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Which Is Better for Melasma Treatment – Chemical Peel or Laser Spectra Peel?

Do you need melasma treatment? Melasma is a hyperpigmentation skin condition, also referred to as the “mask of pregnancy”. This occurs when the body produces excessive amounts of melanin, the same substance naturally produced to determine our skin, eye, and hair pigmentation. 

While some men and women may discover the dark skin spots may appear and disappear on their own within a few months, for many, clinical treatment is necessary. Laser technology and chemical peels can help eliminate the pigmentation and melanin that causes the freckle-like spots to appear.

How Does a Chemical Peel Work?

A chemical peel uses varying strengths of chemical acid solutions to remove the top layer of the skin surface. A superficial peel provides a light exfoliation while a medium peel targets the first and second layers of the skin. For significant skin conditions, a deep chemical peel will be used to penetrate into the most inner layer of the skin while removing damaged cells of all three layers. 

How Effective Is a Chemical Peel for Melasma?

A chemical peel can be used to treat melasma conditions. The chemical components work to remove excessive pigmentation while preventing melanin production. They also target the underlying areas while removing superficial dead skin cells. 

How Does a Laser Spectra Peel Work?

Known as the Hollywood Peel, the Laser Spectra Peel uses heat energy to target and break up the pigmentation skin cells which are naturally removed by the body. This light energy stimulates the production of collagen, providing new and rejuvenated skin cells. 

How Effective Is a Laser Spectra Peel for Melasma?

As a Laser Spectra Peel targets the underlying cause of melasma, a few sessions of this type of therapy can treat skin cells deep within the skin surface. This treatment focuses on the melanin production that causes the dark spots to appear. By using varying energy wavelengths as heat to destroy the cells, the melanin cells on all layers are affected. 

Chemical Peels Vs. Laser Peel for Melasma

Both a chemical peel and a laser peel offer amazing results in the treatment of melasma. Knowing which option to choose comes down to the type of melasma you have and your specific situation. Both options have their pros and cons. 

Skin Types

The method of melasma treatment used may depend on the skin type of the patient. With chemical peels, the components may be manipulated to be adaptable to most skin types whereas the laser treatment is designed for fair to medium dark skin tones. 

Aftercare

For the best results, certain aftercare precautions are recommended. In the hours and days following a laser treatment or chemical peel, avoid exposing the skin to hot or humid areas such as steam showers and saunas. This includes no exfoliating or deep cleaners for the face. It may be beneficial to refrain from strenuous exercise for a few days to prevent the body from sweating which can cause irritation. If you are not already using sunscreen on a daily basis, this is definitely the time to start. 

Results

Whether a chemical peel or laser treatment is used, melasma treatment at the top Brampton clinics offer varying results. Most laser therapies can last between three to five years without the need for further treatment. Chemical peel results are based on the type of peel used as a superficial peel should be redone every two months, a medium peel four to six months, and a deep peel can give lasting results for 10 years. 

Downtime 

The beauty of melasma treatments is the lack of recovery time. Considering the science behind laser and peel treatments, the downtime is respectfully nil. Chemical peels can take up to three weeks for complete recovery with the deepest peel used. Laser treatments require less time for recovery, if any. 

Duration

Duration of each session can range between one and two hours. Both the chemical peel and the laser treatment require specific timing, and each have its own precautions in the hours following treatment. 

Recommended Sessions

The number of recommended sessions depends on the severity of the melasma, the skin type, and the type of treatment chosen. Sessions may range between one and four treatments with up to one month rest period in between appointments. 

Heart Lake Aesthetics Melasma Removal Treatment in Brampton, Caledon, and Georgetown

If you are concerned about your melasma condition, contact us at Heart Lake Aesthetics today! Our certified specialists offer personalized skincare plans using safe and effective advanced technology. Our melasma treatments help to reduce the appearance of the spots, leaving a radiant complexion. Contact our licensed, knowledgeable, and friendly staff to book an appointment at our top-of-the-line medical clinic today!

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