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Acne Laser Light Treatments
How can I get rid of these pimples?
When Acne Starts
If you haven't found a treatment that works, you are not alone.
HOW IT WORKS:Intense Pulsed light (IPL) combines light and heat to destroy propionibacterium acnes, P. acnes. It also shrinks the sebaceous glands to stop overproduction of oils that cause acne. The light emitted directly targets overactive sebaceous glands, reducing the number and severity of active breakouts, and lessening the inflammation and occurrence of break-outs. The light stimulates the production of new collagen to improve skin texture, and can also reduce the appearance of red or brown areas of skin that are often associated with acne breakouts.
How is this treatment different than an IPL photofacial?
Intense pulsed light (IPL) uses short bursts of high intensity light to treat a variety of skin conditions. IPL treatments usually use a broad spectrum light source, much like standard white light. Today’s technology allows varying choices of handpieces that act like “filters” for the light. When this specific handpiece is used, it limits the light to a specific range of wavelengths that targets the acne, pigment, hair, or collagen. Further, the treatments may be shorter because it will only focus on the areas that have active sebaceous glands.
Is it safe?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is one of the safest acne treatments available…proven to be extremely effective on moderate inflammatory acne. Its technology uses light that is UV-safe and has no known side effects. People with photosensitivity should inquire with our clinicians.
Does it work?
Studies show that intense pulsed light therapy as a single treatment leads to significant acne clearance. Combining Light therapy with in office or home care may further enhance the benefits.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. If you are pregnant or taking Accutane (an acne medication) it is best not to undergo laser of any type.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment may be mildly uncomfortable but no anesthesia is required. Many people describe the sensation as similar to the flick of an elastic band.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Immediately after treatment the skin may appear red and a warm tingling sensation may be felt. Typically the skin is cooled to ease any discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment but this usually disappears within a couple of hours. Most people experience no other side effects but very rarely a small blister could form or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does treatment take?
A typical treatment session is approximately 20 minutes. Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) may be combined with glycolic acid facial peels or silk peel microdermabrasion for maximum results.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 intense pulsed light and 6 exfoliating treatments will result in a significant improvement. Pulsed Light treatments should take place with a glycolic acid peel or silk peel microdermabrasion treatment in between Intense Pulsed Light sessions. It is also best to maintain the results with monthly or bi-monthly in office treatments and home care.
How do I get started?
Call 703.222.0173 to set up a complimentary consultation.
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