Melasma Treatment – What is it and How is it Treated?

Melasma Treatment

Melasma Toronto: Melasma, a condition of the skin that causes dark and unsightly patches, is a common concern for many people. While men can get melasma, the grand majority of sufferers are women with the highest concentrations of the patches occurring on the face – cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Fortunately, though this condition is common, it is also treatable and typically is not a sign of any other problems. In this article we’ll explore what causes melasma and how it’s treated with proven, effective methods from Canada MedLaser including the innovative new treatment, Derm-eclat.

Melasma Toronto: What Causes Melasma?

Melasma can strike just about anyone but those with darker skin are more prone to this condition and up to 90% of sufferers are female. Some research shows that the condition may be linked to hormone changes and can even be caused by hormone-based birth control, pregnancy and therapy for hormone replacement. Other possible factors that can contribute to melasma formation include: sun exposure, thyroid disease and intense stress.

Additionally, because of its link to hormone changes, it is sometimes referred to as chloasma when it occurs in pregnant women. This form of melasma typically goes away on its own and is only present during pregnancy.  It is also sometimes called “mask of pregnancy” due to its tendency to occur in a symmetrical pattern across the face causing it to look like a mask. This symmetrical quality is also common in non-pregnancy related melasma.

Melasma Toronto: How is Melasma Diagnosed?

Having dark or discolored patterns appear suddenly on your skin can be alarming. Whether you suffer from melasma or another condition, it’s important to get the right diagnosis to ensure proper treatment can be administered.

With melasma, because of its symmetrical appearance and the fact that it is a relatively common condition, a diagnosis is often possible with a simple visual check by a medical professional such as a dermatologist.

In some cases, your healthcare professional may take additional steps to determine how deeply the melasma has penetrated your skin. A biopsy, a process of testing a small sample of the affected area, may also be performed to ensure there are not more serious underlying issues.

Melasma Toronto: How is Melasma Treated?

For those who want a significant reduction of this pigmentation and an increased chance of permanent removal of the melasma, Derm-eclat is the best available solution. This unique mask works by blocking the effects of tyrosinase – an enzyme that helps form melanin and discoloration of the skin.

Melasma Toronto: Simple Aftercare for Derm-eclat Melasma Treatment

Along with having a simple, Melasma 1-session process Derm-eclat also has an easy aftercare regimen. For the most part, this includes little more than applying sunscreen on a daily basis. That being said, while the aftercare is simple, it is important. To ensure you can maintain your results, your sunscreen application should be done daily no matter the weather and an SPF of 45 or more should be used and often supplemented with a dose of Vitamin C or Hydroquinone serum.

After the Melasma treatment, you may experience some mild peeling as the process continues to work. Over the next several weeks you will see a greater reduction in pigmentation and a smoother complexion coming through. The most dramatic changes will be seen by the 6-week mark. At this point, you may need a follow-up session to touch-up the final results. After three months, it is also recommended you return to the Melasma Toronto clinic for a final evaluation and to ensure the progress is complete.

Melasma Toronto: Conclusion and Summary

Melasma is a common condition that usually occurs on the face and causes unsightly, symmetrical discolorations. It occurs most often in women and can be the result of anything from simple sun exposure to pregnancy and birth control medication. While it may go away on its own when related to hormones, non-invasive methods are often needed to reduce or eliminate Melasma appearance.

Spider Vein Removal – What you Need to Know

Spider Vein Removal

Spider vein removal is one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures at Canada MedLaser Clinics. While not as visible or textured as varicose veins, spider veins are an unsightly and distracting presence that occurs most often on the legs and can age skin’s appearance by up to 10 years. Here, we’ll explore what causes spider veins and what you can do to minimize or eliminate the appearance of these tiny veins from your skin, including laser options.

