How to Acne Treatment with Laser Therapy
Many people have discovered that conventional acne treatments simply do not work for them. Since then, some of these people have decided to consider laser acne treatment. If you are one of these people, here is what you should know before getting your first laser treatment:
Laser treatment is non-invasive, drugless, pretty much painless and FDA-approved.
Laser therapy is a treatment that is both safe and effective first or second-line or add-on treatment.
Acne Treatment with Laser
This treatment will work well if you have mild to moderate acne. Laser acne scar removal is also possible and does not have any known long-term systemic side effects.
Laser treatment seems to work equally well on both light and dark skin. However, some skin types are more responsive to this treatment than others. This is because all skin types are different when it comes to their texture, pore size, topography, the size and distribution of oil glands, etc.
You should talk to your dermatologist before you get any laser treatment for acne or scar resurfacing done. He will be able to tell you what results you can expect.
If you choose to go through with laser treatment, you will need to make sure that the treatment facility is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Some of the lasers that have been approved by the FDA include: Aramis Erbium Glass Laser by Quantel Medical (1540 nm wavelength); Smoothbeam Diode Laser by Candela (1450 nm wavelength); V-Star Pulsed Dye Laser by Cynosure; V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser by Candela; N-Lite Pulsed Dye Laser by EU Photonics (577-585 nm wavelength); Aura and Aura-i KTP Lasers by Laserscope (532 nm wavelength); Profile Nd:
Yg Laser by Sciton (1319 nm wavelength); and the Cooltouch Nd: Yg Laser by Cooltouch (1320 nm wavelength).You should know that a laser beam would be focused on the areas where your acne is.
The light that is put off by a laser is of a single wavelength. It is very intense and hot so that it can work under the skin where your acne is.
Acne treatment by laser works in 2 ways. First, it will shrink the oil-producing sebaceous glands where the acne is. Secondly, it will destroy the acne-producing bacteria.
Laser acne scarring is also available. In this treatment, the laser is used to get rid of the deep, ugly scars that are left by acne.
If you have thick, red scars, they will be treated by pulsed dye lasers.
If you have atrophic scars, a carbon dioxide laser will need to be used to resurface the area.
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Latest treatment method
The latest, most effective way to treat acne scars is by Fraxel laser treatment. Usually, local, topical anesthesia is given here in order to minimize any discomfort that you may feel.
Regardless of what treatment you use, the number of sessions required to depend upon the type of lesion, the collagen, and your wound-healing response. Usually, you will need to have multiple treatments about 3 to 4 weeks apart from one another in order to see significant results.
If you have any side effects from treating your acne with laser treatments, they will be minimal and may include redness that will go away in a few hours. You may also have some swelling that will take a little while to heal.
After receiving laser treatment for your acne, you will need to use sun protection.