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Spark Health’s Melasma and Hyperpigmentation treatments are convenient and non-invasive with little to no downtime. Say NO to chemical-based procedures.
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Do you have skin discoloration? Are you suffering from dark pigmentation on your skin? It's time to give your skin a new look.
At Spark Health, we use Naturopathic treatments to reduce skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation. Our treatments will not only reduce melasma but will also restore youthful skin.
Melasma is a skin discoloration marked by dark pigmentation on the skin. It is a type of hyperpigmentation that may be caused by hormonal changes, medications, pregnancy, exposure to the sun, or reaction to certain skincare products.
The condition happens when melanocytes or cells in the skin produce too much pigment. Melasma appears as dark brown or grey discolored areas.
People with darker skin tones are more prone to melasma, and women are more likely to exhibit melasma. The most common locations are the forehead, upper lips, cheeks, and the bridge area of the nose. Even the neck and upper arms can show patches of dark color.
A simple visual examination is enough for a dermatologist or a medical professional to detect melasma. However, since melasma has the propensity to look like other skin conditions, at times, a dermatologist may recommend a small biopsy for confirmation. Additionally, an ultraviolet device called Wood's light, can be used to detect the severity of melasma. For instance, dermal melasma is darker than epidermal melasma when checked through this device.
There are different ways to treat Melasma.
Known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling with platelets increases collagen production, by moving tiny needles over the skin. The plasma contains a higher concentration of platelets, proteins, cytokines, and growth factors to reduce melasma. At SparkHealth, a device called SkinPen, which contains 14 microneedles, is used to create controlled micro-injuries to stimulate new healthy collagen production. Microneedling with platelets is safe and effective for all skin types when treating melasma.
Your Naturopathic Doctor may prescribe skincare products in the form of topical applications like hydroquinone, corticosteroids, or a combination of them. The doctors at Spark Health often use compounding pharmacies to help customize a topical skincare formula that is right for you.
Spark Health is a trusted name in skincare and is known for proven results. The microneedling treatment at Spark Health not only takes care of melasma but also improves skin texture, volume and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Spark Health uses a naturopathic approach to skincare, which means minimal side effects or chemical interactions. Since your blood is used for microneedling with platelets, it is one of the most natural options to combat melasma with little to no side effects.
The treatment approach is holistic and well-balanced. Your doctor will work on what is going on internally to balance hormones as well as externally to improve the appearance of melasma. Every patient will have a personalized treatment plan based on their health goals and challenges. The emphasis is on making the skin heal in a natural manner by replenishing it with natural ingredients and growth factors. It is important to note that melasma is never cured and takes maintenance once you reach your skincare goals.
A New Jersey native, Dr. Christina Bradshaw earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a double minor in chemistry and spanish from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Her passion for medicine and science led her across the country to attend medical school at Bastyr University here in San Diego.
Dr. Bradshaw focused her clinical rotations on dermatology and aesthetics, autoimmune disorders, digestive conditions, and men’s and women’s health. Dr. Bradshaw has done comprehensive training in micro-needling and injections, and loves working with patients of all ages for skin care prevention, treatment, and maintenance.
Medical Aesthetic Specialist
Victoria Stegeman RN, is a Medical Aesthetic Specialist, whose talents include injection of neuromodulators and fillers as well as proper use of lasers, and RF machines. She is known for her attention to detail and artistic eye, plus her thorough knowledge in the most advanced skin care procedures and the latest technologies will keep you looking your best! Victoria also Specializes in Women's intimate health issues and is committed to providing the utmost care to her clients. Victoria's enthusiasm and understanding of what the skin needs and how to maximize results make her an asset to our Spark Health team.
Microneedling is also known as collagen induction therapy. Microneedling with platelets increases collagen production by moving tiny needles over the skin. These controlled micro-injuries stimulate new healthy collagen production which helps fill in and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
The downtime is minimal. You will want to avoid going anywhere on the day of your treatment. You will look sunburned for 1-2 days afterward.
During your appointment, our doctors will discuss a proper regimen based on your skin type and goals. Most people need between three and six treatments to see their results.
Since microneedling works with your body's healing abilities. So, we recommend 3-4 sessions for optimal results, and you will see visible results within 6 weeks after the treatment is complete.