Acne affects millions Americans each year. Most teenagers experience some acne, but this disease can affect individuals into their adult years. Lasers basically apply heat as a way to specifically target and eliminate acne bacteria. While acne is not life threatening, acne can scar. Lasers cause cells to produce normal collagen fibers which gradually override the acne scar tissue.
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Frequently Asked Questions
An Intense light is applied in a series of gentle pulse over the treatment area. Pulsed light can deliver hundreds of thousands of colors of light at one time. Pulsed light machines use “cut off” filters to selectively deliver the desired wavelengths. These wavelengths can be customized to reach the specific hair, blood vessels, or skin component being treated and can be modified with each pulse. This capability allows the experienced pulsed light operator to vary the light delivered in order to match the depth of the target and avoid the areas that are not being treated.
Broadband light is introduced as a way to specifically target and eliminate acne bacteria.
Yes. The pulsed light device can customize settings to select the wavelengths, number of pulses, duration of pulses, delay between pulses, and power delivered to best match the relative depth, size, and absorption characteristics of the intended target and avoid settings that would cause damage to the areas that need to be preserved.
Acne occurs when the oil produced by sebaceous glands does not reach the surface of the skin but is trapped in tiny pores or follicles. This plug may close off the pore causing the follicle wall to bulge which creates a whitehead. If the pore stays open the top surface of the plug may become darkened causing a blackhead. In both cases, the bacteria thrives in the clogged follicles. When the bacteria and pus leak from the follicle into the surrounding tissue, pimples are formed.
Unfortunately, acne is something most of us have experienced at one time or another. As many as three out of four teenagers have experienced it to some extent. It is most prevalent during adolescence because hormonal changes stimulate the sebaceous glands (oil glands) into producing more sebum (oil), increasing the chance of acne. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many continue to be affected much longer. Aggravation of acne in later life may occur with menstrual periods, use of birth control pills, use of oil-based products, and stress.
Many patients are not comfortable with the potential adverse effects of long term use of medication. Antibiotics in particular may lead to resistant strains of bacteria leaving certain antibiotics useless in preventing and combating disease when they are needed most. This may become increasingly the case when we allow our teenagers to be put on long-term antibiotic therapy for acne.
Some medications like Accutane, which is used for severe cases of acne, are so potent that the patient’s blood levels must be monitored during treatment. It would be nice if these types of medications could be avoided.
Immediately following treatment, the skin may appear flushed, brown pigmented spots may appear darker, and capillaries may be more visible. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.
After two to four weekly treatments, most patients experience a reduction in the severity of their acne and a reduction in the number of pustules and papules. Treatments provide long term resolution of hyperactive sebaceous glands.
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