Laser Acne Treatment | Smoothbeam, PDT, and other options available to treat various skin conditions.
What is laser acne treatment? Laser acne treatment uses light energy to eliminate acne and improve the surface of the skin. It’s proven to be rather effective for a large number of participants, and when coupled with a skin care treatment, can be a true treatment for acne.
Smoothbeam is one example of an acne laser treatment. Smoothbeam is noninvasive and does not burn, cut, or remove the skin surface. Instead, Smoothbeam stimulates the body’s natural collagen-building process. The Smoothbeam actually alters the function of the oil-producing sebaceous glands, thereby reducing active acne. This effect reduces the occurrence of future acne scarring. Smoothbeam is frequently used in combination with Vbeam laser treatments to remove redness from acne scars as well.
How does the Smoothbeam work?
The Smoothbeam laser employs a revolutionary, patented process during which the skin is deep-cooled with a Dynamic Cooling Device. This device first deep-cools the area of skin to be treated with a short blast of cryogen spray. This cold blast protects the epidermis from the subsequent heat of the laser. Cooling is instantly followed by the laser beam, which targets the upper dermis. This combined cooling/heating process protects the outer layer of skin while allowing the heat to reprogram the collagen-building process within the deeper layers of the skin. A byproduct of this process is that the laser heats the sebaceous glands and causes a change in their function.
During clinical trials, 98% of patients demonstrated a clearing of back acne lesions after 4 treatments and did not show signs of reoccurrence for six months after the first treatment. Results may vary. Several treatments may be required, depending on anatomical location and the extent of desired results.
Other treatments for acne
Smoothbeam is a true laser acne treatment. There are other methods available for treating acne. Acne can also be reduced with acne photodynamic treatment. Photodynamic Acne Treatment (PDT) is a process by which a photosensitizing agent called Levulan® is applied to your skin. A photosensitizing agent is a special solution applied to the skin that is activated by a specific wavelength of light, which turns it on. PDT can also diminish older acne scars. Thus, following this treatment, skin feels smoother with fewer pimples. This is a rapid treatment method, which many patients like. However, there are some downsides to PDT, including reddened skin and peeling for several days after treatment.
How do you know which treatment is the best for your acne? Working with a dermatologist will help you determine your best course of treatment.
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