Laser Acne Treatment
At some point in our lives, we all get acne…
Acne develops when our bodies produce a hormone called androgen, which stimulates our sebaceous glands to produce an oily substance called sebum. An overproduction of sebum can block pores, trapping the oil. Skin bacteria (P. acnes) that feed on and break down sebum also become trapped, and the mixture of hair protein, sebum, and fatty acids produced by the bacteria irritate the walls of the hair follicle causing inflammation.
Ellipse treatment reduces the blood supply to the sebaceous gland, slowing down production of sebum. To do this, short, safe bursts of intense pulsed light (called I2PL technology by Ellipse, but often referred to to as a laser are directed at the skin. The system filters the light to ensure the wavelengths used are absorbed by haemoglobin in the fine blood vessels that supply the sebaceous glands.
It takes approximately 60 flashes to treat the full face. Including consultation and preparation, you should count on 20 minutes in the clinic. A typical course of therapy includes around 6 treatment course, three weeks apart.
The best results are achieved on inflammatory acne –red, aching, raised pimples. It is important your skin does not have a recent suntan.
No anaesthetics are required, and many patients describe the treatment as practically pain-free, like a flick from a rubber band followed by a sensation similar to the feeling of gentle warmth after a day on the beach.
The acne treatment is a combination therapy. We recommend you use ADAPALENE cream or gel. Because the bacteria is difficult to eradicate completely, your doctor will probably recommend that you continue using adapalene cream or gel for some months after the treatment has ended. Sun exposure should be avoided 30-60 days before and after treatment.
You may notice some general redness on the face following the treatment. If you have sun-damaged skin, some of the pigmented spots may turn darker and eventually disappear. Because the bacteria are difficult to eradicate completely, your doctor will probably recommend that you continue using adapalene cream for some months after Ellipse treatment has ended. If you have a future acne outbreak, Ellipse treatment can be repeated. Although results vary from person to person, you should expect more acne lesions to clear compared to adapalene alone, and a faster clearance rate. Please talk to your physician about what results you can expect.
Clinical trials documenting Ellipse’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the launch of the treatment, and these were published in respected, referenced medical journals. You are welcome to view these scientific papers on the Ellipse website at http://www.ellipse.com.
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