With the advent of technology, people are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to get rid of acne. Laser treatments are regarded as effective solutions to permanently get rid of acne and the resultant, scarring. Apart from tackling acne by destroying the bacteria from the source, laser therapy is used to treat a variety of other pressing skin conditions i.e. age spots, discoloration and wrinkles. However, laser treatments may require a number of sittings at the doctor’s office (depending on the severity of the condition), with costs varying between US $200-$500. Despite the costs, laser therapy boasts of a tremendous advantage over earlier techniques of pimples and scar removal; there’s no blood involved! For more such interesting information and the benefits of laser treatment for acne, read on.
How Does It Work?
Lasers produce intense monochromatic light that work on the basis of ‘disturbing’ certain compounds called ‘porphyrins’. When the light is focused on the acne, it disturbs the porphyrins which then go on to damage the bacteria wall in the acne. This successfully kills all the bacteria and the pimples eventually recede. Laser treatments can also help eradicate scars and pigmentation by heating up the hemoglobin in the blood. Heating blood vessels like capillaries, do not allow the upper layer of skin to receive any oxygen or nutrients, which in turn, disintegrates skin tissue. This gives the opportunity for healthy, new skin to come in its place. Other laser therapies such as ‘pulsed light therapy’ control sebum production.
The Benefits of Laser Treatment
• Laser treatments are quick and painless procedures. If you are squeamish about blood, chances are you will find happiness with laser therapy!
• The light targets bacteria under layers of skin. Topical treatments work on the surface level of acne. Laser therapy on the other hand, destroys the bacteria from its source.
• For less severe cases of acne, it may take 2-3 sittings to see desired results. For more serious conditions, it may take just 3-6 weeks. When compared to other acne treatments, these timeframes are considerably short.
• Modern laser technology can alleviate the appearance of bumps by targeting the excessive production of bacteria and the oils that clogs pores and lead to inflamed skin.
• Since the procedure is non-invasive, there is no risk of an internal infection unlike procedures that require the mechanical peeling of skin layers such as ‘Dermabrasion’.