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Acne Treatments Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Acne Treatments Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania      

 
     
  Acne Reversal & Acne Scar Treatments  
  Acne can come from many sources, most common is an inflammatory skin disorder associated with nodular skin lesions with scars) and irregularities on the face during the later stages (did you know we can get rid of Scars too; but lets get the acne under control first).  It is a difficult problem affecting millions of teenagers and adults. The exact cause is unknown although factors such as dietary habits, hormonal changes especially during puberty, certain drugs, stress, nutritional deficiencies etc. have been implicated in the etiology. Sometimes acne occurs for the first time later in life (30—40 years). The infections in acne are as a result of Propionobacterium acnes along with Staphylocccous aureus. There are different methods of management of acne. Several prescription and over the counter products provide varying degrees of clearance of the lesions. The goal of the treatment is aimed at reducing the level of bacterial population in the lesion providing a healthy environment for healing.  
     
  We have used the Palomar, Syneron, LightSheer & Lyra Laser in acute cases and there is significant reduction of the level of inflammation in the lesions. This along with a proprietary topical product that works by reducing the level of the bacteria has provided clearance of acute acne in a good number of patients. Multiple treatments with the laser may be necessary as well as maintenance treatments depending upon individual needs. Dieting and other factors also need to be addressed along with treatments.  
     
  For scar management including pigmentary charges different lasers can be used as well along with a prescription cream. In some patients depressed scars can be corrected by subcision, injection of filler materials, collagen remodeling etc.  
     
 

 
     
  Chemical Gel Peel Treatment  
 

The Gel Peel Treatment is designed to minimize the appearance of surface lines, smooth out rough skin texture, aid in clearing acne, and help fade hyperpigmentation. The acids in these peels remove dead cells from the surface without irritating the skin. Safe and effective this in-office treatment minimizes patient down-time and is specifically developed for use with an at-home pre and- post treatment regime. For optimal results, a minimum of 6 sessions in conjunction with other procedures or treatments are recommended.

 
     
  Calming Facial  
 

This Facial is designed to help calm and sooth acne/ rosacea skin. The Vitamin C Firming Masque will aid in reducing erythema caused by rosacea. The Phyto Corrective Gel acts as a hydrator, without leaving the skin oily, and its’ anti- bacterial/ anti-septic properties help heal and calm acneic skin.

 
     
  Deep Pore-Cleansing Facial  
 

This facial is perfect for the teenaged client experiencing “teen-like” acne. The combination of products helps to reduce oil without drying and gives the skin the hydration it needs. Botanicals in the Phyto Corrective Gel help to heal the acne, while the Clarifying Clay Masque draws out impurities and oils that can be harmful to the skin.

 
     
  The Pulsed Light Alternative  
 

Acne is the most common skin problem in the United States, affecting not only teenagers, but up to 80 percent of people in their 20s and 30s*. This stubborn condition is typically treated with oral and topical medications, which can produce good results but often with undesirable side effects.

 
     
 

We offer an effective alternative acne treatment. Our systems deliver highly concentrated light pulses which attack acne on two fronts:

 
 
  • Destroys acne bacteria for a quick clearance of current acne breakouts.
  • Penetrates into the hyperactive sebaceous glands to slow down the production of sebum, which can clog pores and cause future acne breakouts.

 
 

The result is fast resolution of current breakouts and a long remission time between treatments, without any drug-related side effects.

 
 

*Source: The American Academy of Dermatology (www.aad.org)

 
     
 

F.A.Q.'s

 
     
  Q: How does the pulsed light work? How is pulsed light different from a laser?  
 

A: We use specialized handpieces which filter light from different parts of the spectrum. Each band of the spectrum has a wavelength that is ideal for different treatments, such as hair reduction, sunspot removal, or leg vein clearance. The handpiece filters light into a band of the spectrum to affect acne. It concentrates the light into individual pulses targeting acne-causing bacteria. Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but our pulsed light systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wide area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result.

 
     
  Q: How is pulsed light different from a laser?  
 

A: Pulsed light systems and lasers are very similar, but our pulsed light systems use a much larger treatment window than most lasers. This spreads light over a wide area of skin and allows faster coverage of the skin and quicker treatments as a result.

 
     
  Q: What are the treatments like? What should I expect after treatment?  
 

