Laser Acne Treatment - A Permanent Solution for Facial Acne Scars

Many acne suffers today more and more are choosing laser acne treatment to remove acne and acne scarring.

While there is so much debate over the use of powerful acne medications like accutane and the long-term usage of antibiotics, laser acne treatment sparks little to no debate at all. Laser treatment is a part of the emerging new futuristic therapies to help fight acne.

Laser and various light therapy treatments offer promising safe alternatives to treating acne. Why? Because you don’t have to be injected with or take any prescription based treatments that can sometimes permanently affect your body. With laser acne treatment it deals directly with the problem area (the surface of your skin), without causing side effects to other parts of your body.

Lasers as well as light therapy can not only improve painful inflammatory acne, but it can definitely have a MAJOR impact in the removal and improvement of acne scars. Laser treatment is also good for acne sufferers whose acne won’t respond to traditional acne treatments.

How does laser acne treatment work?

There are two basic groups of lasers that are used primary to treat acne. The first group is lasers that help to completely stop the growth of P.acnes (the bacteria that cause acne), the second group can actually shrink the sebaceous oil glands so as to stop the over production of sebum that the sebaceous glands release.

These powerful lasers work by targeting the exact structures of the problem areas of your skin. The laser beams are adjusted to penetrate below the epidermis (outer layer of your skin); without causing any injury to it. These lasers can then travel into the dermis (the thick sensitive layer of your skin); where it can focus directly on the hair follicles, sebaceous glands and the bacterial cause of acne all at the same time.

In other words, it gets straight to the point and right to the problem area with no hesitation. Isn’t modern technology amazing?

The lasers that can do this type of treatment are the resurfacing (ablative) lasers and the (non-ablative) lasers.

Ablative Laser Acne Treatment

This type of laser can accurately remove the outer layers of damaged facial skin by using high-energy light to burn away and remove scar tissue, while at the same time stimulating your dermal collagen to tighten up; which greatly reduces the amount of scarring that is physically seen on the surface of your skin.

However, while all this sounds fantastic there is a downside or risk to the usage of this type of treatment. Ablative lasers are usually used for very deep scars and have a high risk of further scarring. Your skin may even remain quite red for several months after this treatment is performed.

If I were you be sure that if you decide to use this type of treatment make sure that you find a doctor that is VERY skilled at using this type of treatment. Find a doctor that has years and years and years of SUCCESSFUL use of this treatment. You don’t want any inexperienced newly graduated dermatologist practicing on your already sensitive damaged skin.

Non-ablative Laser Acne Treatment

This is an extraordinary potent laser as it has the ability to promote collagen growth beneath an acne scar without creating any external injury. Non-ablative lasers can produce a very precisely controlled targeted treatment to the structures in your dermis, while totally sparing your epidermis from any damage. How is this done?

This is all done with the use of heat. The dermal collagen is heated which helps to constrict the dermis and the end result is less visible scarring on your skin.

Non-ablative laser resurfacing can be quite successful for treating boxcar scars, and for smoothing as well as tightening scars. However, unfortunately this treatment would not be very useful if you have very deep, depressed, craterlike scarring.

Understanding Laser Treatment For Acne

There are several different types of laser and light therapy treatments that exist that you can discuss with your doctor. Here is a brief short description of each.

Pulsed Light & Heat Energy Therapy

When used in combination these two powerful treatment therapies destroy the P.acnes and shrink the sebaceous glands at the same time. This stops all of that excess oil from being produced.

Diode Laser Therapy

This type of treatment can actually destroy the sebaceous glands in the dermis, which is the thick middle layer of your skin, without even harming you’re outer layer of skin. Know that this treatment can be quite painful but your doctor can use analgesics on your skin before this treatment.

Photopneumatic Therapy

This particular treatment uses vacuum suctioning to remove oil and dead skin cells within your sebaceous glands. Then the area that was treated is then additionally treated with blue as well as red light therapy in order to wipe out the P. acnes and take away the inflammation.

Blue Light Treatment Therapy

Next, with this treatment your skin is bare and exposed to a low-intensity blue light that helps to destroy P. acnes also. However, know that this procedure while painless must be done over a period of time through many treatment sessions.

Photodynamic Therapy Skin Treatment

With this treatment your doctor will normally use topical medications along with the light-based therapy. A medication known as photosensitizing agent is applied to your skin in order to intensify the effects of the light based therapy. Next, more lights are used at the same time to continue the effectiveness of this treatment.

So what do all these cosmetic treatments of lasers and lights cost? Laser acne treatment and light therapy can be quite pricy. And, unfortunately a lot of insurance plans will not cover these treatments because they are considered cosmetic.

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