Melasma Treatment

Melasma Treatment with StarWalker

Melasma Treatment

Have you considered melasma removal with laser? Sovereign Skin’s beauty and health experts love to stay ahead of the curve. We’re pleased to be among the few elite cosmetic clinics with the advanced, Fotona StarWalker® MaQX Ultra Performance, Q-Switched Laser System.

Excellent for uneven facial pigment, this industry-leading laser is now the top choice for melasma treatment in Toronto. Our clients see beautiful, even-toned results without worries of skin damage and downtime. Fotona’s QX MAX has been recognized globally as the next step for high-level laser systems. Whether your pigmented lesions are caused by scarring, sun damage, or genes, we’d love to see you for a free skin assessment and help you reveal a brighter glow. Let us introduce you to StarWalker and share what all the fuss is about.

Melasma Removal Before and After

Melasma creams and topical therapies to remove hyperpigmentation aren’t useful or safe for all skin types. In the past, laser skin treatment was also avoided by people with darker skin because ablative fractionated lasers bring a high risk for post-inflammatory hypo- and hyperpigmentation. The light energy from the laser beam could scatter and target surface pigments, which were unintended targets.

Today, you can count on ultimate safety, precision, and comfortable pigment removal without the fear of additional damage. After just one session, patients note significantly reduced brown spots and more balanced skin. Imagine clearing up blotchy facial pigment without a long, uncomfortable recovery. We’ll explain why StarWalker does what other lasers can’t. We’ll also show you what you can expect from your melasma treatment at Toronto’s Sovereign Skin.

What Is Melasma?

Do you struggle with brown spots due to melasma? Also known as chloasma, this issue is a form of hyperpigmentation commonly seen in women and people with darker skin tones. It may be triggered by UV exposure or hormonal influences. Darkened melanin patches spread unevenly across the face or elsewhere tend to become more pronounced with age.

Pregnant women experience melasma as the “mask of pregnancy,” which can appear suddenly due to hormonal changes.

The purpose of melanin is to absorb sunlight and help protect skin from UV rays. As skin ages, the ability to fight the effects of the sun diminishes gradually. Age spots, also known as liver or brown spots, are likely to show up, but melasma appears over larger areas and may affect people who have had minimal sun exposure.

Is there a cure for melasma? In the past, skin-bleaching and dark spot-lightening creams were the popular choices, yet they could produce disappointing results, and some contained unsafe ingredients. The safety profile of laser skin treatments for dark skin has been a limitation for many people with melasma.

StarWalker is changing the face of melasma removal for people of all backgrounds, and the results look better than ever.

How Does StarWalker’s Melasma Removal Work?

The science behind the newest Fotona laser is where the magic is.

StarWalker’s third-generation technology works with photoacoustic, rather than photothermolytic, effects. Therefore, acoustic shockwaves (instead of heat) break melanosomes (skin pigments) into micro-particles. Those particles are then carried out of the body through the lymphatic system.

Difficult-to-treat conditions like melasma require precision to reach pigment and not the surrounding cells. Rather than a sweep of cell destruction with ablative effects, with StarWalker the micro-pigments absorb focused energy and break apart while skin stays intact, unharmed.

Fotona’s line of specially designed, titanium handpieces allows the controlled delivery of energy pulses to large target areas. Nothing beats StarWalker’s versatility. Multiple settings treat concerns ranging from unwanted hair to vascular lesions or large brown spots on the skin.

Here’s Why StarWalker Is the Best for Melasma Removal

This system has the power of a pico laser with the energy of a Q-switched laser. StarWalker’s unique Transverse Mode Discrimination (TMD) technology combined with Adaptive Structured Pulse (ASP) pulse control delivers short (5-nanosecond) pulses. They are ultra-short bursts of energy measured in trillionths of a second. StarWalker treats large areas without the scattering effect of laser light in unintended skin.

