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Brown Spots & Hyperpigmentation

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Brown spots and other pigment irregularities are among the most common skin care concerns. In the Calgary area, Dr. Jason McWhirter offers several options for fading these spots - regardless of what causes them or how long you've had them. If you're unhappy with the way brown spots and freckles affect your appearance, read on to learn about ReNue's arsenal of long-term solutions for clear, beautiful skin.

For custom-tailored advice for treating your brown spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation, request a consultation at one of our convenient medspas in downtown Calgary, Seton, or Airdrie. Or you can call us at 403-454-1244 (Calgary) or 403-945-0350 (Airdrie) or 403-523-1091 (Seton) and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

What Are Brown Spots?

Liver spots, freckles, sun spots - although they go by many names, brown spots are a fairly straightforward and common issue. These areas of increased melanin (the pigment that colours our skin) often have a hereditary component, which is why it's common to see them across multiple generations of families. They can also be exacerbated by a few different factors, including:

  • Sun exposure
  • Aging
  • Hormonal fluctuations

Your Treatment Options

At ReNue, Dr. McWhirter and our staff understand that each patient deserves customized care. He evaluates each patient as an individual, asking questions about health history and other factors that can contribute to the development of hyperpigmentation. He also emphasizes finding solutions that take each patient's lifestyle into account so that treatments don't interfere with their daily activities.

If you'd like to fade your dark spots or hyperpigmentation, explore the options below.

Photo Rejuvenation

Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a non-invasive treatment that uses light to break apart areas of dense pigment, creating a more even skin tone over the course of several sessions. Generally, more significant brown spots require more treatments. We use the innovative Cynosure Elite MPX system, which combines multiple wavelengths of light to target your precise concerns.

The light used during IPL scatters pigment and breaks it apart into very small particles, eventually causing it to disappear. Treatments are generally administered about a month apart, and no anesthesia or recuperation time is needed.

IPL has the ancillary benefit of reducing facial hair, too. Some people use it as a gentler alternative to laser hair removal.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use special chemical exfoliants to resurface skin, effectively resolving fine lines, shallow scars, and dull skin in addition to hyperpigmentation and brown spots.

We offer several different peel options to meet the diverse needs of our patients, from superficial peels that require little downtime to more intense peels that may necessitate a few days of recuperation at home. One of the most popular and advanced peels is the SkinTx Jessner Plus Peel. We also offer the Vivier Peel as a lighter option.

Although chemical peels use powerful ingredients, they're often gentler on skin than physical exfoliants, which agitate the skin to slough away its outer layers. Contrary to popular belief, many peels are perfectly safe for sensitive skin. They're also the treatment of choice for melasma (called the "mask of pregnancy), a hormonal condition that causes the development of dark patches across the face.

At-Home Skincare

We're pleased to offer a range of skin care products, many of which are available only through physicians. Our aesthetic professionals look forward to helping you choose the perfect product to fade your dark spots.


Whether you wish to complement the results of an in-office treatment or use these products on their own, our home-use lines include many wonderful, easy-to-use options. We stock only brands that are trusted by Dr. McWhirter and our staff.

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