Acne Treatment


VERSA INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) has now proven to be helpful in the treatment of acne. In many cases, this offers an alternative to oral medications such as Accutane or long-term antibiotics.

The shorter wavelengths of IPL in the red and blue-light spectrum, attack p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the sebaceous gland.  The VERSA AC Dual pioneering applicator technology treats active acne in a novel way, combining blue AND red light to treat all aspect of acne, in a revolutionary manner.

Blue light targets and destroys the acne causing bacteria (P. acnes) while red light reduces inflammation, and promotes faster healing. Both blue and red Light are delivered simultaneously with each pulse, resulting in an advanced, dual solution for acne. Along with a home skincare program designed for acne-prone skin, you can experience significant long-term clearance.

What causes acne?

Acne occurs when hair follicle pores are blocked by natural components of the skin.   This is the root of most acne lesions. Once blocked, inflammation and bacteria overgrowth occur leading to red bumps and cysts in the skin. Sebaceous or sweat glands of the skin can contribute excessive amounts of sebum into the plugged follicle increasing inflammation. Hormones can also play a role as well as the health and bacteria in the digestive tract. Some foods can also be triggers for acne in some people. Some or all of these issues can result in acne. Most teenagers are affected to some degree. Adults, often, get acne for the first time while others have suffered since the teenage years. Acne is not life-threatening, but it can cause physical disfigurement (scarring) and emotional distress if not treated early.

Treatment for acne varies depending on which of the above factors is causing your acne. This is different for each person. On average, results are visible in six to eight weeks with topical and oral medications. Treating all probable causes of acne with a combination of therapies gives the best outcome.

What options do I have besides oral medications?

VERSA INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) with or without Levulan (Photodynamic Therapy) has now proven to be helpful in the treatment of acne. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels also offer alternative ways to remove persistent and stubborn acne. We also offer a variety of effective at home acne skin care programs

How does the VERSA INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) treatment work?

VERSA INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) is a FDA approved treatment that utilizes red and blue light to selectively target the p-acnes bacteria that are partially responsible for acne in the skin.

What is the acne treatment like?

A thin film of gel is applied to your skin, followed by the IPL treatment.  Most patients have minimal discomfort.  Treatment sessions last 15-20 minutes.

 What should I expect after treatment?

After treatment is completed, some may experience temporary reddening and and minimal swelling of the acne, and surrounding skin for 1-2 days. This is transient and usually associated with minimal to no downtime. Makeup can be applied immediately, if desired.

How many treatments will I need?

To achieve maximum improvement with VERSA INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL) a series of 8 weekly treatments is most effective.   Most patients will need periodic touch up treatments ranging from monthly to every 6 months, depending on your acne type and severity.

What should I expect after my acne treatment?

After treatment is completed, almost all patients experienced some temporary reddening and some patients experienced minimal swelling of the acne, and surrounding skin for 1-2 days. Peeling may occur for a few days. This is transient and usually associated with minimal to no downtime. Patients are must avoid the sun for 24-48 hours after Photodynamic therapy.

Are there any additional benefits?

Patients with severe sun damaged skin, tone changes and skin laxity will also see improvement in quality of their skin. Photodynamic Therapy improves the entire facial area, helping creating one color, texture and tone.

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