Acne is a common skin problem caused by overactive oil glands. While the skin does need oil to lubricate it, the oil can sometimes get trapped in blocked ducts and thereby cause acne to develop. There are many treatments for this condition, and laser acne treatment is one of the most effective.
Benefits of Acne Laser Treatment
Acne laser treatment can both cure active acne and remove acne scars. The laser emits short pulses of energy, which stimulate the body’s healing processes that remove the scar tissue. It also boosts the production of new collagen that makes healthy new tissue. A laser treatment for acne scars can take less than 40 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Different types of lasers are available both for treating acne and removing acne scars. The three main types of lasers used in acne treatments are Potassium Titanyl Phosphate Laser (KTP), Pulsed-dye Laser (PDL) and infrared. They emit lasers of different wavelengths that penetrate the skin at different depths.
Depending on the type of laser used, acne laser treatment can either destroy the oil glands producing the excess oil, or it can kill the bacteria that cause acne. Laser treatments can also heal the inflammation some types of acne cause.
Acne laser treatment works on many types of acne ranging from mild to severe. Dermatologists can combine different types of laser treatments to help patients with severe acne.
Acne laser treatments are non-invasive and can help patients with sensitive skin. The lasers go beneath the skin to attack the bacteria and/or oil glands. They therefore don’t damage the skin’s surface and are thus a good treatment for people who scar easily. They also provide a safe and effective treatment for people who are allergic to chemicals.
Laser treatments don’t hurt; the worst the patient will feel is a slight stinging sensation. While most patients won’t need an anesthetic, the more sensitive can apply a topical analgesic before treatment.
Laser treatments cause fewer and less severe side effects than do other treatments. The most common side effects associated with laser treatments are swelling and redness, which are normal and will quickly fade. Treatments like dermabrasion or chemical peels can cause side effects such as blisters or discoloration. Since these treatments involve removing the top layer of the skin, they can also result in infection.
Laser treatments can kill the bacteria that cause acne, so the patient won’t have to take any antibiotics. Acne laser treatment also works quickly; the patient will typically start to see results after two weeks of treatment. The increased collagen production caused by the treatments will help prevent further acne outbreaks.
Laser treatments even save the patient money over time. The effects of laser treatments last longer than many other treatments, so the patient will not have to spend money on antibiotics or medicated skin creams.