Pigment spots or “age spots” come without warning, multiply shamelessly and they inevitably make us regret our tanning sessions… They represent one of the most frequent reasons for consultation in dermatology and aesthetic medicine.
Where do they come from?
The passing of time, sun exposure, hormonal imbalances and some medications can induce a pigmentation disorder and contribute to the development of spots that are more or less dark, mainly located on the face (cheeks, forehead, temples and above the upper lip), but also on the neck, upper chest, hands, arms and legs. These spots are easier to see in light complexions, but they do not spare olive or black skins, which have often been exposed without protection.
How to treat them?
Fortunately, several solutions can be considered to reduce (or even erase) these imperfections and find a more uniform and brighter complexion. The choice of a method or technology depends on several factors including the quantity, type and depth of the spots. The skin color and reactivity must also be considered when developing a treatment plan.
M22 Enlighten Combo
The Lumenis IPL M22 is the new standard in photorejuvenation. It uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to inhibit melanin, which is responsible for pigment spots, to reduce vascular lesions and to soothe red patches. Its action also stimulates the collagen and elastin production to visibly improve the texture of the skin. The IPL M22 induces little inflammation, which reduces recovery time. The Enlighten laser is used as a combo to attack more stubborn pigment spots that resist IPL M22. Its radiation, emitted by very short pulses, crushes the pigment to enable the body to eliminate it naturally.
PICO GenesisTM technology combines the benefits of two specific wavelengths. The device emits ultrashort pulses of non-thermal fractional energy to dissolve unwanted pigments and to stimulate the skin repair process. The treatment is painless, suitable for all skin types and needs a very short recovery time. We recommend 2 to 4 sessions for optimal results.
Perméa is part of the nonablative fractional laser class. Its powerful exfoliating action stimulates the skin’s natural regeneration process, contributes to make the complexion uniform and to refine the skin’s texture. The area that is treated may show red patches and tenderness for the first 48 hours but does not require a social interruption. Three to five sessions are usually recommended. The results can be seen from the first treatment and increase over the sessions.
MédIME LaserPeel offers a full solution to brighten the complexion. It uses fractional Erbium laser energy to activate the epidermal renewal process, to increase collagen production and to promote tissue repair. Its action makes it possible to tighten the pores, improve the brightness of the complexion, reduce wrinkles and pigment spots. Results can be seen in just one session, but two to four sessions may be recommended for optimal results. The treatment is suitable for all skin types, including dark or black skin.
Pigment correcting creams
The dermo-cosmetic field now offers efficient topical products to fade superficial or recently appeared imperfections. These creams are formulated with exfoliating, depigmenting and antiradical active ingredients such as glycolic acid, hydroquinone, vitamin A and vitamin C. We favor medical grade formulations for optimal dosage and verifiable results. Functionalab and Skinceuticals® both offer targeted anti-spot products and proven lbrightening treatment protocols. Our selection:
Serum Code 03 from Functionalab
The MédIME approach
At MédIME, all care is preceded by a medical examination. Treatment plans are created and adapted to each patient’s unique needs and goals. The clinic has a highly qualified team and the most innovative and high-performance technologies currently available in aesthetic medicine.
“Our expertise and our large range of product enable us to combine the properties of several technologies and to offer perfectly customized protocols. Our approach ensures optimal results while respecting the highest safety requirements.” – Dr. Jean-Francois Tremblay
*What you should know! Most of pigment lesions are benign. However, some abnormalities may be malignant and require medical treatment. An examination by a dermatologist enables to rule out the hypothesis of melanomas or dermatological diseases.
For more information on the treatment of pigment spots or to make an appointment with one of our medical assistants for a free consultation, contact us at 514-739-7444 or complete our form to make an appointment.