Acne and Acne Scar Repair
The diagnosis, treatment and management of acne are a major focus of Westside Laser & Light. We understand how an acne condition can leave you feeling robbed of your confidence and ability to relate to others.
Acne treatment at Westside Laser & Light may include a combination of a medical grade acne skin care system and laser & light-based treatments to treat all forms of acne.
Following an initial consultation and assessment, you will be presented with a treatment plan that suits your budget and lifestyle.
Acne Scar treatment can dramatically reduce the appearance of acne scars. Hyperpigmentation and textural issues can be improved with laser and medical-grade skin care as our primary treatment options. Chemical peels and microneedling can also be effective as alternatives to laser.
Our acne treatment targets acne from multiple angles for the most effective treatment of all kinds of acne. We understand that acne can effect teens and adults and may have damaging consequences socially and, left untreated, can leave permanent damage in the form of acne scarring.
Our multi-factoral approach uses:
Blue and Red LED has been shown to be effective at treating acne. Treatments are 20 minutes and are very comfortable with a slight warming sensation. Twice a week is recommended.
Laser treatment is gentle and has little to no downtime associated. You may be slightly red for a short time following treatment. Treatments are about 30 -45 minutes and are suitable for all skin types.
Chemical peels are effective for treating acne because they help to unclog pores and speed up cell turnover.
Long after the acne is gone, acne can often leave behind lifelong scars that remind you of a time you would not mind forgetting.
Scarring caused by acne is much more common than doctors once believed. Most people will have acne scars that are mild. However, some will have scars that look significant even to others. The best approach is prevention and to treat acne right away as sometimes even mild acne can cause scarring. This can minimize the risk of permanent acne scars.
There are a number of different looking scars caused by acne. They can be classified as follows:
In order to get rid of, or minimize acne scarring, a combination of treatments provides the best results for many people.
A person’s acne needs to be under control before scars can be treated.
We have both ablative and non-ablative options for treating acne scars. Lifestyle and downtime can influence whether one option is chosen over another and varies from person to person.
We will discuss all options available to you in a personal and informative consultation.
Fractional non-ablative lasers such as Fraxel Restore Dual offer tremendous improvement for the appearance acne scars with a modest degree of social downtime.
A topical numbing cream is applied one hour prior to treatment. The laser treatment itself takes only 20-25 minutes and is accompanied with a gentle cooling air stream.
Thousands of micro columns of laser energy pass through the skin to promote collagen production and repair. Often more than one treatment is required for acne scarring.
Post-treatment, apply moisturizer, SPF 30 or greater and avoid excess sun exposure.
This procedure combines the Pearl and Pearl Fractional resurfacing lasers. After a brief numbing period, the Pearl treatment is performed to remove the outermost portion of the epidermis. This takes about 10-15 minutes and is performed over the entire face.
Next, the Pearl Fractional laser is used everywhere there is scarring present. The fractional laser penetrates much deeper into the dermis causing increased collagen formation.
Together, these two lasers promote more a complete treatment and a better result.
There is a recovery period of 5-7 days social downtime where the patient may want to avoid social events. During this time there will be some initial weeping, redness, and swelling.
To promote faster healing and a better result, the Pearl Fusion treatment also includes a series of 4 Revive® LED Therapy sessions.
Laser Genesis treatments can reduce the appearance of acne scars through collagen stimulation caused by the heat generated during the procedure. Treatments are comfortable and require no anesthesia. Using an advanced 1064nm Nd:YAG laser, the layer between your dermis and epidermis receives thousands of tiny pulses of laser light. The body responds to this stimulus with an increased production of collagen in that area. Results should be noticeable after 3 or 4 treatments but a series of 6 or more treatments is often required. Treatments can be spaced 2-4 weeks apart for optimal results.
This option has no-downtime associated with the treatment – patient’s can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.
Chemical peels are also an option for acne scars and we have a number of customizeable options to choose from.