When looking for an effective and non-surgical melasma treatment, Skin Theory Aesthetics™ has the perfect solution. We offer a wide range of cosmetic treatments designed to give you better and younger looking skin.
Ever wondered how Hollywood Stars look so fresh and glowy on the red carpet? Have a wedding, holiday event, or special party to get ready for?
The Hollywood Laser Peel, also known as the Spectra Laser Peel is the answer. It is an exfoliating and resurfacing procedure that improves the appearance of dark spots (including melasma), fine wrinkles, and acne, leaving beautiful and soft glowing skin.
Skin Theory Aesthetics is expert at the Spectra Laser Peel, providing reliable results, all with no pain or down time.
What is Melasma?
An estimated six million American women are afflicted with melasma. While it does not present any real health risks and is not really painful, its appearance can bring distress to many.
What is melasma and what causes it?
Melasma is pigmented brown splotches produced in the same manner as brown spots and freckles. Melasma results when pigment-producing cells become hyperactive and produce too much pigment in some areas of the skin. It is more prevalent in people who have a darker skin type. This is because darker skin naturally has more pigment-producing cells.
While it is more common in women, it may also affect men. In addition, you’re more likely to develop melasma if your relatives also have this condition.
Melasma commonly appears on these areas:
Bridge of the nose
They may also appear on the areas that are most exposed to the sun, including:
Melasma has many causes, however, these are the most common:
Melasma can result when you experience hormonal fluctuations. This may explain why many women experience melasma during pregnancy. You can also get melasma when you start or stop hormonal medications including birth control pills or HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
When there are already underlying factors like genetics or hormonal changes, sun exposure may exacerbate the condition. Sometimes, you may not get melasma even if you’re genetically predisposed. However, it may manifest itself or get worse by sun exposure.
Certain skin products may irritate a person’s skin and cause hyperpigmentation.
People who have close relatives with melasma have a bigger chance of developing the condition themselves.
The Spectra Laser Peel as Melasma Treatment
What is Spectra Laser Peel?
Spectra Laser Peel is an FDA-approved skin-resurfacing treatment that uses a series of laser pulses and wavelengths to gently exfoliate skin.
It is a popular treatment that can address skin imperfections like fine lines, acne scars, and enlarged pores. It is also effective at reducing pigmentation issues including dark spots, freckles, and melasma.
The Spectra Laser Peel is a popular go-to treatment for Hollywood stars because it provides quick results with no downtime.
How Does It Work?
The Spectra Laser Peel uses a gentle laser light assisted by carbon to gently resurface and exfoliate the skin. For the treatment, the laser is used in two modes. Each affects the skin differently to give you the results you desire:
Spectra Mode: When the laser is used in this mode, it targets the dermis (the skin layer below the topmost and most visible layer of the skin). It goes down deep into the layer to stimulate skin cell regeneration and production of collagen.
It also addresses any inflammation in your skin including acne.
Q-Switched Mode: When the laser is switched to this mode, it targets the carbon contained in the specially formulated Spectra lotion applied to the skin at the start of the treatment. This assists in the exfoliation of old skin cells from the outermost skin layer.
If you have any hyperpigmentation including brown spots, freckles, or deeper pigment issues as melasma, the laser targets and breaks down the pigment into smaller particles that can be eliminated naturally by the body.
What Issues Can a Spectra Laser Peel Address?
As already mentioned above, Spectra Laser Peel can address skin pigmentation issues. However, it does more than this. It can also help with:
✔️ Acne scars
✔️ Oily skin
✔️ Enlarged pores
✔️ Fine lines
✔️ Pigmented lesions
✔️ Unwanted tattoos
What are the Benefits of the Spectra Laser Peel?
There’s a reason why this is such a popular treatment among Hollywood stars. It offers these benefits:
✔️ It’s safe for most skin types
✔️ It can even out skin tone and color
✔️ It can be safely used with other treatments including Radio Frequency (RF) therapy, microdermabrasion, and IPL
✔️ The procedure is quick and comfortable
✔️ There’s minimal to no downtime
✔️ The results are long term
✔️ It’s FDA approved and therefore safe
✔️ It reduces or eliminates the appearance of dark spots
✔️ It can treat deeper and more stubborn pigmentation (it makes this perfect as a melasma treatment option)
What To Expect for Your Spectra Laser Peel Treatment
Unlike other skin treatments that may require more extensive pre-treatment preparations, the Spectra Laser Peel is pretty straight forward.
When you come in for a treatment, your skin is thoroughly cleansed. Depending on your sensitivity, your specialist may apply a topical anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during the treatment. This takes approximately 20 minutes to take effect.
A specially formulated carbon-based lotion is applied thinly and evenly over the skin. The carbon in the lotion assists the laser in exfoliating and resurfacing the skin.
As mentioned above, the laser is used in two modes with the Spectra mode designed to encourage skin regeneration and the Q-Switched mode designed to address pigmentation.
During the treatment, you may hear snapping sounds as the laser is passed over the skin. Your skin can become tingly and warm. To help keep your skin cool, your specialist may use a saline solution spray in between passes of the laser.
A treatment session takes less than an hour.
For less deep pigmentation issues, a single treatment can already yield visible results. However, as a melasma treatment, you may require more than one treatment to address your issues. The number of treatments will depend on the severity and depth of your melasma. Treatments are spaced out very 4 to 6 weeks.
Are There Side Effects?
The laser light used in the Spectra Laser Peel is gentle. However, you may observe a slight reddening of the skin after the treatment. This should subside within hours.
Some patients also experience some swelling or itching for a few days. Again, this should subside within a few days.
Depending on the treatment level, there may be puffiness and mild crusting. For those who undergo melasma treatment, areas can darken as the pigment is being targeted by the laser. While it may be a cause of concern, this is fortunately temporary and can resolve within 4 to 6 weeks.
Any After Treatment Care?
Your specialist will advise you to take the following precautions:
✔️ Avoid direct sun 12 to 24 hours after the treatment
✔️ Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50
✔️ Avoid extreme heat after the treatment, including hot showers or saunas
✔️ Wash your face with a gentle oil free cleanser 2 to 3 times a day
✔️ Refrain from using products with Retin-A, hydroquinone, glycolic or azelaic acids, or corticosteroids
Have Melasma Problems? Skin Theory Aesthetics Can Help
Having large patches of brown on your skin can be distressing. However, melasma can effectively be addressed by the Spectra Laser Peel.
If you’re interested in the treatment and what it can do for you, talk to our specialists to have your questions answered. We can create a treatment plan that is specially designed to address your particular needs.
Call to book an appointment at (951) 735-5570.
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