ACNE AND SCAR TREATMENTS

Acne and Scar Treatment

HOW OUR ACNE AND SCAR TREATMENTS WORK

During our acne and scar treatments, light energy is directed at the structures beneath the surface of the skin.  The treatment promotes healing and the development of new collagen, repairs acne scarring and balances oily skin.  Results for most patients are usually apparent after 4 treatments.

HOW DOES SCITON FOREVER CLEAR BBL WORK?

The Sciton Forever Clear BBL light energy system gently warms the upper layers of the skin with blue, yellow and infra-red light that is emitted in a series of short pulses. Skin is first treated with BLUE BBL light to eliminate acne-causing bacteria at its source, deep down in the pores. Skin is then treated with YELLOW BBL light to reduce the inflammation and acne-associated redness to give you healthy, luminous skin. For added benefit, the skin is then treated with SkinTyte II™ using INFRA-RED light in rapid, gentle pulses to initiate the body’s natural healing process.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT PROCESS LIKE?

You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes. A layer of chilled gel is applied to the target area to cool the skin and guide the light. The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The process is repeated until the whole area is treated. The chilled gel is removed and the area is moisturized.

AM I SUITABLE FOR TREATMENT?

Almost every skin type is suitable for acne and scar treatments, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. Pregnant women or people taking the acne treatment Accutane should not be treated.

WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?

The light energy is absorbed by the skin, and heats it up very quickly, creating a sharp, short-lived pinprick sensation. No anesthesia is required, other than cooling the skin and most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Redness and a slight warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack will be applied to the skin to ease these symptoms. It will be necessary to avoid sun exposure or use a high protection sunscreen for 2 weeks after the treatment.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS? 

The treated area can become quite red immediately after treatment. However, most patients experience no side effects and the redness usually disappears within a couple of hours. Very rarely the skin may become lighter or darker, or a small blister may form. If is possible that some hair loss will occur in the area treated, and it could be permanent, so men should consider this possibility before agreeing to treatment of their beard area.

HOW LONG DOES IT EACH TREATMENT TAKE?

A typical treatment session will take in the region of 30 minutes. Typically the Sciton Forever Clear BBL treatment is combined with glycolic acid facial peel treatments for maximum results.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments necessary varies from person to person, but typically 6 IPL and 6 customized peel or collagen induction therapy treatments, and or Microdermabrasion is necessary.  A treatment program such as this will typically result in significant improvements, depending on the severity of the condition.

WHAT IS ACNE?

Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. Common types of pimples include whiteheads, blackheads and cysts, all of which respond to different treatment strategies.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

Acne occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty or due to other hormonal changes. Sebum (oil) is a natural substance that lubricates and protects the skin. Acne occurs when pores get clogged Acne is most common in teenagers aged 12 to 17. However, acne can affect people of all ages, making it quite common in adults as well. A genetic link can make some people more susceptible, but other common outbreak triggers include anxiety, stress, lack of hygiene and hormonal changes (during a woman’s menstrual cycle, for example).

HOW WILL MY ACNE BE TREATED?

Your treatment plan will vary depending on the severity of your acne. We carry a number of medical grade cleansers, toners, moisturizers, lotions and sunscreens available for purchase the same day and your dermatologist will tailor recommendations and treatment plans specifically to your skin.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTED RESULT?

Clearer skin can be achieved with each treatment. Within weeks, reduced redness, breakouts, and acne marks may also be seen. Results can vary on an individual basis, but we’ll use the latest technology and research in acne treatment to find a solution that works for you. The longevity of results is dependent on factors such as diet, lifestyle, and skincare. Sunscreen is highly recommended to prolong the treatment’s results. We recommend an acne treatment plan along with Forever Clear BBL treatment.

WHAT ABOUT SCARING?

Acne scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes caused by skin pores engorged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly. Even though your acne may be gone, you are sometimes left with an unpleasant reminder on your skin in the form of a scar. Acne scars can be just as damaging to the self-esteem as the pimples that caused them. We want to make sure you’re happy with your appearance so we also offer treatment options to help reduce scarring. A complementary consultation is required.