Melasma, Brown Spots, Freckles, and Age Spot Removal Treatment

We will help you reduce your skin pigmentation to feel more confident and reduce the need to cover up.

Rediscover your true look at DermMedica…

with one of our many solutions to treat skin pigmentation…

About Melasma

The birth of a child is probably the biggest milestone in someone’s life but it can also be the trigger for developing certain skin conditions. Melasma is a chronic alteration in the pigmentation of one’s skin that is caused by genetics, sun exposure, hormones and other factors that are yet unknown. It causes us to feel less than confident in our appearance and may even keep us away from social situations where we feel we might be judged or talked about. DermMedica has solutions that can manage this condition so you will feel more confident in your appearance at all times.

About Brown Spots, Age Spots, and Other Pigmentation Issues
Sinatra sang it best… “Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from ipanema goes walking…” Tanned, even-coloured skin is highly desirable and is what most of us had when we were younger. As we age and acquire more sun exposure, we start to experience freckling and unwanted brown spots rather than a nice even colour. Thankfully we have treatments that can even out that pigmentation and get us closer to what we once had.

WHY CHOOSE US?

We always invest in the world’s best technology and products to ensure optimal results. We have 7 different lasers / treatment options at our disposal to make sure we can help you. Book your consultation today!

AREAS TREATED

FACE

EQUIPMENT / TECHNIQUES

Laser for Pigmentation
Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing
Skin Care Products
Suncscreen
IPL Laser
Chemical Peels
Levulan PDT

Treatment Results

Just like skin, results may vary. These pictures (of our awesome, real-life clients!) help you see what is possible and sets a realistic expectation.

We’d love to get to know you, learn more about your goals, and see what treatment options would suit you best.

Book a consultation with us today!

*Treatment results may vary from person to person

  • I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you.

    LK Jan 15, 2013
  • Dr. Crippen is an absolute maser with Botox. I’ve had little filler implants done around my face, my ears and lips so far, and each operation came out looking exactly the way I had hoped. Not too puffy, not too thin.

    John Savill Sep 4, 2014
  • This place does the best work of all the skincare clinics I’ve tried in the Vancouver area. I go back periodically for new botox and juvederm injections, and they always make it look brand new and just right every single time. This place has earned my business.

    Greg Monte Aug 26, 2014
  • I was deeply impressed with the work of this clinic. We visited for my teenage daughter after over-the-counter medications had failed her. The acne removal treatment recommended and performed by Doctor Crippen was incredibly effective. We’ve been back for a couple more treatments over the years, and they are all as effective. I wanted to note in particular that he and the staff had a wonderful manner while administering treatment. My daughter typically hates clinical environments but she always felt very comfortable here.

    Phoebe Provenzano Jun 29, 2014
  • This is the only place that I’ve gone for age spots since it opened. I loved how easily I could schedule at short notice, and the commitment the staff showed to making sure that I understood everything I wanted to know. I was treated very well here.

    Yolanda Tighman Sep. 05, 2014
  • I loved how little time it took to set up the chemical peel treatment and to get it. Your clinic made the day very convenient for me, especially since two other clinics had already told me that they couldn’t fit me in that. Your chemical peel was also one of the most effective that I’ve ever had. I’m extremely satisfied.

    SeasonDucharme Sep. 5, 2014
  • I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight.

    Ami Hamann Aug 26, 2014
  • My coolsculpting treatment was first performed at this clinic, at the Kelowna location, which might be their only one. I’ve never had coolsculpting performed anywhere else, so I can’t judge the quality compared to other clinics, but it was really effective. The procedure was completely painless and didn’t even feel uncomfortable. The easiest weight I have ever lost.

    Ron Woodhouse Jul 06, 2014
  • Dr Crippen performed the Juvederm treatment in a highly professional, caring and pleasant manner. I found the entire experience to be a comfortable one and despite having some initial reservations/nervousness, both he and his extremely competent staff, made me feel totally at ease and reassured. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire experience of being treated by Dr Crippen and his staff.

    DC Feb 9, 2012
  • I chose DermMedica hoping they would be able to help me with my lips. Dr. Crippen recommended a Juvederm filler, and I’m thrilled with both how easy it was and how great it looks. I was particularly pleased with the end result of the lip filler because I’ve had friends with that swollen look, and I did not want any part of that.

    Harold Elliott Sep. 2, 2014
ABOUT MELASMA TREATMENT

Melasma Treatment Kelowna

Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Melasma appears as a consistent brown color over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip, often appearing symmetrically on the both sides of the face.


Before Melasma Treatment with Laser Therapy

After Melasma Treatment with Laser Therapy


Video of Brooke Burke and her Melasma issue:


What Are the Symptoms?

Brown skin discoloration anywhere on the face.  This condition is more common in women especially after having had one or more children.  Sun exposure significantly affects this condition so we advise all our patients to avoid the sun as much as possible in addition to using daily UV sun protection.

