Laser Treatment for Acne
Perhaps you have considering acne laser skin treatment. Laser treatment for acne has been increasing in popularity due to being very effective for treating several different acne conditions. We will go over the most common concerns about this form of treatment to give you a better idea on what to expect.
Skin 101 for People Considering Laser Therapy
The skin is the largest organ of your body consisting of about 80% water. A Smoothbeam acne laser emits a wavelength of light that is strongly absorbed by water in your skin. As the laser penetrates into the skin, heat is generated in and around the sebaceous glands in the upper layers of your skin. The heating of the sebaceous glands creates a mild thermal injury that changes the activity and function of the glands. Shortly after the first treatment, you will start to see a reduction in the number of acne lesions on your skin. These lesions do not reappear for as long as 6 months.
But this is only one application of laser treatment for acne. Other lasers are calibrated to heat blood just below the skin the cauterize the skin so it just sloughs off, allowing scar-free skin to grow in its place. And still other lasers are designed to heat pigment-making cells in the skin so that they die and let skin slough off so fresh skin can grow back, but without the possibility of creating dark skin spots as the treated skin heals.
What Does Laser Treatment Do for Acne Scars?
Acne laser treatment helps ensure the removal of acne and the development of a new skin surface, while also allowing new skin cell growth. Some people are familiar with acne laser by the term laser resurfacing. Moreover, a formation of new collagen is certain after the treatment process, which will result in the improved skin texture.
As of right now, acne laser treatment can be performed by any physician since no restrictions exist concerning who can and can’t. Some individuals are reluctant to try laser treatment due to the loose control over it. Of course, you should only get laser treatment for acne from a board certified dermatologist, and you don’t want to be the practice patient!
People turn to laser treatment for acne because it require fewer trips to the dermatologist and less time at home. You may have to schedule four or five treatments at the doctor’s office to have laser treatment, or 20 or 30 at the aesthetician’s office or spa to do dermabrasion, or use skin care products at home 20 minutes a day for a year to get comparable results. It is just important to remember that, contradictory to what most people think, acne scar laser surgery may take several sessions and still require at least a few months for the scars to disappear.
That point bears repeating. The one thing every individual undergoing any type of acne treatment should remember is that it is takes time. It has been reported that the Accutane and Retin-A treatments can take 6 months and the laser acne treatments can take 3-4 months. The important point to understand is that both methods work, although you must get these treatments from a qualified dermatologist. 55% to 70 % improvement can be noticed in around 90 % patients after 3 months treatment. Nobody gets 100% improvement the very first day!
Also, there can be side effects that may keep you out of the public eye for up two weeks (although not with the new Portrait Laser). Side effects of acne scar laser treatment involve swelling and redness of the treated area. There isn’t any scarring, wounds, or discoloration caused because of laser.
You Don’t Want to Be Your Doctor’s Guinea Pig
Only board certified dermatologists are qualified to do laser skin treatments, and even they take advanced training in the specific techniques they need to operate their machines. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Don’t hesitate to check with your state or provincial board of medical examiners to make double-sure the doctor has no restrictions on his or her license. Make sure your doctor is really a dermatologist and really knows laser!
A most satisfactory way to ascertain previous successful history of the treatments done by seeing before-treatment and after-treatment pictures of the latest cases that doctor handled. It would also help you show how many different types of lasers the doctor owns and how often each piece of equipment is used.
The lasers used for laser acne scar removal are very precise, allowing the dermatologist or plastic surgeon to target only the affected skin and leave any healthy, unscarred skin alone. Modern lasers like the Portrait Laser even can target a layer of skin that allows the skin over the treated area to act as a natural bandage—no bandages required.
But every laser is not for every person who has acne. Most lasers are not suitable for people who have brown or black skin, because their skin types react to inflammation caused by the laser with the production of large amounts of pigment. These pigments heal the skin faster than is possible with fair skin, but they also leave lasting spots that can be even more disfiguring than acne scars. Even when a laser can be used on dark skin, such as the Portrait Laser, it may be necessary to do more and shorter sessions to make extra sure that there are no ugly side effects of treatment.
Don’t believe any doctor who tells you that laser is the only way to treat your skin. Its important to weigh out the pros and cons and compare to other treatments as well when deciding on this course of treatment. For example, those treatments used to treat shallow scars, like chemical peels and dermabrasion, because those methods remove the entire top layer of skin, scarred and unscarred. But the doctor may be able to use these methods to get a better result on your particular skin problem than is possible with laser. There are exceptions to almost every rule.
The Cost of Quality Laser Treatment
Laser surgery for acne scars usually costs around $3000 per treatment, although you can certainly shop around for a better price. That is why it is important that you have an experience professional doing the job. Don’t sacrifice quality in order to save a few bucks. Remember that multiple treatments are usually required, so the cost can add up quickly. Health insurance policies usually won’t cover laser acne scar removal, since it’s a cosmetic procedure and not medically necessary.
Even if treating acne is not medically necessary, however, it can be psychologically necessary. Treating acne is as important from the psychological point of view as it is from from the physical. It is known that those who suffer from very mild acne also face low self-esteem and depression. This is so because acne are ugly and gross. There are traditional home treatments that are effective for many but there are some people with severe acne problem who can’t get rid of acne by using simple treatments. For such people acne laser therapy is the best option.
It must be remembered that you are in control of your choice of acne treatments. Which is best for you is something you will have to decide. If you feel acne laser skin treatment is for you it is best to discuss it over with your doctor first.
It is probably a good idea to consider surgery as a last resort for you acne treatment. Weigh the acne laser treatment cost versus the benefit. The only side effect you will have with a holistic acne treatment method is being healthier.