Our acne laser helps control active acne by decreasing the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria on your skin and reducing the over-production of oil.
We use blue light and bipolar radiofrequency. We also use other laser treatments to enhance the treatment.
After these treatments, you can immediately resume your normal daily activity.
How can acne laser help you?
The laser is another way to treat acne in order to improve the appearance of your skin.
How does it work?
Our acne laser helps control active acne by decreasing the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria on your skin and by reducing the over-production of oil. We use blue light and bipolar radiofrequency. We also use other laser treatments to enhance the treatment.
What can you expect during your treatment?
Your skin will be cleaned. A clear ultrasonic get will be applied. The blue light and radiofrequency will be applied. It will feel like a rubber band snap. Most people can tolerate this treatment. If you feel your skin is extra sensitive, a numbing cream can be applied first. Please inform us and come 30 minutes earlier. During your first treatment, another laser treatment is also done to help decrease the production of oil. After these treatments, you can immediately resume your normal daily activity.
What areas can be treated?
Your whole face will be treated. Treatment frequency is twice a week for the first month, once a week the second month and every other week the third month.
What should I do to prepare for treatment?
Please avoid tanning the area to be treated. If you do go out in the sun, use complete sun block (>SPF), applied 2 to 3 times a day for at least 3 weeks prior to your treatment. Deeply tanned skin should be treated 4 to 6 weeks after active sun exposure. Schedule your treatments when you are not having your menstrual period as some women experience more pain with this treatment during their menstrual periods.
For 7 days before treatment, avoid taking anticoagulants (including baby aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, flax, fish oil and extra vitamin C and E). However, if you have been prescribed an anticoagulant (such as heparin or warfarin, Naprosyn, or any other blood thinner), then you must get permission from your treating doctor to have the treatment.
For 2 to 3 days prior to treatment, discontinue any irritant topical agents, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, glycolic acids, resorcinol, retinoic acid.
If possible, arrive with clean skin. There should be no lotion, sunscreen, make-up, perfume, powder, bath or shower oil, or deodorant present on the skin area to be treated. Your skin should be clean. If you do come in with something on your skin, please inform us, so we may clean your skin prior to the treatment. The treatment needs to penetrate the skin, so lotions such as sunscreen and make-up will block the light and then you will have a less effective treatment.
Avoid tanning the area to be treated or use complete sun block (>SPF 30), applied 2-3 times a day for at least 3 weeks prior to treatment. Deeply tanned skin should be treated 4-6 weeks after active sun exposure.
Schedule your treatments when you are not having your menstrual period as some women experience more pain with this treatment during their menstrual periods.
What are the after-treatment instructions?
Protect the treated area with SPF 30 or higher sun block and avoid intentional sun tanning in the first several weeks following treatment. Wear a hat outside or use an umbrella if possible. You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to each time you go out into the sun, unless you have my Instant Protection sunscreen which can be applied just prior to going out.
Some redness and swelling in the treated area is expected, and you can use cold compresses to help reduce these symptoms. The physician may direct you to use some mild hydrocortisone for itching or skin irritation or antibiotic ointment (if the skin is broken) to prevent infection.
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