Acne is a widespread and long-standing skin condition that plagues people’s lives. It is most common in adolescent boys and girls, and also occurs in adults. Previously treated with medication, laser treatment for acne has gradually entered the view and has become widely available as technology has evolved.
What is acne?
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.
Acne can range from the occasional pimple to extreme, ongoing breakouts that might go on for several years. It not only affects your skin health but also your psyche. It discourages you from attending social events and over time creates low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.
What are the types of acne?
There are three main types of acne:
- Comedones (mild)
- Papule and pustules (moderate)
- Nodulocystic (severe)
As we know, different categories have different symptom presentations, treatment options and treatment outcomes. The best acne treatment for you depends on which type of acne you have.
What causes acne?
The cause of acne is not fully understood. The onset of the disease is associated with genetic factors, androgen levels, and excessive sebum production.
Therefore, there are certain groups or stages that are more susceptible to acne:
- Genetic factors: Some patients have a positive family history, which can also influence the type of disease, distribution of lesions and the duration of the disease.
- Androgen levels: High androgen levels and abnormal androgen receptors can affect the production of sebum, causing excessive sebum production.
- Overproduction of sebum: During puberty, the sebaceous glands become hyperactive and secrete large amounts of oil under the effect of male stimulation.
- Special groups: Adolescents, pre-menstrual women.
- Eating habits: Frequent consumption of fried foods, sweets, dairy products, etc.
- Lifestyle habits: overworking, staying up late, mental stress.
- Skin care practices: using oily cosmetics, washing your face too often, rubbing your face too hard or using too hot water.
- Occupational exposure: Daily exposure to coal tar, chlorine, etc.
Medication treatment for acne:
Treatment options depend on the severity of the acne. Mild patients are mainly treated with topical medication, while moderate to severe patients require long-term treatment or even combination therapy.
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Azelaic acid
- Antibiotics(Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Minocycline)
- Androgen hormone (Spironolactone)
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
- B vitamins
Note: Continuous monitoring is required while taking the medication
When topical and oral medications are not effective, other procedures are available. These might be used in combination to produce the best possible result. Procedures include:
1. Surgical procedure to remove acne scars
- Excisional cyst drainage surgery
- Acne Removal Surgery
2. Physiotherapy & Chemotherapy for Acne
- Red and blue light treatments – Red light for tissue repair, blue light for killing Propionibacterium acne and anti-inflammatory
- Cortisone injections – used for shrinking lesions and accelerating healing
- Chemical peels – control acne by removing the outermost layers of skin
- Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) – utilizes light therapy to kill bacteria and shrink oil glands
3. Laser treatment for acne scars
In recent years, laser treatment become established as an alternative to traditional topical and oral medications. There is a variety of devices available, we also can customize your treatment to produce the best possible results. Some better feedback on the market for types of the laser as the following:
A Q-switched laser that can treat redness and inflammation common with active acne.
PicoSure is more effective in lightening and fading pigmented acne scars as compared to the Q-switch laser as explained by its ability to break up pigments into even smaller fragments. It works by killing acne-causing bacteria and controlling oil production. Over the long term, it can help to reduce brown acne marks.
Carbon dioxide laser is an effective treatment for mild to medium-depth acne scars. While the procedure damages the skin, injuries are minor, and so is the downtime.
What is the best laser for acne scars?
Fractional CO2 Laser – Aggressive but Extremely Effective
The best lasers for the treatment of acne scars are fractional resurfacing lasers. The fractional CO2 laser therapy is the most aggressive laser acne scar treatment available today and produces excellent results in one treatment.
Laser treatment for acne scars before and after:
Is laser treatment good for acne?
In short, laser treatments for acne are known to improve acne skin scarring by at least 50%. When used on milder forms of acne, laser acne treatment tends to be between 90-100% successful in the reduction and healing of acne scarring.
Does laser treatment for acne hurt?
Will it hurt? While laser skin treatments do work incredibly quickly, they can be slightly irritating during the treatment itself. The pain is minimal and has been compared by patients to a rubber band snapping against your skin. After a few minutes, your skin becomes used to the pain, and you don’t feel it anymore.
Can laser treatment remove acne scars completely?
The effects of laser treatment can vary a lot and there is no guarantee that the scars will be completely gone.
In fact, it is impossible to eliminate an acne scar completely using this method. A certain amount of damage will remain, but when the treatment works well, the scars will be much less visible.
In addition, post-treatment care is also an important factor in good treatment results. To get more information, please Contact Us.
How many laser treatments for acne scars?
Many patients require between three and six treatments and return every two to six weeks for a treatment. After each treatment, you may have some swelling and possibly bruising. These side effects usually clear within four to five days. You will need to follow a skin care plan while undergoing treatment.
How much is laser treatment for acne scars?
When it comes to scar removal costs, this can be difficult to estimate since there are a few different factors that need to be considered.
Firstly, there are different types of acne scars which require their own specific method of treatment and since each treatment type has a different cost associated with it this can vary the cost.
Secondly, laser acne scar removal costs can be quite high depending on the laser used.
Ablative fractional resurfacing:
- Fraxel laser
- Pulsed-dye laser
- 980nm diode laser
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average out-of-pocket cost for laser skin resurfacing is around $2,000 for ablative and $1,100 for non-ablative laser treatments.
Finally, treatment institutions
Prices vary from hospital to hospital or medical centre to medical centre. It is recommended to find experienced hospitals, especially board-certified dermatologists.
In summary, laser treatment for acne is one of the safe and effective treatment options. BESTVIEW is a professional medical aesthetic equipment manufacturer and supplier. No matter what type of acne scar, there are many types of treatment options and laser devices designed by board-certified dermatologists for you.