Acne laser treatments are still in their infancy but are already showing impressive short-term results in the treatment of certain types of acne and for the removal of acne scars. The long-term effects of acne laser treatments are less certain as the technology is still cutting edge; however, few side effects have been noted in the limited number of studies already completed. A reduction in acne is certain to occur for those who are classed as good candidates for laser and light treatments to solve problem acne.
The Right Candidates
When considering acne Laser treatment, potential patients should discuss with a qualified professional whether they meet the criteria for becoming a patient. Before setting out on the path of acne laser treatment, a patient should visit their health professional and ensure they are in overall good health in order to receive the best possible results.
Because of the very modern nature of laser treatments for acne, the majority of those who arrive at this treatment feel they have exhausted their options with traditional therapies. Others have noticed they are becoming immune to the antibiotics used commonly to treat moderate to severe acne. As acne laser treatments are seen as the latest development in the fight against the blemished skin, it is impossible to know which candidates are more suited to the use of these therapies. Some emerging evidence suggests lighter skinned candidates will see the best results when treating hyperpigmentation.
The chance of success with acne laser treatments is classed as high but it is important to remember anecdotal evidence reported so far explains these therapies work best over a long period of time. Multiple treatments will be required to achieve success, but a patient should be able to identify some improvement within the first two to three weeks of the first therapy taking place.
This treatment reduces acne inflammation by photo-selective absorption and heating of overactive sebaceous glands. It also accelerates the healing process and reduces the possibility of developing new acne inflammation. So not only is this treatment successful in treating current acne, it also acts as a preventative measure against acne in the future. It does this in part by thermally and selectively destroying large sebaceous glands and stimulating collagen remodeling.
In a study done on acne laser treatments, results showed that after 5 weeks (1 week after the final treatment), total acne lesions were reduced by 75%. This treatment is non-invasive and avoids all the side effects associated with prescription medications.