Frequently asked questions
Who is a candidate for Pastelle Toning?
There are a few conditions for which you should consider Pastelle 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. Pastelle 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 Pastelle Toning?
There is no patient downtime associated with the Pastelle 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 hyperpigmentation.
Are there any risks or side effects with Pastelle 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 Pastelle 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.
Does the treatment hurt and long does the treatment take?
The treatment is painless and it only takes about 10-15 minutes.
What are PRE Pastelle Laser guidlines?
1.Before treatment, is highly recommended that patients use a chemical exfoliant (Glycolic acid, Retin- for at least two weeks.
2. Do not wax 1 week prior to treatment or shave the day of treatment.
3. Patients with a history of cold sores/herpes simplex must be pre-treated with a prophylactic antiviral medication prior to treatment.
4. Avoid sunbeds or sun exposure prior to treatment. Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide 5% or more should be used as least 2 weeks prior to treatment.
5. Makeup should be avoided on the area to be treated for 4 hours prior to treatment if possible.
6. All medications must be checked for photosenstivity.
What are POST Pastelle Laser guidelines?
7. What are POST Pastelle Laser guidelines?
Following treatment, avoid sun exposure and apply a sunscreen containing at least 5% zinc one hour before going outdoors for at least two weeks. Pure aloe vera gel and cold compresses may be used for comfort and swelling. After 4 hours the skin may be cleansed with a gentle cleanser that is non-abrasive with out artificial fragrance, detergents, color or oils. Moisturize daily with a non-comodogenic moisturizer. Avoid the use of glycolic, retinols and toners for 5-7 days.
When dermal or epidermal lesions have been treated, patients are advised to avoid peeling off or damaging any scabbing that may occur and to let the scab fall off naturally. An antibiotic cream can be applied to the lesion until the crust falls off.