Laser Acne Removal
Acne is a common problem, affecting people in their teens, twenties, and into adulthood. It is caused when the pores become clogged with excess skin cells. The oil from the sebaceous glands is blocked from reaching the skin's surface. The result is the growth of bacteria, resulting in pustules and infections.
Keeping the skin clean and using over-the-counter medicinal creams are often helpful for mild acne. However, chronic breakouts and severe acne may not respond to these treatments. For some, acne is difficult to keep under control.
Acne does not have side effects on the body's health, but is a source of high emotional distress for many people. Quality of life can be affected when a person avoids social interactions, personal relationships, or feels uncomfortable in public areas. Acne can cause depression and loss of self-confidence.
Laser acne removal is a non-invasive treatment for severe or chronic acne. Some lasers work by damaging the sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands. This causes less oil to be secreted and the pores less likely to become clogged. Other lasers target the bacteria that cause acne. Some lasers offer a combination of these treatments. The correct laser treatment will depend on the cause of the acne.
Diode laser therapy penetrates the top layer of skin to reach the middle layer, called the dermis. The laser heat affects the sebaceous glands without harming or affecting the top layer of skin. There may be some discomfort or pain, but it is easily controlled using a topical analgesic.
The results of laser acne treatment will vary for each individual. The vast majority of patients see a clear improvement of acne. Treatments over several months may be necessary to achieve the desired results. The effectiveness of laser treatments will depend on the cause of the acne, skin type, number of sessions, and the severity. Be sure to consult with Dr. Zizmor to learn more about laser acne removal.