Acne affects young teens as well as adults and is found in both men and women. Prescription medications and over the counter treatments are all methods used to treat the disease. Acne can be difficult to control. It can impact a patient socially and cause them to limit their interactions with others. Depression and decreased self-esteem can also occur. If the treatment is not effective over a prolonged period there is also the risk of acne scarring. For many patients, the treatment of their acne is a number one priority.
There are many things that can cause acne:
- increased oil production
- bacterial infection of the sebum
An Aerolase laser treatment can be both safe and effective in the patients plan of care. It is well tolerated with all skin types. The laser pulse is capable of broad based heating to the skin without discomfort. The heat will kill the bacteria found on the skin and decrease the production of sebum from overactive sebaceous glands. Pore size will decrease which helps limit future breakouts. Improvement to the tone and texture of the skin is also found after laser treatments.
A complementary consultation is required prior to beginning the Aerolase laser treatment. During the consultation, the patient will fill out their medical history and be seen by a licensed provider. Realistic expectations will be discussed and the plan of care reviewed before treatment begins. Patients who are taking prescription medications should have approval from their primary treating physician.
A complete list of patient recommendations can be found under the heading “Laser Aesthetic Medicine”.
Treatment begins with cleansing the skin and removing all makeup or topical lotions. These can absorb light from the laser and cause discomfort. Photos will be taken to monitor the results during treatment. The provider will use a laser wand to make multiple passes across the area to be treated. Treatment times will vary depending on the plan of care. Three to five treatments that occur in a one to two-week interval have been found to be the most effective.
Follow up treatments are needed every 1-3 months after the initial treatment session. Patients are encouraged to maintain good skin care after treatment. Cross contamination with environmental factors such as make-up brushes, pillow cases and phones should all be examined and cleaned to prevent bacteria from re-contaminating the skin. Sunscreen is recommended for all patients.
The Aerolase laser is used to help control acne with minimal discomfort and zero downtime. Patients are instructed to continue an effective topical therapy treatment in addition to the laser treatment plan discussed with their provider.