When do we recommend it?
For acne skin that is more resistant to topical treatments and medications. Blue light treatments are recommended when there is a greater amount of inflammation and infection. It is gentle and non-invasive.
How does it work?
As one of the most effective treatments for acne available today, blue light acne therapy is a safe and non-invasive method of treating acne. Blue light therapy targets the sebaceous glands, and not the surrounding tissues, killing the bacteria that cause acne. It also diminishes further outbreaks, allows the skin to heal fatser, and has been found to reduce the need for oral antibiotics and other oral medications. Many patients see significant improvement in their acne after two to four weekly treatment sessions of blue light therapy.
What is the typical course of treatment?
A series of either twice-weekly, weekly or bi-weekly blue light acne treatments is usually spread over a span of four weeks. The number, and frequency of treatments required depends on the severity of the acne and how well it responds to treatment. To maintain results after the initial series of treatments, monthly treatments are often recommended, either monthly, or every 6 months, to ensure optimal results.
Blue light therapy treatments are relatively quick and easy. Patients either sit or lie down during treatment, and a light source is placed close to their face for about 20 minutes. Most patients do not experience pain or discomfort during exposure to the light, and they can get back to their normal routine afterward.Click here to learn more.
Scars left from adolescent or adult acne can be unsightly and a cause for great embarrassment among adults. Dr. Javid offers a number of effective laser and skin resurfacing technicques to successfully get rid of acne scars, including:
Our fractional resurfacing laser creates thin channels at varying depths in the epidermis. The epidermis is around 100 microns thick – roughly the thickness of a sheet of notebook paper. Creating these thin channels promotes rapid healing from the surrounding, untreated skin by stimulating collagen and elastin formation. This laser also takes advantage of the skin’s pattern of healing from the edges inward to give you faster recovery from each treatment. A single session covers a small area – a few percent to almost a third of your skins surface.
Fractional resurfacing is a particularly good approach for acne scarring. This kind of scarring can be very deep, and fractional resurfacing allows for very deep channels while maintaining unaffected areas that can contribute to the healing of the skin. Treating acne scars generally requires a series of treatments, over the course of months or longer, but the results are dramatic and striking. This treatment is suitable for all skin types.
MicroLaserPeel (MLP) and Profractional Combined
These two procedures can be used in combination to treat acne scars and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Acne scars often create an uneven texture and color or tone to the skin. This treatment is the one-two punch of superficial resurfacing and deep collagen remodeling to help blend textures, tone and color. We will customize our course based on your specific needs using different depths in areas of the face where scarring is more or less severe. The MLP treats the surface of the skin to put on a finishing touch, especially around sensitive areas such as the eyelid.
Get Rid of Your Acne Scars
There are multiple types of acne scars, each of which are treatable using various methods.
Ice Pick Acne Scars
These are quite common and characterized by deep pits that extend into the deeper layers of the skin. Ice Pick acne scars can be removed with the use of laser therapy, medium chemical peels, dermabrasion and excision.
Boxcar Acne Scars
Appear as angular depressions in the skin with sharp vertical edges. Resembling scars left by Chicken Pox, boxcar acne scars may be shallow or deep and are most often found on the cheeks and temples. They can be removed with the use of laser therapy, augmentation, dermabrasion and excision.
Rolling Acne Scars
These are generally wide and shallow and give the skin a wavelike appearance. These scars are caused by damage under the surface of the skin can be removed with the use of laser therapy augmentation, dermabrasion and excision.
Hypertrophic (keloid) Acne Scars
These are generally left by more severe types of acne that cause cysts and nodules. Typically appearing on the back and chest (less commonly on the face and neck), hypertrophic acne scars may decrease in size with the passage of time and can be removed via excision, and steroid injections.