Lasers can be used to help those who suffer from mild to moderate acne that has not responded to over-the-counter or prescription therapies. The treatment works by shrinking the oil glands below
the skin, which are the source of breakouts.
As a result, oil production is reduced, clearing the skin. It can be used on the face, but also other areas, including the back, neck, arms and chest. Side effects may include soreness, irritation and sometimes minor swelling. These effects should go away after a few days. You should experience no scarring or skin discoloration from laser treatment.
Lasers are also an effective way treat scarring that is the result of acne as well as any redness associated with those scars. More than one session is usually needed for the most effective results. Pain is minimal and there may be some redness or swelling for a few days after a treatment. We recommend avoiding sun exposure for several weeks afterwards."
All treatments are performed in our office. You will be given safety eyewear to protect your eyes. A small hand piece will be used to guide the laser over the treatment areas. The laser emits a quick burst of cooling spray after each laser pulse. The length of each session depends on the area being treated. Sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
There can be some discomfort. Most people describe each laser pulse as the snapping of a rubber band against the skin, but this discomfort goes away quickly. Our laser also releases a cooling spray to soothe the skin. Some people choose to apply a topical anesthetic prior to a session.
Your skin should be cleaned and dried. Make sure you remove all makeup, creams, oils, and skin-tanning products before a treatment. You should also avoid exposing the treatment area to the sun for 14 days prior to a session.
You may choose to apply a cool compress or gel pack to the treated area. Don't forget to use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) after a treatment. Avoid scrubbing or rinsing the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers for several days afterwards. Ask your technician about any other precautions you should take.
Risks are minimal, but there can be side effects. These include: redness, swelling, hyper or hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (laser bruising). Permanent side effects are rare. If any of these conditions do develop they usually go away after a few days.
Most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures. Check with your specific insurance carrier for details.