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Laser for Acne

A great treatment for acne is our signature laser therapy.

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when over productive oil glands become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.

At MOS we use a holistic approach to the treatment of acne and recommend you see our Functional Nutritionist as well as our Doctor or skin therapists to treat the condition inside and out.

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when over productive oil glands become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne most commonly appears on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. It can be distressing, painful, persistent and affect self-confidence.

There are many factors that influence skin and acne production. Exposure to internal and external influences can constantly vary throughout life and their interactions are complex and difficult to identify and control.

It is believed the primary cause of acne is a rise in androgen levels. Androgen is the name for a group of hormones that are often correlated with male features. An example is testosterone.
Androgen levels rise during adolescence or change with conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Rising androgen levels make the oil glands under your skin grow. The enlarged glands produce excess oil resulting in oily skin and open pores. Excessive oil / sebum can block the pores, which along with surface dead skin cells cause black heads to appear. The excess oil can also break down the cellular walls in your pores, leading to bacterial growth and pustules.

Acne is therefore a combination of:

  • Hormones – influenced by age, environment and nutrition.
  • Oil production.
  • The condition of the surface layer of skin.
  • Bacteria.
  • Inflammation and internal health.
  • Incorrect home skin care causing skin irritation or bacterial imbalances.
  • Genetics.
  • Medications.
  • Diet – mainly Dairy and high glycemic foods

Our laser treatments work on the surface of the skin to clean out the pores, reduce oil production, exfoliate the skins surface, reduce bacteria, reduce inflammation, aid healing and treat scarring or pigmentation.

Due to acne’s multifactorial causes often the laser treatment is combined with other therapies at home or in the clinic. These include:

  • LED light
  • Skin Peels
  • Prescription Medications
  • At-Home Skin Care

At MOS we use a holistic approach to the treatment of acne and recommend you see our Functional Nutritionist as well as our Doctor or skin therapists to treat the condition inside and out.

It is worth remembering that acne care and control is an ongoing program that may continue for some years. One treatment will not be the solution. Good control involves a tailored program that you understand and feel you can stick to, whilst being supported by a professional who can adapt the plan as your skin changes. Acne skin can often be complex and a treatment started today may not show results for 2-3 months and then may require adaption in 3-6 month’s time.

The main issues we find with acne is an unrealistic time frame for results, causing patients to stop the plan too early, feeling it is not working and forgetting to have regular reviews of the plan as the skin changes.

However, hope exists and a tailored plan can give wonderful results.

Laser for Acne FAQ

What is a laser for acne and how does it work?

Laser uses a specific laser wavelength to effectively target overactive sebaceous glands and reduce the risk of developing new acne and inflammation. For active acne the laser reduces inflammation through the laser’s heating effects. The treatment will also accelerate the healing process and stimulate collagen remodelling, helping with skin tightness and scarring. The treatment targets pimples, inflammations, healing, scarring and general skin texture and tone.

What are the benefits of laser for acne?

The laser will reduce the appearance of the acne scar and will equally reduce the associated inflammation and any pigmentation. It has a heating effect that can reduce inflammation in active acne. It can equally hasten the healing process, as well as stimulate collagen remodeling, so the skin will be tighter.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Any age group can benefit from this procedure provided you have acne. Those who have active acne or acne scarring can benefit from it.

What preparation do I need before having them?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams, perfumes, powders and no makeup on.

Please ensure you have not had any active tanning in the last 2 weeks.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin.

Ensure all spray tan is removed from the skin.

If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.

Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.

Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.

Do not have any other facial laser, IPL or RF treatments on the skin for 2 weeks before your treatment.

If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

Please stop any retinols (Vitamin A) treatments 1 week before the treatment.

How is the treatment performed?

The skin being treated will be cleaned. For deeper treatments a local anesthetic cream will be applied to the skin surface for up to 40 minutes. You will then be given some eye protection in the form of eye stickers. The laser will then be used to treat the areas of concern. The laser uses a cooling system too, to reduce discomfort during some steps. This blows cold area onto the surface layer of skin to cool it. The procedure is relatively comfortable and can take from 30-90 minutes depending on depth and area being treated.

Is it painful?

The procedure is not painful. Some steps may give a flicking sensation. The application of the laser cooling system will help to reduce any discomfort felt.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure will take on average about 30 minutes. Bear in mind that, if used, an extra 40 minutes will be required for the anesthetic cream to take effect before the procedure begins.

Is there any downtime?

There is minimal to no downtime. When you leave, your cheeks may be rosy and feel warm. This may last 1-2 days. There may also be some mild swelling for 2 to 3 days after the procedure.

What aftercare is required?

You must apply a broad-spectrum SPF minimum of 30 to the treated area for protection from the sun.

You must avoid any form of laser treatment, RF, or IPL treatment for at least a month after the procedure.

How many treatments are required?

Often best results are seen 3-6 months after the treatment and about 4 weekly treatments will be required to reach optimal results and to maintain the results, often part of an acne treatment plan.

How long do results last and when should it be repeated?

Acne can be an ongoing skin disease, so cure may not be possible. In some cases, the treatment may not address the underlying cause, which is usually your hormones. Hormones can continue to cause acne for many years, so treatments will be holistic and involve maintenance with a multimodal approach of in-clinic treatments, lifestyle changes and skincare.

What treatments work well with this?

Due to acnes multifactorial causes, often the laser treatment is combined with other therapies at home or in the clinic. These include:

LED light

Skin Peels

Prescription Medications

At Home Skin Care

Are there any side effects?

All laser treatments come with risks or possible side effects. These are reduced with good pre and post care

Common side effects are:

Redness, swelling, no change, recurrence of the vessels

Rarer side effects of laser in general include:

Blistering, bruising, tenderness, burning, and pain

More prominent blood vessels

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Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

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