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are thin blue, purple or reddish veins that are visible through the skin. They commonly occur behind the knees, on the face, and anywhere on the legs. While age increases the appearance of this skin issue, they are also found on children as well due to heredity and sometimes hormone changes.  While spider vein removal is often not a priority when they occur on children, this can, occasionally, be cause for concern, especially if varicose veins are also forming. If you notice big or bulging varicose veins on a child, a visit to the doctor is likely to be necessary.

Similarly, spider veins in adults are also very rarely a sign of anything more and spider vein removal is only necessary as an aesthetic concern. In most cases they are simply dilated blood vessels that are close to the surface of the skin. Common causes include:

  • Weight gain
  • Blood clot history
  • Heredity
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Occupations that require a great deal of standing including:
    •  medical professionals, teachers, waitresses and hair stylists.
  • Hormonal fluctuations brought on by:
    •  menopause, puberty, pregnancy or hormone replacement
  • Pressure on the stomach from:
    • Constipation, tumors and restrictive garments like corsets.

Where is Spider Vein Removal Used?

If spider veins have plagued you for some time, you may be wondering if it’s even possible to address them in certain areas. Spider vein removal can be performed on most areas of the body and even on the face – which is a common place for fair skinned people to form unsightly spider veins.

Canada MedLaser Clinics uses industry-leading equipment and methods for spider vein removal to ensure you get optimal results no matter where your spider veins occur. During your consultation, we’ll assess your skin and veins to ensure you get the proper treatment that will produce the best and most efficient results.

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When should you be Concerned about Spider Veins?

As we’ve already discussed, spider veins are rarely cause of medical concern. However, they can occasionally be a sign potential blood clot issues. If you’re experiencing heaviness or soreness in your legs and if you also have varicose veins in addition to spider veins, each of these could be signs of other potential issues. At Canada MedLaser Clinics, we’re concerned with your total health and will discuss both spider vein removal and assess potential causes for your veins that may also need to be addressed.

Who Gets Spider Veins?

While spider veins are more commonly found in women due to hormone fluctuations, childbirth and other environmental factors, men can also suffer from them quite frequently as well. They are, however; much more common in older people and weight gain can increase their appearance.  Though more women seek out spider vein removal than men on average, laser treatment is successful for all who suffer from this skin condition.

Options for Spider Vein Removal

There are two primary treatments for spider vein removal including: Sclerotherapy and Laser removal. While Sclerotherapy has proven to be effective, it involves an incision and injection into the vein, making it more invasive than laser and also upping the chance of pain and other complications.

Moreover, spider veins’ size makes them good candidates for lasers which will not have to fight to locate them. Spider vein removal with laser is less invasive, has few if any side effects and you are likely to see results in just a few short sessions.

Conclusion

The most important thing to remember about spider veins is that they are likely not a sign of any bigger issues. However, if you’re experiencing pain or swelling in the legs, it is recommended that you see your primary care physician. When it comes to spider vein removal, lasers offer an effective and painless option. To get started with treating your spider veins, call Canada MedLaser Clinics.

Lip Injections – Q & A about Hyaluronic Acid

Lip Injections

Lip Injections Toronto – Lip injections and enhancements, over the years, have taken several forms going from over-the-top and fake looking implants in the early days of cosmetic surgery to more natural and safer options now. While a variety of lip treatments are available to reduce the appearance of lines and plump thin or misshapen lips, one of the best and most reliable options is Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

At Canada MedLaser Clinics, we use only the safest, proven methods, products and equipment in our lip injections. To help get our clients ready for their lip enhancement procedures, we’ve compiled some of our most frequently asked questions about HA injections.

Lip Injections Toronto – What are Hyaluronic Acid Lip Injections?

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, most notably in the eyes and joints. It is also an important part of making skin look fresh and moisturized. Unfortunately, as we age and face a variety of environmental factors, our skin’s ability to produce HA on its own decreases. This includes the skin of the lips which are prone to losing volume and developing lines and wrinkles. With HA lip injections, we take this natural substance that your body produces already and give key areas a boost to make them look smoother and hydrated.