What Are the Causes?

Melasma is much more common in women, frequently resulting from the presence of female hormones due to: pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy. Sun exposure is also a significant contributing factor causing Melasma to worsen quite a bit during the summer months.


What Are the Treatment Options?

DermMedica – Melasma Protocol

This treatment protocol was initiated and fine-tuned by Dr. Crippen to help alleviate and keep Melasma under control.  There is no cure for this condition but with appropriate laser and topical therapy by Dr. Crippen, we can achieve significant improvement and reduction in signs of this pesky skin problem.

During one of the laser meetings Dr. Crippen’s attended, he spoke with several leaders in the field of laser medicine and learned of a novel and safe way to treat Melasma.  This treatment is only performed in Kelowna at DermMedica and by Dr. Crippen, so if you have had difficulty treating this condition you may want to see if this brand new technique can help your own skin problem.  Book your private consultation to find out if this special protocol could work for you.

Other treatments that can also be considered in some patients:

MORE ABOUT BROWN SPOTS, FRECKLES, AND AGE SPOT REMOVAL

Brown Spots, Freckles, and Age Spot Removal in Kelowna

What are freckles, brown spots or age spots?

Brown spots, also known as “liver spots” are flat, brown-black spots that usually appear on the skin in sun-exposed areas of the body. Despite their nickname, they have nothing to do with the liver or liver function.

Brown spots (or more accurately – age spots) typically develop in people with a light complexion, but they can also be seen in those with darker skin. Age spots can be flat, oval or irregularly shaped and have increased pigmentation and are normally light brown, black or gray in colour

Age spots may range from freckle-size to more than a half inch (1 cm) in diametre. Age spots are sometimes grouped together, making them more prominent.

Here is a short video demonstrating laser removal of freckles or brown spots that occur from sun exposure.  They immediately turn white after treatment and then the freckle falls off the skin in about 5 days after the treatment.  Usually one treatment is required but each person is unique.

What are the causes of age spots?

The pigment in the upper layer of skin (epidermis) that gives your skin its normal colour is called melanin. UV light accelerates the production of melanin, creating a tan which helps protect deeper layers of skin from UV rays.

Age or brown spots are normally caused by years of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. The use of commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can also contribute to the development of brown spots. These will be most noticeable in areas that were heavily exposed like the back of your hands, top of your feet, your face as well as your shoulders and back.

On areas of the skin that have years of frequent and prolonged sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes “clumped” or is produced in particularly high concentrations in one area. In addition to sun exposure, simply becoming older can cause the extra production of melanin.

Your genetic makeup may also play a role in how susceptible you are to the development of brown spots.

It is interesting to note that over time pigmented spots usually decrease in number with advancing age.

When should I see my doctor about my age spots?

You may not appreciate the way in which they look, but brown spots are usually harmless and don’t require medical care. However, your doctor should evaluate spots that are dark or have changed in appearance, because these changes can be signs of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

It is always best to have any new skin changes evaluated by a trained physician, especially if these brown spots or lesions:

  • are newly changed or darkly coloured
  • are changing  in size
  • have an irregular border
  • have an unusual combination of colours
  • are accompanied by itching, redness, tenderness or bleeding

What Are the Treatments for Brown Spots?

There are numerous treatments available for brown spots, take a look at the links below for more information. Dr. Crippen can determine what treatment is right for you.

Make a consultation with a member of our staff today if you would like to discuss your age spots and how we can treat them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Brown Spots Treated with Lasers?

Yes. Several of the treatments listed in the treatments above are laser treatments, and they will be considered and used if the brown spot we’re treating requires it. Lasers are a flexible treatment option that can manage spots of many different sizes and colors.

How Many Treatments Are Necessary to Remove a Brown Spot?

It may take anywhere from one treatment to several to remove most brown spots. The number of treatments may depend on the size, age and color of the spot, as well as the strength of the treatment you’ve decided to pursue.

How Long Will It Take to Recover from a Brown Spot Removal?

Our treatments are mostly non-invasive, and we don’t use them at an intensity that would require you to bandage any area. After any of our treatments, you’ll be able to return to your regular work. All that you’re required to do is keep out of direct sunlight and manage minor tenderness and irritability of your skin for anywhere from 3-10 days.

How Do I Get Rid of Sunspots and Seborrheic Keratosis?

Sunspots and sk lesions are two completely different entities. To remove “sun spots” one is usually referring to lentigos which are flat brown pigmentations in the skin on sun exposed body parts. For these kind of benign lesions, IPL treatments as well as other laser treatments can be beneficial. For seborrheic keratosis, a combination of surgical excision and laser therapy is usually recommended.

What Is the Best Way to Get Rid of Facial Brown Spots?