A: Your treatment provider will move the handpiece over the skin, pulsing it all the while. Each pulse will sends beams of light through the skin. A flashing light, an audible tone and a mild sensation will tell you when the handpiece is being pulsed. This sensation produces little to no discomfort. You can expect a mild sunburn-like sensation, possibly accompanied by minor swelling. This usually lasts 2-24 hours and can be soothed. There may be an initial flare-up of acne, similar to the kind seen after a peel or the beginning of a new topical or oral acne medication. Some of the blemishes may appear redder. They will then fade after 2-3 weeks. A reduction in the number of lesions and the prevention of new lesions formation can be expected following your treatment course.

 
     
  Help for Common Skin Problems  
 

According to a 2008 survey by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, people in their 50s and 60s ranked youthful-looking skin as the number one feature they find attractive in others. Also, respondents in their 20s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, consider the appearance of the face essential.

 
     
 

Millions of women have stretch marks, which occur naturally as a result of puberty, pregnancy, hormonal changes and weight gain. This fact does little to alleviate the embarrassment that most women experience at the appearance of these unsightly striations on their skin.

 
     
 

Acne scars and surgical scars may cause emotional or physical pain and influence the quality of life. Surgical scar removal procedures are painful, invasive, and have a chance for complications.

 
     
 

At Body Beautiful, we use the Palomar’s Lux1540 Fractional Laser System. Palomar® invented and patented micro-fractional laser technology. We offer a non-invasive solution that delivers rapid, reliable treatment with little risk. Healing time is minimal; the infection risk eliminated; and there is little to no pain felt. This laser technology is the perfect choice for the treatment of wrinkles, acne and surgical scars, melasma, striae, undesirable textural irregularities, crow’s feet, blotchy skin and more, on almost any problem spot on the body - face, neck, chest, arms, legs.

 
     
 

The laser improves unsightly skin color and skin texture associated with stretch marks and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes (known as crow’s feet). This laser eliminates these conditions, leaving smoother, better looking skin. It is suitable for use on all skin types, making it the preferred method of scar removal for outstanding clinical outcomes.

 
 
 
  PULSED LIGHT ACNE TREATMENT  
     
  Clear your acne blemishes with easy pulsed light treatments.  
     
 
 
  PULSED LIGHT ACNE TREATMENT
   
  Clear your acne blemishes with
   
  easy pulsed light treatments.
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
     
  WHAT CAUSES ACNE?  
 

Acne occurs when the pores become clogged with dead skin cells and excess sebum. This provides an ideal medium for bacteria to multiply – causing pimples and inflammation.

 
     
 

Acne generally begins in puberty but can last well into adulthood.

 
     
  PULSED LIGHT: HOW DOES IT WORK?  
 

Pulses of filtered light are directed into the skin, where they destroy bacteria to clear current acne breakouts. The light pulses also slow down the production of sebum, which can get clogged in the pores – this prevents future acne breakouts.

 
     
 

Pulsed light systems are similiar to lasers but with a larger light beam than most lasers for wider coverage and faster, more comfortable treatments.

 
     
  PULSED LIGHT ACNE TREATMENTS  
 

The Palomar Pulsed Light System attacks acne on two fronts:

 
 
  • It attacks bacteria to clear current acne breakouts.

  • It decreases the production of sebum, which clogs pores and traps bacteria, leading to future acne breakouts.

 
  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  
     
  What Happens After Acne Treatment?  
 

Your skin may be slightly red after treatment. The acne blemishes shrink and become less noticeable, and then fade after approximately one week.

 
     
  Will the Treatments Hurt?  
 

Palomar Pulsed Light Systems use a unique long pulsewidth that delivers energy to the skin over a relatively long period of time. This makes the pulses safer and more comfortable. You may experience a feeling similar to that of a rubber band being snapped on the skin, but most people do not report this sensation as painful.

 
     
  Are There Any Adverse Reactions to Treatment?  
 

You may experience temporary redness and a mild “sunburn”- like effect that may last a few hours to a few days.

