Melasma (Cholasma, Mask of Pregnancy)

Serving Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and surrounding areas

Melasma (Cholasma):

  • Is pigmentation that occurs on the upper lip, cheeks, forehead and chin
  • Is sometimes also known by the names:
    • Cholasma
    • The mask of pregnancy
  • It may be caused by:
    • Female hormones
    • Hormone replacements
    • The birth control pill
    • Pregnancy
    • Other medications
  • Sometimes there is no obvious cause
  • Sun exposure is extremely important in causing the pigmentation to occur and to come back after treatment


  • There is a wide variety of skin lightening creams available over the counter
  • You must use a good sunscreen every day, even if it is cloudy
    • Even a small amount of sun exposure can reverse the effects of the skin lightening creams
  • Avoid the outdoors between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM when the sun is strongest
  • Wear a broad brimmed hat

Which aesthetic procedures and products can be used for melasma?

  • Medical Facials:
    • This is a clinical facial, using pharmaceutical grade products by our qualified staff
    • An exfoliant with fruit enzymes and salicylic acid is applied to help breakdown dead cells for smoother skin
    • Facials purify the skin and produce a smoother, silkier appearance
    • This is a relaxing, enjoyable treatment which leaves the skin silky and hydrated
    • Recommended for:
      • Dehydration
      • Photodamage (sun damage)
      • Aging Skin
      • Acne
      • Dull Skin
      • Skin that needs rejuvenation
    • To learn more about medical facials, please click here
  • Mineral Make-Up and Colour Match Consultations for:
    • Sheer to Flawless coverage foundation (cream, liquid and powder)
    • Eye shadows
    • Eye liners
    • Lip sticks
    • Lip glosses
    • Blushes
    • Bronzers
    • Professional make-up tools (natural bristle brushes, lash curlers)

Are there any tests to see a person is a good candidate for treatment?

  • Yes
  • A simple non-invasive Wood’s Lamp Test can demonstrate areas of sun damage and pigmentation that are not visible to the naked eye
  • The Wood’s Lamp Test is not used to identify skin cancer, but can identify sun damage which is a risk factor for skin cancer
  • To learn more about the Wood’s Lamp Test, please click here

Do I need to get a doctor’s referral to set up an appointment with one of the aestheticians?

  • No, a referral is not necessary
  • You can phone the aesthetic centre directly at (905) 549-7873 to book a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable technicians
  • Please note that if you wish to see Dr. Vignjevic for medical (prescription) treatments for melasma, a referral from your doctor is required

When can I start having treatments?

  • Today!
  • For your convenience, the services above are available in my office

What if you are interested to learn more?

  • If you would like to learn more:
  • Please click on the blue text links above
    • E-Mail Us
    • Or call our aesthetic centre directly at (905) 549-7873 to book a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable technicians

Would you like to see a Video Demonstration?

  • I am pleased to offer a new section on the website with video demonstrations of various procedures
  • To watch a video-clip in which Dr. V talks about: