Acne is something that many of us will experience to some degree during our lifetime. Unfortunately, it isn’t just limited to the teenage years. Many of us will find that acne continues to plague us well into our adult years. For some, it will come and go and for others, it will be a consistent problem. There are plenty of products that claim to be able to treat acne so that you no longer have to suffer from the ill-effects of the condition. However, many patients find that their successes are limited. Fortunately, there is another option – laser acne treatment.
We are pleased to be a leading provider of laser treatment for acne in Sacramento, CA. Here’s what you need to know about acne and how laser treatment can help.
Acne is a common skin condition during which the skin becomes inflamed and infected. It occurs when the microscopic hair follicles become clogged up with dead skin cells and naturally produced oil. There are different types of acne, and they can vary significantly in appearance. It is possible to suffer from more than one type.
Pimples that have whiteheads that are closed, clogged pores.
Pimples that have blackheads that are open, clogged pores.
Pimples, that are papules with pus at the tips.
Painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin.
Large, solid, painful lumps beneath the surface of the skin called nodules.
Acne is most commonly associated with the face since there are many oil glands located here. However, many patients who experience acne will also find that their chest, shoulders and upper back can also be affected. Picking at or popping your spots can spread the bacteria and worsen the issue, plus increases your risk of developing scarring.
Acne laser treatment is an innovative new approach to treating acne in patients of all ages. Our cutting-edge laser treatment is carried out using the Quanta Q-Plus EVO laser. Short-pulse, high-energy light beams are targeted onto the areas of your face and body affected by acne and acne scarring.
The heat from the laser works to remove the top layer of your skin where scarring has formed. This top layer of dermis then peels off, revealing smoother, softer skin beneath that reduces the appearance of your scarring. If you have active acne, the laser will work to destroy the bacteria causing the acne and decreasing inflammation by ‘switching off’ inflammatory chemicals within the body. The laser has a contact skin cooler which minimizes patient discomfort.
The Quanta Q-Plus EVO laser is widely considered to be one of the most effective lasers for acne treatments. It can be used on all skin types and tones without causing any permanent damage, and the entire process is extremely safe.
It is normal for your skin to feel sore and swollen for up to 48 hours following your treatment. This typically fades fairly quickly, and you can take some over-the-counter pain medication should you need a little help to manage your discomfort. Results can be seen within 48-72 hours, and although you may see a significant improvement in your skin following a single session, for best results, a plan of several treatments is recommended. This will be discussed with you by our team at your consultation but may be subject to change depending on how well your skin responds to the treatment.
If you have acne or acne scarring that is causing you to feel self-conscious about your appearance, don’t suffer for a moment longer than you have to. Contact our compassionate and knowledgeable team at our Sacramento, CA skin clinic today to schedule your confidential consultation.