Spectra Peel Overview
The Spectra Peel is a non-invasive method used to treat acne and enlarged pores. The treatment uses a combination of photo-enhancing topical cream and the application of a laser to reduce inflammation, unclog pores, and stimulate new skin growth.
Acne is a chronic skin disease usually caused by an overproduction of sebum, an oily, waxy substance. The Spectra Peel works by reducing the production of sebum, along with reducing the size of pores and facial redness. After several treatment sessions, patients should begin to see a noticeable decrease in active acne as well as improved skin tone and texture.
You should avoid exposure to the sun for several weeks before the procedure, as it can increase your risk of hyper-pigmentation. You may be instructed to prepare your skin with retinol, vitamin C serum, or other topical agents, but their use will need to be suspended five days before and after the procedure.
Anesthesia is generally not needed, though a topical photo-enhancing cream will be applied to the areas of skin to be treated. This will improve the efficacy of the laser.
- 3. The Spectra laser is then applied to the skin. The first step of the laser treatment reaches deep into the skin, targeting the acne deep in the dermis by reducing inflammation and generating skin cell production. The second step of the laser treatment then works on active surface acne by removing the top layer of dead skin cells, unclogging pores, reducing the size of glands that produce pore-clogging oil, and generating the production of new skin.
When the laser interacts with the carbon-based cream, it destroys the individual particles within the pores, creating a peeling effect equally across the epidermal layer and remodeling the inside of the pores.
Spectra Peel FAQ
Who is a candidate for the Spectra Peel?
You should consider the Spectra Peel if you are an adolescent or adult and you suffer from moderate to severe acne and/or enlarged pores, and have unsuccessfully tried other methods of treatment.
What is the recovery time for the Spectra Peel?
Most patients will experience no downtime after receiving the Spectra Peel treatment, and are able to immediately return to normal daily activities.
Are there risks or side effects with the Spectra Peel?
Some patients report a slight stinging sensation during the application of the laser, but this is temporary and mild. To minimize risk, be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen on all treated areas and avoid direct sun exposure both before and after treatment.
How long do the results last?
Acne lesions should begin to reduce in size after the first treatment session. Additional treatments every 2-3 weeks will be necessary to achieve optimal results. Most patients won’t see optimal results until the full course of treatment has been completed.
While the Spectra Peel can provide long lasting results, they are not permanent. To maintain the improved condition of the skin after the initial sessions, follow-up treatments are recommended every three months.