Laser treatment for acne scaring
Greatly reduce acne
*It’s common to see results within 48 hours of your first session
Improved skin texture and complexion
What Is Acne?
Acne is a common skin disorder and actually effects over 80% of the population aged between 14 and 30. It’s caused by inflamed or infected sebaceous glands which cause red pimples on the skin, which commonly occur on the face.
Around 25% of people who are affected by acne in their teens go on to develop permanent scars.
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What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars are caused by deep skin infections, resulting from acne pustules or cysts. Blemishes and red looking pimples occur when the pores become inflamed with excess oil, dead skin and bacteria.
When pressure within the pours becomes too great, they swell and the follicle wall becomes ruptured, causing damage to the skin. If the rupture is quite near the skin’s surface, the lesions (a region in an organ or tissue which has suffered damage) usually heal relatively quickly.
If the rupture causes a deep break in the follicle wall, the infected bacteria spills into the dermis and destroys healthy skin tissue.
If this is the case, the body automatically begins to try and repair the damage done to the dermis and the skin starts to form new Collagen fibres. Collagen is what gives the skin strength and flexibility.
However, when the body produces too much Collagen, the effects can result in bumpy looking scars.
Depressions within the skin are also common with more serious outbreaks of acne. These depressions are known as atrophic scars. The cause of this scaring is loss of tissue and it usually appears the most dramatic and noticeable.
The Lumina – Best Laser Treatment For Acne Scars
The effects caused by acne can have an impact on one’s psychological and social life, however, through recent advances in laser technology, acne scaring can be greatly reduced.
Through our Lumina 585Plus Acne Treatment, the major bacterial cause of acne (Propionibacterium Acnes) can be eliminated by the application on light.
Broadband light sources such as the LUMINA allow for the acne to be treated at all levels. The shorter wavelengths allow for optimum surface bacterial destruction, whilst also getting to the deep-seated bacteria existing in pustules and papules and targeting the sebaceous glands themselves.
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Most people are suitable for fractional laser treatment. The treatment is recommended for individuals who are looking to improve skin texture, tone, elasticity, reduce wrinkles or improve the visible appearance of stretch marks or acne scaring.
• Mild sunburnt sensation for a few hours
• Redness for 1 to 2 days
• Swelling is likely but minimal
• ‘Bronzed’ & flaky look for 3 to 10 days, depending on the treatment level
Every client is different and results depend on the severity of acne being treated. However, the good news is that you will typically see an improvements within 48 hours of your first session.
We recommend 6 treatment sessions 2 to 6 weeks apart.
- Skin redness, swelling and bronzing are all
expected outcomes of treatment.
- Other unwanted effects are rare but can
include a small blister or temporary
change to skin pigmentation, such as a
darkening of the skin.
There should be no active tan or fake tan in the area to be treated, Use of sun-beds or prolonged exposure to sunlight is not allowed in the month prior to treatment and a SPF 50 must be used on the area between treatments. Suntans must be left to fade completely before treatment can start. Fake tans and gradual tanning products must also be fully faded before treatment can commence.
Firstly, your skin is cleansed and then we use a hand piece, which is moved over the area of skin to be treated. The hand piece releases tiny microscopic laser beams which begin treating the area.
The length of time in each session depends on skin condition and the area being treated, however, you can typically expect each session to last anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes.
After the treatment, your skin will be cooled.
After your treatment, here are a few things you need to be aware of which will help aid a speedy recovery:
- In order to minimise skin heating and to reduce the likelihood of skin reactions, the treatment area will be cooled after the procedure. Once you get home, you may like to apply a cold compress/wet ﬂannel. In applying an ice pack at home, always put ice inside a clean plastic bag and wrap in a soft cloth. Do not allow ice packs or ice to come into direct contact with the skin.
- While redness remains on the skin after treatment, do not indulge in heavy drinking, going to a sauna or heavy exercise. These activities may increase the redness of your skin.
- The skin will also feel quite tight following treatment and using vaseline, aloe vera gel or a gentle moisturiser for a day or two following treatment can help to relieve this.
- Starting on day 2-3 the skin will appear ﬂaky and have a bronzed appearance as the epidermal debris comes to the surface; this generally lasts about 5 days. This is a positive sign and indicates that the skin is regenerating. Do not try to peel off the epidermal debris by force; just leave it to ﬂake off naturally. Keeping the skin well moisturised at this point will help reduce the tightness.
- Avoid cosmetics for approximately 48 hours after treatment, we advise longer if the area is sensitive. Remove make up carefully as rubbing the skin can cause irritation or infection. If the skin at the treatment area becomes broken, then make-up should be avoided.
- Avoid hot baths/showers for 24 hours.
- Do not pick at any ﬂaking or crusting that may form on the treatment area.
- The skin will usually return to normal by day 7-10.
- Use a sunscreen (SPF 30+) and protect the area from sunlight as much as possible between treatments and for at least one month after treatment ends. Failure to do this can lead to sunburn and hyper pigmentation of the treated area.
- If blistering occurs contact the clinic immediately for further advice.
Yes – Before we conduct your treatment we need to review your medical history to ensure you are suitable for the treatment.
We need to know of any medication you are taking including those purchased from a chemist or herbalist.
We will also require you to sign a consent form before your treatment is carried out.
Call the clinic or fill out our contact form to arrange your consultation.