Spectra Laser Toning Overview
The Spectra Toning treatment is a two-part laser procedure that can reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigment lesions caused by aging, hormone shifts, and sun exposure. During the procedure, a photo-enhancer is applied to the skin, followed by the Spectra VRM III Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser that selectively targets and destroys the melanin cells that cause discoloration.
The most common form of pigment lesions are called melasma. These small, brown spots occur more often in women, and can be attributed to sun exposure, hormone shifts (such as those caused by pregnancy and birth control), and aging. Spectra Toning is an effective non-invasive method for reducing the appearance of melasma.
You should avoid exposure to the sun for several weeks before the procedure, as it can exacerbate the appearance of melasma and tanning can increase the risk of hyper-pigmentation after the laser therapy. On the day of your appointment, your skin should be free of any makeup.
Anesthesia is not necessary for the Spectra Toning procedure. However, a topical photo-enhancing cream will be applied to the areas of the skin to be treated.
- The Spectra laser is then applied to the skin. The non-ablative laser works by penetrating skin and targeting areas of pigmentation, such as melasma and other dark spots and lesions, destroying the melanin cells that cause them without damaging the surrounding, healthy tissue.
The Spectra Toning treatment may also reduce pore size and the appearance of fine wrinkles, and improve the overall texture of the treated skin. Most patients need to receive 6-8 sessions of Spectra Toning treatments to see full results.
Spectra Peel FAQ
Who is a candidate for Spectra Toning?
There are a few conditions for which you should consider Spectra Toning. It can be a very effective tool for reducing the appearance of melasma, or areas of brown skin pigmentation usually brought on by hormonal shifts, such as pregnancy. Spectra Toning can also help reduce the appearance of other dark spots and lesions, as well as pores and fine wrinkles.
What is the recovery time for Spectra Toning?
There is no patient downtime associated with the Spectra Toning treatment. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. Take care to use a high SPF sunscreen on all treated areas and avoid direct sun exposure before and after treatment. Prolonged sun exposure can cause and exacerbate existing melasma, and sun exposure directly after laser treatment can increase the risk of hyper-pigmentation.
Are there risks or side effects with Spectra Toning?
This is a non-ablative laser procedure, which means the laser works without heating the surface of the skin. This translates to virtually no pain or downtime for the patient.
How long do the results last?
The Spectra Toning treatment is a gradual process. Most patients will need to undergo 6-8 sessions before they begin to see results. Avoiding sun exposure before and after treatment can help to maximize and prolong results.