Why Seek Laser Treatment For Acne?
Acne is generally successfully treated with a variety of topical and oral medications. Inflammatory acne often requires the chronic use of antibiotics by mouth. Treating acne with lasers may lessen the amount of antibiotics required. Laser treatment can improve not only the inflamed acne, but may also lead to the reduction of acne scars.
What Lasers Are Used For Acne?
There are 2 basic groups of lasers and light-based systems used for treating acne. One group inhibits the growth of the bacteria that is involved in acne lesions; the other shrinks the sebaceous oil glands that play a pivotal role in acne. Your physician may use more than 1 laser or light-based system to optimize the acne clearing benefits of these devices.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Most patients require approximately 5-7 monthly treatments to see the desired improvement. Periodic re-treatments will be required as acne reappears.
Can I Combine Laser Treatment With Other Acne Treatments?
Most patients stay on their topical medications while undergoing laser treatments, although, in general, the dosage will be lowered. Laser acne treatments may be combined with microdermabrasion, leading to even better results than with the laser alone.
What is Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling on the face. The scalp, neck, ears, chest, back and/or eyes may also be affected.
What Kind of Symptoms Can One Expect?
Symptoms range from red pimples, lines and visible blood vessels to dry or burning skin and a tendency to flush easily. Many people find that the emotional effects of rosacea such as low self-confidence and avoidance of social situations are more difficult to handle than the physical ones. Although it can affect anyone, rosacea typically appears in light-skinned, light-haired adults aged 30-50.
What are the Treatment Options Available?
While there is no cure for rosacea, there are now effective treatments for this skin condition. The most common approach is to use antibiotic medications, either in the form of creams or pills.