Acne (Acne Scarring)
Acne Scarring & Laser Acne Treatment in New York City
Acne is a common skin condition caused by a combination of factors, including overactive sebaceous oil glands, irregular sloughing of dead skin cells, and a buildup of bacteria. Excess sebum (the oil that lubricates skin and hair), bacteria, and dead skin cells can become trapped in the skin pores, causing inflammation and the formation of acne lesions. While acne can often be treated successfully with a combination of topical and oral medications, for people with chronic or resistant acne, lasers may be used to improve both acne inflammation, as well as acne scarring.
Why should I use lasers to treat acne?
In many cases, acne is treated with an ongoing regimen of topical and oral medications. Laser acne treatment is an excellent option for patients with acne that is resistant to these traditional measures, as well as for patients who want to minimize the amount of oral antibiotics needed. In addition to treating active inflammatory acne and preventing further breakouts, lasers may also be used to improve the appearance of acne scarring.
How do lasers treat acne inflammation?
A combination of different lasers and light-based systems can be used to target acne inflammation on several fronts. Certain types of lasers can help shrink overactive sebaceous oil glands that cause pore blockages. Other modalities can help inhibit the growth of bacteria that contributes to the formation of acne lesions. Dr. Levine will recommend which combination of lasers, LED (light emission diode) treatment, or photodynamic therapy may work to best treat your specific acne condition.
How do lasers treat acne scarring?
Persistent, chronic acne may result in pitting and scarring of the skin. A combination of laser skin resurfacing techniques can target both the surface and deeper layers of skin to help improve the appearance of acne scarring. On the surface, lasers can be used to precisely ablate thin layers of damaged skin. As the skin heals, the treated area will be resurfaced with the growth of new, fresh skin cells, resulting in smoother-looking skin. Laser energy also works to improve skin at a deeper level by stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms and encouraging the production of new collagen. This will result in continued improvement in skin texture in the months following treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
A series of 4-6 monthly treatments will usually provide the best results to resolve active acne inflammation and shrink pores. Additional periodic treatments may be necessary as acne recurs. Treatment for acne scarring will vary, depending on the extent of the scarring. In most cases, we recommend a series of 2-3 sessions for optimal results. Dr. Levine will discuss with you what treatment schedule will best meet your specific needs.
What should I expect during laser acne treatment?
Laser acne treatment is performed on an outpatient basis in our offices. Most patients tolerate the procedure easily, describing the sensation during treatment as similar to a rubber-band snapping against the skin. For sensitive patients, we can apply numbing cream before the procedure to ensure maximum comfort. You can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment.
Can lasers be used in combination with other treatments to reduce acne?
Absolutely. The most effective way to combat acne is with a combination of treatments and preventative measures tailored for your specific needs. Dr. Levine will work with you to design an individualized acne regimen to complement your laser treatment. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, we offer a full line of customized acne and skin care products, as well as peels and other light-based treatments that can help you achieve the best possible results.
How can I find out more about laser acne and laser acne scarring treatment?
Dr. Levine will be happy to meet with you to discuss laser acne and laser acne scarring treatment. Please call our office at 212-988-1800, or make an appointment online for a personal consultation in our New York City offices.