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Acne Treatment

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Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the United States. Millions of men and women are affected each year, and though it’s a problem we often associate with adolescence, it is becoming increasingly common to see adults struggling with persistent breakouts. Acne can occur at any stage of life with detrimental consequences for the patient’s physical appearance and mental well-being.

The sooner acne is addressed, the better the chances of resolving it before a more serious issue, such as scarring or postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, arises. Most patients begin their acne treatment regimens with over-the-counter skin care products and topical medications. For severe or stubborn acne, these methods can prove ineffective and a dermatologist may recommend a prescription solution. In recent years, patients and doctors are turning to noninvasive treatments like laser procedures to improve results, reduce treatment times and restore an even, confidence-boosting complexion.

At Physicians Laser Aesthetics and Cosmetics, we offer array of lasers and products to create customized plan for treating your acne. The cutting-edge skin rejuvenation technology of Laser Genesis treatment can improve both acne and acne scarring, as well as fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, age spots, large pores and redness of the face and neck.

What is Acne?

Acne is a chronic skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. As this debris accumulates inside the follicles, a plug develops and bacteria may become trapped. The visible symptoms of acne then appear on the skin’s surface, taking one or more of several distinctive forms: blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules or cysts. Breakouts may occur anywhere on the body, but are most common around the face, neck, back and chest. Acne affects teenagers and adults alike. Most people will experience some form of acne during their lifetime.

What Causes Acne?

A number of different factors may affect your predisposition to developing acne. There is likely a genetic component for many patients. Some types of hormonal activity may also contribute to the formation of acne, leading to our association of acne with puberty. Other risk factors that could trigger a breakout or worsen pre-existing acne include stress, diet, certain medications, environmental factors and infection. Once the causes of your particular acne are diagnosed, an appropriate treatment plan can be established.

What is Laser Genesis?

Laser Genesis is a noninvasive treatment that uses controlled heat to eliminate acne-causing bacteria while simultaneously improving redness and scarring caused by acne. By gently heating the upper dermis beneath your skin’s surface, the procedure penetrates deep into the skin to reach the overactive oil-producing sebaceous glands where your acne problem originates. This precise application of heat also stimulates collagen production for overall facial rejuvenation. Along with reducing acne and scarring, Laser Genesis can improve fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, redness and uneven skin texture without the extended downtime of more aggressive laser treatments.

What Does the Treatment Feel Like?

Laser Genesis treatment is a safe and comfortable experience. During the procedure, a hand piece is swiftly moved around the treatment area. Patients experience a gentle warming sensation that many describe as “relaxing” or “soothing.” What you feel will depend on the number of passes made by your practitioner and your personal sensitivity. You should not feel the sharp sting of other laser treatments, nor should you require downtime or medication for pain management after the procedure.

What Should I Expect From Recovery?

Immediately following the treatment, you may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin and any sun spots or age spots in the area of application may start to darken. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Patients with sensitive skin are more likely to experience redness after treatment. Overall, Laser Genesis is a safe procedure with little to no side effects. No major downtime is needed; you may return to work or resume your normal daily activities immediately after your appointment.

What Results Can I Expect From Laser Acne Treatment?

Laser Genesis can reduce active acne breakouts, acne scarring and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation caused by acne. The procedure can also deliver a healthier complexion with smaller pores, more even texture, reduced redness and a youthful glow. Results from Laser Genesis treatments are cumulative. While you may notice subtle improvements from each individual procedure, the collective results from multiple treatments can be quite dramatic. Four to six treatments, spaced one month apart, are usually required to achieve optimal results. Our professional team at Physicians Laser Aesthetics and Cosmetics will recommended a personalized acne treatment plan during your consultation, and can also advise on a physician-grade skin care regimen designed to extend the life of your results.

Who Is A Candidate?

Teenage and adult patients with mild to moderate acne, acne scars or large pores can benefit from laser acne treatment. It may be an ideal option for patients whose breakouts have not cleared with oral and topical acne treatments. Patients who don’t have acne but wish to “refresh” their look can also achieve excellent results from this procedure. The laser is safe and effective for all skin types. Like any medical procedure, laser acne treatment is not for everyone. It’s important to schedule a consultation to determine whether this treatment is suitable for you and your skin.

Acne Treatment in Sacramento

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects 40 to 40 million men and women in the United States every year. If you are one of them, it’s likely you’ve worked your way through through increasingly powerful treatment options in search of a solution that works. Laser acne treatment at Physicians Laser Aesthetics and Cosmetics is a safe, gentle and effective procedure that penetrates deep into the skin to address the causes of acne at their source. We are committed to getting our patients the clear skin they deserve, whether that means providing in-office treatments, recommending products for at-home care or combining multiple solutions into a comprehensive acne treatment plan. Call our Sacramento office today at 916-625-9131 if you’re ready to achieve clear, blemish-free skin you will be proud of.

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