We will use a combination for the following lasers Fractional Fractional laser resurfacing, often called Fraxel, creates minute holes in the skin, stimulating the creation of new, healthy skin cells. There is a prickling feeling associated with the process, and often a topical anesthetic is used before the surgery. Immediately thereafter, your skin appears red or discolored, as well as raw. However, your skin will seem brighter and more even after 3 to 5 days of healing. IPL An intense pulsed light (IPL) laser employs many wavelengths of light to target certain hues in your skin. Because this therapy may potentially exacerbate melasma in some skin tones, it is essential to visit a dermatologist prior to beginning. Q-Switch The Q-Switch laser, often known as The Spectra®, releases energy into your skin that breaks down melanin into tiny bits that your body subsequently removes. Additionally, Q-Switch may bleach your hair, which may create a stinging feeling.
During the recuperation process, protect your skin from the sun. It is critical that you avoid excessive sun exposure. Otherwise, any therapy will fail. We will walk you through all post-treatment processes and advise you on the finest items to use. To avoid melasma worsening or recurrence after treatment, constantly apply sunscreen with a high SPF, especially on overcast days.
Avoid exposure to the sun for about four weeks before the treatment. On the day of the procedure, wash exhaustively with soap and not wear any makeup. Your dermatologist will counsel on what you should expect. This is where you should tell us if you have any history of allergic reactions to topical anesthetic or any medical condition.
Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center offers the most comprehensive laser selection in Edmonton, with options for every skin type. Hundreds of Edmonton residents have benefited from our staff’s assistance in treating melasma and restoring their skin tone and color. Despite the fact that numerous treatments and procedures are available, managing melasma treatment and the pigment is a serious issue. Laser technology has become a welcome relief, providing numerous treatment options for pigmentation on the dermis or mixed pigmentation. Laser treatment is one of the most remarkable procedures for eradicating unwanted facial pigmentation.

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Melasma Treatment Complete Guide

What is your skin type?

There are six known skin types according to the melanocytes activity and sensitivity: People with type 1, 2, 5, 6 skin would not usually have melasma. Skin type 4 is the main skin type that suffers from melasma. Melanocytes are very sensitive, and some factors such as the sun and the change of hormones can easily tip the balance of melanocyte levels.

Why choose Albany Laser and Cosmetic Centre for melasma treatment?

The Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center has the biggest laser selection in Edmonton to fit every skin type. Our staff has helped hundreds of Edmontonians treat their melasma and restore their skin tone and color. Even though many treatments or procedures exist, managing melasma treatment and the pigment is a serious problem. Laser technology has become welcome relief and offers numerous treatment options for dermal or mixed pigmentation. Laser treatment is one of the most remarkable procedures for getting rid of unwanted pigmentation.

What is Spectra Laser Nanosecond Q-Switched Treatment?

This high-energy laser beam penetrates the Melasma area and cooks the melanin within the skin cells (melanin is the pigmentation in our skin and extra melanin is the cause for melasma and pigmentation). Our laser expert at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton chooses the laser settings to be selective to the darker skin only, without affecting the normal skin.

How does Laser work?

Melanin pigments will absorb carefully applied energy to break up the melanin (which will change the chemical structure). After that, our immune system recognizes that this melanin is not good anymore and will start to get rid of it. The laser can also reset the melanocyte’s thermostat and restore the balance.

Why is it difficult to treat?

Choosing the wrong Laser may result in activating the melanocytes (remember, they are very sensitive). Thereafter, this may result in melasma getting worse. Therefore, it is important to choose the right Laser, power plus width.

What Laser wavelength does Albany Laser and Cosmetic have?

The wavelength of the Spectra Laser Nanosecond Q-switched comes in four distinct forms: 532 nm, 585nm, 650nm, as well as 1,064 nm in nanosecond pulses (specially designed for melasma treatment and melasma removal).

Melasma paradigm

We have some good news and bad news. However, The bad news is that there is no single treatment or pill that can treat melasma. The good news is that we can help you by designing a tailored protocol that considers your skin type, melasma trigger, and type of melanin.

The epidermis holds the secret.

The epidermis is the outer layer of skin and is an accumulation of dead cells called the stratum corneum. It is important to point out:

Epithelial layers

There is a thin layer of epithelial cells (skin stem cells). These epithelial cells multiply indefinitely, providing a seemingly limitless skin cells (keratinocytes) supply. New keratinocytes push out the old ones, and keratinocytes migrate continuously from the epithelium to the skin surface. This is referred to as skin resurfacing.


These pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) are found next to the epithelial layer and supply the pigment color (melanin) to the skin cells and the outer skin color. Thus, melanocytes produce pigment packs and send them to the keratinocytes so that by the time they reach the surface, they are full of the pigments that give the skin its color and contribute to the melasma

What to do before Spectra Laser treatment

Avoid exposure to the sun for about four weeks before the treatment. On the day of the procedure, wash exhaustively with soap and not wear any makeup. Your dermatologist will counsel you on what you should expect. This is where you should tell your health professional if you have any history of allergic reactions to topical anesthetic or any medical condition. The cost of Spectra Laser Nanosecond Q-switched costs is between 200-400 per session for Melasma treatment. Prices may vary from one location to another and on the size of the target area. How deep the pigment also affects the cost of the treatment. Additionally, if you want to enjoy maximum benefits from the treatment, you will need to go for approximately four to six sessions. The procedure must be spaced three weeks apart.

What Can Spectra Laser Nanosecond Q-Switched treat?

Spectra Laser Nanosecond Q-switched is a mild laser that gives off energy pulses in nanoseconds to eliminate or reduce skin pigmentation. With Spectra Lasers, fine lines, pigmentation, and textural irregularities can be treated efficiently.

Fractional Photothermolysis

Non-ablative fractional lasers were designed to address the negative effects of standard ablative lasers while still accomplishing the therapeutic objective. They do not attain the same therapeutic effectiveness as ablative agents but have a less severe side effect profile.

Fractional Photothermolysis

Non-ablative fractional lasers were designed to address the negative effects of standard ablative lasers while still accomplishing the therapeutic objective. They do not attain the same therapeutic effectiveness as ablative agents but have a less severe side effect profile. This technology combines the efficacy of ablative and non-ablative lasers in order to treat disorders such as melasma. The technology generates pixilated light in three dimensions to create microthermal zones of thermal injury (MTZs). The tiny thermal injury zones allow for fast epidermal healing while also resurfacing. It is distinguished from ablative skin resurfacing by the absence of a homogeneous epidermal or dermal damaged patch.

Fraxel Laser

The controlled injuries to the dermis result in the release of inflammatory mediators that modify the dermal matrix by boosting collagen production and fibroblastic activity. We use the Fraxel 1550nm laser extensively in Melasma treatment. The protocol includes repeating the laser treatment every six to eight weeks. In comparison to pre-treatment, this approach leads to a decrease in melanocytes and a lack of melanin in the surrounding keratinocytes. The Fraxel laser, which is Health-Canada approved for the treatment of melasma, may produce results comparable to those obtained with CO2 lasers. It is connected with a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complications.

Fotona Laser

The Fotona Er:YAG laser has demonstrated superior outcomes in skin resurfacing with less downtime and fewer adverse effects compared to other laser modalities. Treatment of epidermal type melasma using a variable square pulse (VSP) Er:Yag laser is successful. The square-shaped VSP Er:YAG pulses allow for more precise heating, maximizing effectiveness. Downtime is significantly reduced with this approach, and the secondary PIH seen cured within two weeks. However, VSP Er:YAG has lower clinical effectiveness than Fraxel.

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