Reducing Melasma with Modern Treatments

Posted on: January 28, 2024

Most people at some point in their lives will deal with skin concerns. Many skin issues are caused by common factors such as sun exposure. Melasma is a common skin condition that can be caused by damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Most of the people affected by melasma are women, only approximately 10% of melasma sufferers are men. This common skin condition can be tricky to treat, but luckily there are a number of great treatment options available. 

Melasma can unfortunately impact the way we perceive our skin’s health and beauty. If you’ve been on the quest for an effective solution to combat melasma and restore your skin’s natural glow, look no further. 

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a common skin condition where brown or greyish-brown patches appear on the surface of the skin. Melasma often appears in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun such as the forehead, nose, cheeks, upper lip (also referred to as the “melasma moustache”) and sometimes the neck or forearms. 

While sun exposure, hormonal changes, and genetic factors play a role, the persistent nature of melasma often calls for targeted interventions. Fotona’s LFQS Nd-YAG laser treatment emerges as a promising solution, offering precision and effectiveness in addressing the root cause of melasma.

What Causes Melasma?

Causes of Melasma

The definitive cause of melasma is not fully understood but it is believed to be caused by a combination of sun exposure, genetic factors and hormonal changes. Melasma can often appear during pregnancy or when hormonal changes occur. In fact 50-70% of pregnant women experience some degree of melasma. Other factors such as certain medications or environmental pollution can also cause melasma. 

The number one underlying cause of melasma is sun exposure. UV radiation is believed to be the biggest contributor to the development of this skin condition.

Preventing Melasma

Preventing melasma involves prioritizing sun protection through the consistent use of broad-spectrum sunscreen, especially during peak sunlight hours. Adopting gentle skincare practices, minimizing stress, and incorporating a balanced diet can also help with melasma prevention.

However, if you are currently struggling with Melasma, there are some great treatments available to help with this common skin condition.

melasma laser treatment

Treatments for Melasma

The treatment of melasma can be complicated and often involves more than one treatment option. 

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a recommended treatment option for helping to promote skin cell turnover and exfoliation. They have been shown to help reduce the appearance of melasma over the course of multiple sessions spread out over a period of time. 


Microneedling is another facial treatment that has been shown to help reduce the appearance of melasma. This treatment option also works best when done over multiple sessions.

Laser Facial Treatment 

Laser treatment with Nd-YAG, particularly using the Low-fluence Q-switched (LFQS) technique, stands out as a highly effective solution for melasma. This approach is particularly promising for challenging cases, especially in individuals with darker skin tones.

At You Derma, we’ve treated many women and men looking to get rid of melasma. Typically, we recommend starting with a chemical peel treatment, followed by a series of Nd-YAG laser treatments.

The Power of Fotona Laser Treatment

How LFQS Nd-YAG Laser Works

Fotona’s LFQS Nd-YAG laser operates by delivering low-fluence energy to the affected areas, targeting melanin-producing cells responsible for melasma. This precise and controlled approach ensures effective pigment removal without compromising the surrounding skin.

Benefits of LFQS Nd-YAG Laser Treatment

  • Non-Invasive: Say goodbye to surgical interventions. Fotona’s LFQS Nd-YAG laser is a non-invasive procedure, providing a gentle yet powerful solution for melasma.
  • Minimal Discomfort: Clients commonly report minimal discomfort during the procedure, with sensations akin to a mild tingling sensation.
  • Quick Sessions: Each session is designed with your time in mind. Fotona’s LFQS Nd-YAG laser treatment sessions are relatively short, allowing you to seamlessly integrate them into your busy schedule.

What to Expect During and After Melasma Laser Treatment

The Treatment Process

Before your session, a thorough consultation and skin assessment will be conducted to customize the treatment plan based on your unique skin needs. During the session, the LFQS Nd-YAG laser will be applied with precision, targeting melasma and promoting skin rejuvenation.

Post-Treatment Care

Following the session, you may experience temporary redness or swelling, typically resolving within a short period. Post-treatment care guidelines will be provided to ensure optimal results.

Booking Your Fotona Laser Treatment

Ready to embrace a radiant, melasma-free complexion? Booking your Fotona laser treatment at You Derma’s Ottawa skin clinic is just a click away. Our experienced practitioners are committed to providing personalized care, ensuring you achieve the best possible results.

Don’t let melasma dim your confidence – enjoy radiant skin with Fotona’s LFQS Nd-YAG laser treatment. Book your session today and experience the rejuvenating power of advanced medical aesthetics. Your radiant skin awaits!

Enjoy 10% off your first service

Sign up for our mailing list and save 10% on your first service!
YouDerma - Logo

You Derma is a Medical Aesthetics Clinic offering laser hair removal, facial treatments, laser treatments, and cosmetic injectables in Ottawa.

Visit Our Medical Aesthetics Clinic in Manor Park

435 St. Laurent Blvd Suite 204
Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z8

(613) 741-0073

Monday - Saturday
9 AM - 7 PM