Laser treatments can be very effective for flat brown lengitos on the face. IPL or another kind of laser can be used with minimal downtime and good long lasting results. They can however return at any time and more quickly with sun exposure.

What Do Dermatologists/Cosmetic Surgeons Recommend for Age Spots?

Age spots come in all sorts of varieties and it really depends on the patient’s particular situation. We usually use a combination of laser and surgical excision methods.

What’s Causing the Brown Spots on My Face? How Can I Stop It?

Decreasing your exposure to the sun and UV light rays will help slow down their progression. Using a good sunscreen can also be quite useful to lessen the appearance of brown spots on the face.

What Is the Average Cost to Remove Brown Spots?

The cost varies depending on the situation and the types of lesions to be removed or improved. We usually recommend a formal consultation to give patients an accurate quote as this is the best way to assess each individual situation.

What Are the Best Laser Treatments for Darker Skin? Brown Spots, Lines and Skin Tightening?

These are widely different treatment for various skin types and issues so there is a long list of possible treatment. For darker skin, the treatments can range from lasers for colour, texture and more. The best overall treatment for these skin problems is the CO2 laser treatment, our DermaPeel. It address all of these at the same time however there is some downtime to the treatment as we are removing skin so there is some redness and swelling for about one week.

What Is the Best Effective Treatment to Remove Brown Age Spots on Medium Brown Skin Tone?

Removing freckles or pigmentation on darker skin types can be tricky however certain treatments can be effective. Non ablative fraxel or QS lasers can work for pigmentation depending on the skin type and ethnicity of the patient.

Does Sun Damage Cause All Brown Spots?

Mostly yes, but certainly not all of them. It also depends on what is referred to as brown spots. Some age spots are brown in colour and have little to do with sun exposure, however most pigmentation in the skin results from years of accumulated UV exposure.

How to Remove Brown Spots from Face?

The most common treatment is IPL for facial lentigos, however Q-switched lasers can also be very effective in the right patient.

How Many Times Can Melasma Be Treated? I Was Looking at the Pictures That You Have Available for Melasma. I Noticed a Lot of Improvement in the Photos, but Also That It Is Still Visible. Can Melasma Be Retreated Until It’s No Longer Visible?

It is important to note that Melasma is a chronic (long term) condition of the skin that cannot be cured. In this respect, there will always be a need to treat melasma on an ongoing basis, whether it is through the use of medications or laser treatments. We can never guarantee that Melasma will be completely eradicated, but by following our very specific treatment protocols, most patients will experience a very dramatic reduction in the appearance of pigmentation over time. In order to find out what you need, a consultation with Dr. Crippen is definitely recommended.

Any Way to Prevent My Melasma from Growing? I Hate the Look and Feel of It on My Face. What Could I Be Doing Wrong?

Melasma is a condition (mostly in women) where there is an abnormal amount of Melanin (pigment) produced in the skin predominately on the face. This condition is mostly a cosmetic nuisance and is related to hormones, sun exposure, age and other factors. There are some treatments for this condition but you have to be very careful when allowing someone to treat melasma because most lasers will make the condition worse. It is a chronic condition that cannot be cured but can certainly improved under the right treatment conditions.

Is It Possible That My Melasma Will Disappear After My Pregnancy?

Yes, that is entirely possible. Many women have experienced Melasma only during their pregnancies, and then witnessed it vanishing as soon as the baby was born. That is unfortunately not the case for everyone. Many women (and men) will experience Melasma as a lifelong condition once it has developed, and it may develop even in women who have never become pregnant.

Are There Any Side Effects from Melasma Treatment?

Melasma is a difficult treatment to cure and/or lighten. Laser therapy usually leaves the skin slightly red for a day but that is all.

Is There a Permanent Cure for Melasma?

Unfortunately we do not have a cure, but we have treatments that can lighten the pigmentation.

How Long Will It Take Melasma to Fade Once I Stop Taking Birth Control?

Melasma may never fade once it has begun. We have strategies to reduce the appearance of the lesion with skin care and laser treatments.

Could Melasma Be Stress-Related?

Yes, it is entirely possible however we do not know why it occurs in the first place.

What Is the Best Laser Treatment for Dermal Melasma?

A very specific laser is required to treat deep pigmentation in melasma. We do not recommend IPL treatments as it may worsen the condition very easily.

Are Brown Spots a Sign of Melasma?

No, melasma is more than just pigmentation.

Is It True That Melasma Can Be Caused by a Fungal Infection?

No, melasma is not caused by an infection, we believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role in it’s development.

Can Melasma Come Back with Sun Exposure?

Yes, it usually returns after significant sun exposure in almost all patients.

What Is the Safest, Long Lasting Treatment for Melasma?

There is not a long lasting treatment for melasma, ongoing care with skin care products and interval laser treatments is the best current option.

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