Laser Acne Treatments

.What Is Acne?
Acne is a condition caused by skin cells that do not shed properly and plug pores causing oil and bacteria to be trapped inside. As oil and bacteria accumulate, the skin becomes inflamed and swells outward forming whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

How Do the Treatments Work?
The laser light is delivered through the skin’s surface triggering the body’s natural bacteria fighting defenses. Theses defenses kill the problem causing bacteria, significantly reducing the severity of current and future breakouts.

A usual course of treatment involves twice weekly sessions done over 2-4 weeks for a total of 4-8 sessions. The duration of treatment is determined by the severity of your acne and your body’s response to the sessions.

What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Dr. Nguyen will discuss your medical history with you, including any drugs you are currently taking.

Before a treatment session, your skin is cleaned and a thin gel is applied to the surface of the skin. Dr. Nguyen will then glide the laser light over the skin in a brushing motion.

Is It Painful?
Many patients say the laser pulses feel like the snap of a rubber band against the skin. Treatments over active acne may be more uncomfortable. Dr. Nguyen may recommend a topical anesthetic cream which can be applied beforehand to make treatments more comfortable.

What Should I expect Following Treatment?
Your face may appear slightly flushed and swollen, though these effects usually subside after a few hours or days. Sunscreen should be applied, and if you wish, make-up may be applied immediately after a treatment.

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