StarWalker Compared to Older Q-Switch Lasers
  • Faster treatment
  • Consistent results for extensive treatment areas
  • High intelligence and smart design record your personalized treatment settings
  • Minimized discomfort
  • Fewer passes for effective melasma removal
  • Fewer complications such as skin damage, scarring, or unwanted pigment changes
  • Lower on the laser pain scale
  • Third-generation ASP technology for precision, efficacy, and safety
  • The broadest range of pulse modes, including unique MaQX, VERDE, FRAC3, and
  • VERSA3 to treat pigment, collagen, and more
  • An impressive line of advanced, smart-control handpieces
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use parameter selection
  • Non-invasive, safe treatments with little downtime
  • Patient comfort and satisfaction

Today, melasma treatment with laser technology doesn’t have to mean uncomfortable healing or risks of skin damage. StarWalker at Sovereign Skin significantly reduces these concerns.

What that means for you

Better precision means that fewer applicator passes are required. Fewer passes mean quicker treatment and recovery time for you.

Convenience, efficiency, and focused effects just made melasma removal easier than ever.

Nobody wants to undergo 10 to 15 sessions when they could reach their goals after just a couple of sessions. Additionally, the costs of repeated treatments add up. For measurable results, find out if StarWalker is what you’ve been waiting for.


Patients from all backgrounds benefit from the newest laser safety improvements. Fotona’s advanced technology offers a ground-breaking homogeneous beam profile. The homogeneity of the laser beam profile means that energy is distributed evenly across the skin. Epidermal damage is reduced, along with the risk of bleeding or blistering.

StarWalker reduces the “frosting effect” that is so common with many Q-switched lasers. With other lasers, the temporary whitening of laser-treated skin results from cell disruption in the dermis, forming gasses that puff up the skin. The visible white residue creates a barrier for additional pulses, which means less effective subsequent passes and more potential for tissue damage.

StarWalker laser melasma removal has an additional, powerful benefit. The laser beam creates micro-ports that act as small escape holes for gas generated during pigment destruction.

The result is that skin won’t rise up and frost, and it stays healthier throughout the process.


When used correctly, high-powered picosecond micropulses create photoacoustic, well-controlled effects that zero in on just the target pigments. The homogeneous disruption of deep-lying pigment means that the surface of the skin remains unharmed. An impressively narrow, focused beam reduces the effects on nearby cells.

Unlike thermal lasers such as erbium or CO2, StarWalker’s nano pulses avoid the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation related to heat. This is critical for people with darker skin who were cautioned to avoid laser treatments in the past.

If you have olive-toned, Asian, or African American pigmentation, your melasma can be safely treated too.

What Can You Expect from Your Melasma Treatment

You’re invited to experience star treatment at our modern, inviting cosmetic clinic. We’re pleased to have some of the top skin experts in the industry under one roof offering comprehensive, advanced aesthetic treatment using the very best laser technology available.

When you visit us for your free consultation, you’ll receive thorough skin assessment and information about your options plus details that you need to know about your procedure.

You’ll undergo melasma treatment while relaxing in a spacious, private treatment suite. Your laser nurse will apply cool air and topical numbing, if required, but most people find the process comfortable.

Your treatment may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. You’ll be free to resume your day and regular activities right after. It’s as easy as that.

You may experience the temporary darkening of pigment before the cells naturally slough off. Dramatic improvements can be achieved with just one session. However, your practitioner will discuss planning additional treatments if they are needed for optimal effects.

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation for Glowing Skin

Laser therapy for melasma removal has become a preferred alternative to topical creams and chemical peels, especially for severe cases. No other procedure does so quickly and easily what StarWalker can achieve for your complexion.

We’d love to help you reveal the smooth, even-toned glow you want. Discover whether laser melasma removal is right for you when you contact us today. We look forward to seeing you.


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If you would like to further learn about what this incredible team of beauty advisors and medical professionals can offer you, please contact Sovereign Skin today to start your journey towards the very best Canada has to offer!

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