The Best Laser Treatments for Acne
Acne is not just a problem faced by teenagers. People of all ages can develop acne, not to mention the acne scars that remain. Acne and acne scars often cause people to feel self-conscious and insecure when it comes to their appearance. The best dermatologists understand that each case of acne or acne scarring needs to be addressed and consequently treated individually. Everyone’s skin is different and thus everyone experiences different degrees of acne related issues.
We have a range of treatment options available for patients that come to us to help clear up acne. From acne laser treatments to photodynamic light treatments, the solutions at our disposal today can work transformative miracles as far as giving acne sufferers back a smooth and glowing complexion. Dermatology is all about helping people feel better about themselves; especially when it comes to combatting acne, cosmetic dermatologists have the ability to work wonders!
Blue Light / Red Light Treatments for Acne
Blue Light and Red Light therapies are FDA approved treatments that can help where some other types of acne treatments may not quite deliver the desired results. Used in tandem, these two light therapies pack a very powerful punch. Essentially, the sequence of Blue Light and then Red Light works to both kill the bacteria responsible for the development of acne, while also reducing the redness and inflammation associated with pimples and zits.
The Red Light additionally works to speed up the healing process so that after even one round of treatment, patients start to notice an actual difference in the appearance of acne. Typically, Red Light and Blue Light therapies require approximately 4-8 treatments in order for acne sufferers to notice optimal results. This is performed in the office and you can return to normal activities immediately following as there is absolutely no downtime. The process is painless.
Isolaz Treatment for Acne
Cosmetic dermatologists often turn to Isolaz treatments for acne removal. Isolaz is actually a two part treatment. Primarily there is a gentle suctioning process, which thoroughly cleans out the pores. Following this, a board certified dermatologist or dermatology provider will use a light application which serves to kill acne causing bacteria. What is truly wonderful and groundbreaking about Isolaz is its effectiveness.
The procedure itself is pain free and can be done right in the office. Meaning, patients can go back to work immediately after. The success rates with Isolaz are incredibly promising and are offering brand new hope for those dealing with severe to moderate acne. Generally, within just a day after the first Isolaz treatment, patients see results. And after the recommended 4-6 treatments, the signs of acne really do start to vanish.
Photodynamic Treatment for Acne
Another extremely popular method of treating acne and acne scarring is with photodynamic therapy (PDT). Unlike some acne laser treatments, photodynamic therapy is actual a hybrid treatment. The process combines both blue light therapy as well as a special topical medication called Levulan, that used together act to not only clear up acne but also improve the overall skin texture.
Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid) is applied to the skin’s surface and then the blue light activates this medication. This specific formula basically works to shrink oil producing glands, which in turn, gives acne causing bacteria a much more restrictive environment and therefore helps stem the proliferation of any such bacteria.
Usually patients will receive 3-5 treatments each spaced a few weeks apart. Because of the nature of the topical medication, it is important to try and avoid or protect against extensive exposure to the sun following this treatment.
Acne does not have to ruin your life. Many suffer embarrassment and a loss of self confidence as a result of acne flare ups or the telltale acne scars left behind. This does not have to be the case. With all of the advances in dermatology, especially in regard to how we approach acne, from laser treatments to light therapies, we can devise a solution that works for your particular acne situation and your skin condition. We are about enabling patients to feel like their best selves and helping them face the world with confidence again!
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Schweiger Dermatology Group is the leading provider of dermatology services in NY, CT, NJ and PA specializing in cosmetic and medical dermatology. With over 90 offices and more than 300 healthcare providers, our group of dermatology providers are highly sought after for their expertise in treatments of acne, Botox, fillers, laser treatments, skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.