Lip Injections Toronto – How Long Do HA Lip Injections Last?

Lip injections done with HA are not permanent, but they have the ability to last anywhere from 6 months to a year. The length of time they last will depend on several factors including where and how you have the injections placed, your environmental factors and your body’s ability to metabolize. Because hyaluronic acid is, essentially a carbohydrate or sugar, your body is already equipped to break it down naturally, hence your own metabolism making a difference in how long the injections last.

Lip Injections Toronto – What if I Decide I Don’t Want my Injections Anymore?

The benefit of non-permanent lip injections is that you don’t even need to wait the full 6 months to a year to have them gone. With another simple injection, we can breakdown and metabolize your HA fillers in a matter of minutes. This is a good option for anyone who only wants the effects for a special event or occasion, or if you find the size of the injections you chose aren’t to your liking.

Lip Injections Toronto – What are the Side Effects of HA Lip Injections?

Side effects are highly unlikely due to the substances in your lip injections being similar to those already found in your own body. The most common potential side effects are temporary bruising, swelling, redness and bleeding. There is also some risk of the injections reactivating cold sores.

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Lip Injections Toronto – Can I Inject Hyaluronic Acid at Home?

It can be tempting to try a home remedy, but you must proceed with great caution. While some disreputable providers will offer to perform lip injections at your home, these are the cases most likely to lead to the more serious complications of lip fillers. This includes unevenness, bumps and the possibility of tissue loss if a blood vessel is injected. Untrained providers are also unlikely to carry any kind of insurance or be able to give you any kind of recourse if your injections don’t work.

Lip Injections Toronto – Brands of Hyaluronic Acid Lip Injections

One of the issues many clients have when researching their lip injections is that they find a multitude of brand names for the injections, including: Restylane, Volbella and Juvederm among others. While each brand has certain benefits and things that it may do better than the others, they are all hyaluronic acid based making them relatively similar in terms of how long they last, how they are metabolized, their side effects, aftercare and other key factors. While research prior to any procedure is important, the brand of hyaluronic acid you choose is less significant than deciding whether or not this is the method for you.

Lip Injections Q&A Conclusion

Lip injections provide the opportunity to get stunning, long-lasting results with few, if any, side effects. With hyaluronic acid injections from Canada MedLaser Clinics, you’ll also have the benefit of a clean, safe environment designed to minimize the risk of complications. If you’re ready to get started with your lip treatments, call the knowledgeable Canada MedLaser Clinics staff.

Laser Nail Fungus Treatment

Laser Nail Fungus Treatment

Nail fungus can take several forms including thickened, brittle and discoloured nails. Whether you have a mild or severe fungal infection, each case has the potential to cause discomfort, embarrassment and, in some cases, more serious concerns.  Because of these possible complications, effective nail fungus treatment from professionals with medical knowledge of the causes and symptoms of fungal infections is imperative. In this article, we’ll look at treatment options, including oral antifungal products and laser based treatments from Canada MedLaser Clinics with a ranking system for how effective each method is for eliminating fungal infections.

Laser Nail Fungus Treatment

While not a common treatment, laser nail fungus treatment is fast becoming the preferred method for removing fungal infections quickly with aesthetically appealing results. Along with being pain free and requiring substantially less time than other treatments, the laser method also has the advantage of only targeting affected cells without killing healthy tissue and having no side effects.

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Limitations: The primary limitation of laser nail fungus treatment is that it can be more expensive than other treatments. However, because its rate of effectiveness and aesthetic results are much more reliable, laser treatment is likely to save you time and money in the long run over trying other, inferior methods first.

While each nail fungus treatment option has the potential to be effective for some users, not every single method will work for nail infection. Overall, laser treatment has proven to be the most effective in regards to long term results, aesthetic appeal and minimal side effects – with nail polish being the least effective, creams and then oral antifungals coming in second place.

For additional information on laser treatment and to schedule a consultation, please contact our knowledgeable team.