 
     
 
 
 

Acne is the #1 Diagnosis For Dermatologists

 

Introducing

Acne is the #1 Diagnosis For Dermatologists

 

All About Acne

 
     
 

Acne is the #1 Diagnosis For Dermatologists

 
     
  American Dermatologist Association Reports That:  
 
  • 80M Americans have active acne
  • 20% of all adults have active acne
  • 20M Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars
  • Of the 85% of teenagers that suffer from acne, 25% will have permanent scars
 
  Of Those Who Suffer From Acne:  
 
  • 11% will see a physician (8.8M)*
  • 20% will go to a skin care center (16M)*
  • 30% will use an OTC medication from a drug store or pharmacy (24M)*
  • 40+% will do nothing*
 
  *American Dermatologist Association  
 

 

 
  Challenges of Non-Device Based Acne Treatments  
     
 
Medication Duration of Impact

Major Challenges

     
OTCs 6-10 weeks

Ineffective

Irritating to skin
Cause excessive dryness of skin
     
Antibiotics 6-8 weeks
Can promote bacterial resistance
Yeast infections and reduction on potency of birth control pills in women
50% of Americans are antibiotic resistant
Growing % of patient base opposes systemic tx
     
Accutane 3-6 months
Teratogenic
Excessive dry and chapped lips
Inflammatory bowel disease etc
Negative Media publicity
     
 
     
 
 
  Challenges of Device Based Acne Treatments  
     
 
LIGHT SOURCE ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
     
PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
ALA + Blue Light (412 nm)
Effective on some;
Single treatment session; Usable on all skin types
Downtime; Unpredictable outcomes;

Discomfort. Too painful for teens; Minimal effect on sebaceous gland;

Not FDA Cleared for Acne
No Deep Extractions
Lengthy duration of impact
     
VISIBLE LIGHT
532 nm
Usable on Type I-III skin
 
Potentially unsafe on darker skin types; Lengthy procedure; Discomfort; Only FDA cleared for mild to moderate inflammatory acne; No effect on sebaceous gland; Often requires anesthetic gels, cooling etc.
No Deep Extractions
Lengthy duration of impact
     
INFRARED AND NEAR
INFRA RED
1450 nm
Usable on Type I-V skin
 

High pain levels result in poor compliance/tolerance. Only FDA cleared only for mild to moderate inflammatory acne; Often requires anesthetic gels, cooling etc. Minimal effect on sebaceous gland; Complications with use of cryogen

No Deep Extractions
Lengthy duration of impact
     
BROADBAND LIGHT / IPLS
 
 
 
Poor efficacy; Large number of Treatments; High cost; Unpredictable outcomes; Only FDA cleared for mild to moderate inflammatory acne
No Deep Extractions
Lengthy duration of impact
     
     
 
 
 
  Clinical Outcomes  
     
  FDA cleared and Effective on a Wide Range and Severity of Acne for ALL Skin Types  
 
  • Mild to Moderate Inflammatory Acne (Acne Vulgaris)
  • Comedonal Acne
  • Pustular Acne
 
  Most Effective on Severe Acne  
 
  • Noticeable improvement after 1stTreatment
  • Dramatic results post 3rdTreatment
 
 

Additional Benefits of Treatment

 
 
  • Clearance of post-inflammatory sequelaeof acne
  • Visible reduction in pore size
  • Improvement in skin texture
 
 
 
  Combines Therapeutic Advantages of Vacuum & Light  
 
   

Combines Therapeutic Advantages of Vacuum & Light

Combines Therapeutic Advantages of Vacuum & Light

Vacuum

Light

Dislodging of follicular ostia Heat injury to bacteria

Elevating and Opening Sebaceous Gland

Heat shock to sebaceous glands

 

Vascular Impact that slows trafficking

   
 
 
 
  Acleara Mechanism of Action  
     
 
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Acleara hand piece makes full contact with

 
 

Pneumatics deep cleans pores by extracting build up of sebaceous material

 
 

Along with targeting heating of the dermis, the endogenous effect of light activates porphryns to destroy P. acnes and reduces sebum production

 
 

Obstruction in the pilosebaceous apparatus is removed and skin normalizes

 
 
 
 
  About The Acleara Treatment  
     
 
Number of Treatments 4 –5 Treatments
   
Treatment Interval Weekly / Every 2 weeks
   
Maintenance Treatment Every 3 months
   
Treatment Time 10 -15 minutes or less for a full face treatment
   
Anaesthetic / Numbing Never Used
External Cooling Never required
Gels Never required
   
Post Treatment Sunscreen
   
 
 
 
 
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