Laser Acne Treatment
How does Acne Treatment with Photodynamic Therapy( PDT) works?
The eMax PDT system uses a specific spectrum of light that targets the bacteria that actually causes acne. When this bacteria proliferates in clogged pores it can cause bumpy and inflamed acne lesions. It combines light and gentle radio-frequency energies to decrease proliferation of acne-causing bacteria, and may also affect the sebaceous gland from over-production of oil and promote healing of the skin after acne break-out.
What results can one expect from the acne treatment?
Over a series of treatments with the Blue light and Radio Frequency (PDT), most patients notice a faster healing time of existing acne lesions. Frequency and severity of acne lesions should subside as the treatments go on. As well, on-going treatments can help to prevent acne break-outs and promote skin healing after acne break-outs by evening out skin tone and texture.
How frequently does one need PDT Acne treatments?
Treatments are done twice a week for four-six weeks. Each treatment session takes approximately 15 minutes. After the initial series of treatments, additional treatments may be prescribed spread out over a longer interval time to fine-tune your therapy and help maintain the results.
What happens after each PDT Acne treatment?
Temporary pinkness in the skin lasts a very short time, and most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment. Every patient responds differently but most patients report that they notice improvement as early as three weeks into the treatment series.
What is the average number of treatments for Acne?
Active acne is treated for 8 sessions performed twice weekly, followed by maintenance treatments at bi-weekly intervals. Improvement in acne lesion size may not be noticed until half-way through the initial treatment series (after 2 weeks or 4 sessions).
Is treatment with the PDT safe?
Treatment is very safe for all skin tones, even very dark skin. There are many advances in the PDT technology that make it one of the safest acne treatment systems available. There is no long term health hazards from light or radio-frequency energies used. Both have been used for decades in medicine, surgery, and aesthetics without adversity.
How is the treatment tolerated by the patient?
The sensation is often described as “hot pinch” feeling. The sensation only lasts for fraction of a second, and you may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a short time afterward. The cooling tip that touches the skin surface makes the treatment both comfortable and safe. Most patients do not use topical anesthetic to numb the skin for this procedure
Who should get PDT treatment for acne?
Anyone who wants an alternative to traditional topical or oral therapies for acne, or who have not responded to traditional acne solutions. Acne on the face, chest, and back are all treatable with PDT. There are a few medical conditions that contraindicate people from treatment.
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Did you know?
Acne is not caused by poor hygiene.
Acne happens when the oil glands (pores) in the skin become blocked. Hormones make the oil glands produce more oil (sebum) and if the pores are blocked, a build-up occurs and you've got acne. It is not caused by poor hygiene, however keeping your skin clean will help clear acne.