Acne and Acne Scarring
Acne and Acne Scarring are common skin conditions, not limited to teenagers as is commonly believed, which manifests as scaly red skin, blackheads and whiteheads, pimples and pustules, and usually leaves sufferers embarrassed initially, and later with unsightly marks or scarring. Acne may be inflammatory, or not, and usually affects skin with the densest population of sebaceous follicles (oily skin) in areas including the face, the upper part of the chest and the back. Aside from physical acne scarring, its main effects are psychological including reduced self-esteem and depression.
Genetics, infections, sleep patterns, stress, what you eat and drink, the sun, smoking and hormonal or psychological changes are all factors that may cause or contribute to the condition. Acne Scarring is formed as a result of inflammatory or cystic acne. This is when the follicle/pore becomes enlarged due the accumulation of excess oil, bacteria or other impurities, causing the follicle wall to break.
The impurities spread to the dermis where it damages healthy skin tissue and, combined with the over-production of collagen to heal the wound, leads to the formation of a scar. Different types of Acne Scarring include Ice Pick Scars (deep pits), Boxcar Scars (angular scars – normally occur on the temple and cheeks), Rolling scars (have a wave-like appearance) and Hypertrophic (thickened) scars. The type of scarring that develops depends largely on the nature of the damage to the skin and the accompanying repair process.
The name is quite descriptive of the procedure– layers of skin are gently peeled away by a solution, usually water-soluble glycolic acid (obtained from fermented sugar) or salicylic acid (from willow bark), applied topically to reveal smoother, healthier and more even toned skin. Chemical Peels have a long history – In ancient Egypt, they used salt, alabaster and sour milk to improve skin tone. The Greeks and Romans used mustard, sulphur and sublimate of limestone poultices. Modern day skin peeling dates to the Viennese in the 1800’s. Read More
This treatment renews the skin by lifting dead cells from the skin surface and stimulating the metabolism of the cells beneath.
A series of TCA (trichloracetic acid – made by chlorinating acetic acid) peels can effectively improve the appearance of superficial lines and uneven pigmentation, while leaving skin softer, smoother and more radiant. Read More
Blue Light Therapy
In general, Laser Blue Light Therapy for Acne and Acne treatments are a safe and non-invasive method of treating acne.
Blue Light Therapy targets the sebaceous glands, and not the surrounding tissues, killing the bacteria that cause acne. Many patients see significant improvement in their acne after two to four weekly treatment sessions of blue light therapy. Read More
Fractional Laser Treatment
Fractional, non-ablative laser for skin resurfacing and the treatment of surgical scars, acne scars and stretch marks – the only FDA cleared laser for this treatment. The various Microlenses allow for customized treatments; the XF Microlens for high speed, quick treatment sessions or the XD Microlens for deeper penetration to reach tough conditions such as scars and stretch marks.
The damaged areas stimulate the body’s natural healing process, and promote production of new collagen and fresh skin cells, greatly improving uneven pigmented areas, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities. It is more comfortable than other similar treatments, and allows for faster healing. Read More
Micro Laser Peels
A Micro Laser Peel is a gentle, laser assisted skin peel, which precisely removes the skin’s outermost layer to a predetermined depth. It is the perfect step between Microdermabrasion and deeper Chemical or Laser Peels for treating pigmentation, sun damage and melasma. Typically two to four treatments are required spaced at intervals over eight weeks, depending on the extent of treatment required. Healing will take 3-4 days, as the damaged skin layers slough off, allowing fresh new skin cells to grow. Read More
Carboxytherapy is a revolutionary new skin rejuvenation treatment, which is being touted as the biggest advance in Aesthetics since Botox®.
Small quantities of pharmaceutical grade, warmed carbon dioxide are infected below the skin in damaged areas. The body immediately interprets that as oxygen deprivation, and redirects blood flow to the area, stimulating circulation, and generating new cell growth. Read More
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