Laser Acne Treatment
Acne is the disruption in the skin caused by different factors including hormones and genetics. The pilo-sebaceous unit is comprised of the hair-growing follicles and the sebaceous gland which releases sebum to the skin surface through the pore. There is a normal population of bacteria called Propioibacterium Acnes in the skin, but when pores become clogged the build up of sebum and the proliferation of P. Acnes causes a blackhead or whitehead to form within the pore. White blood cells infiltrating the area and ensuing inflammation can lead to acneic lesions called papules, nodules or cysts. The goals of treatments for active eruptive acne are: to reduce the bacterial count of the acne-causing P.Acnes, to control the activity of the sebaceous gland and reduce excess sebum production. The clinical improvements in the appearance of acne are evidenced by reducing the size of individual acne lesions, reducing the frequency of acne eruptions and promoting faster healing times.
The use of Aurora AC uses a broad spectrum of light and radio-frequency energies to target the sebaceous unit in the skin. The spectrum of light used is 400-980 nm in the blue light spectrum that target P.Acnes in the skin. The photo-dynamic reaction between the blue light and the photophorphyrins (light sensitive molecules) results in oxidation and free radical damage in the sebaceous gland. P.Acnes is destroyed in this free radical environment, reducing bacterial count and stopping the inflammatory process within the sebaceous gland. The radio-frequency also has a thermal effect on the sebaceous gland adding a unique advantage of shrinking the pores and improving the texture of acneic skin which is often left blotchy and rough after acne eruptions. The procedure is safe with no downtime and offers a safe alternative to treating active papular to papulopustular acne.
How does the Aurora AC treat my acne?
The Aurora uses a specific spectrum of light that targets the bacteria which actually causes the acne. When the bacteria proliferates in clogged pores it can cause bumpy and inflamed acne lesions. The Aurora AC combine light and gentle radio-frequency energies to decrease the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria, and may also affect the sebaceousg land from over- production of oil and promote healing of the skin after acne break-outs.
Is the treatment with the Aurora safe?
Treatment is very safe for all skin tones, even very dark skin. There are many advances in the Aurora Technology that makes it one of the safest acne treatment systems available. There are no long term health hazards from light or radio-frequency energies used in the Aurora. Both have been used for decades in medicine, surgery, and aesthetics without adversity.
What kind of results can I expect from Aurora AC treatment?
Over a series of treatments with the Aurora AC most patients notice a faster healing times of existing acne lesions. Frequency and severity of acne lesions should subside with each succeeding treatments. On going treatments can help prevent acne breakouts and promote skin healing after acne break-outs by improving skin texture and tone.
How frequently do I need treatments?
Treatments are done twice a week for four to six weeks. Each treatment sessions takes approximately 15 minutes. After the initial series of treatments, your clinician may prescribe additional treatments spread out over a longer interval time to fine-tune your therapy and help maintain the results.
Does the treatment hurt?
The sensation is often described as “hot pinch” or “snapping” feeling. The sensation only lasts for fraction of a second, and you may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a short time afterwards. The cooling tip that touches the skin surface makes the treatment both comfortable and safe. Most patients do not use topical anesthetic to numb the skin for this procedure.
What should I expect after the treatment?
There will be a temporary pinkness in the skin that lasts a very short time. Most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment. Every patient responds differently but most patients report that they notice improvement as early as three weeks into the treatment series.
Who should get Aurora AC treatment for acne?
Anyone who wants an alternative to traditional topical or oral therapies for acne, or who have not responded to traditional acne solutions. Acne on the face, chest, and back are all treatable with the Aurora AC. There are few medical conditions that contraindicate people from treatment which will be discussed with your clinician during consultation.