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Active Acne

The source of the problem that leads to acne lies deep beneath the surface of the skin. The sebaceous gland, an oil secreting apparatus, empties the oils into a pore, allowing the oil to flow to the surface. Individuals with acne have impairment in this normal process. The oil accumulates in the pore, forming a plug that we commonly call a blackhead. Oil then builds up behind the plug, hardens, and creates a cyst. Bacteria in the skin feed on this buildup and begin to multiply and excrete many toxic wastes. This leads to inflammation and the common pimple seen in acne. If the pimple becomes large enough, it irreversibly damages the tissue leading to an acne scar.

What is Thermascan™ & BBL™ Technology?

ThermaScan’s (Non-ablative) infrared laser & BBL’s pulsed light energy selectively targets the region in your skin responsible for active acne.

What will BBL™ treatment do?

Combining Thermascan™ & BBL™ precisely treats active acne, redness & enlarged pores. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin’s condition & desired results.

What conditions can be treated with BBL™?

  • Active Acne
  • Redness
  • Enlarged pores
Images of person's face before and after acne treatment

How does ThermaScan™ & BBL™ Work?

The light energy delivered by the BBL™ will gently heat the upper layers of your skin & ThermaScan’s infrared laser rejuvenates your skin from the inside out. This combination laser treatment works by using high energy laser impulses, effectively decreasing sebaceous gland secretions, and also directly and indirectly destroy the bacteria that lead to inflammatory acne. This same laser also stimulates repair of the tissues damaged by the acne process, which in turn can have a dramatic affect on acne scars.

What areas can be treated?

The most common areas are the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders.

How many treatments will I need?

From 3 to 4 treatments, at 2-4 weeks intervals, will produce the desired results. Maintenance treatments will be necessary.

How long will it take to recover?

This is a non-invasive procedure with virtually no down-time. In most cases you will be able to return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities right away.

What should I expect after the treatment?

Typically you will experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. Results vary depending on your condition, number of treatments and area treated. Your Provider will supply you with complete information about the post treatment effects and results.

Will it be uncomfortable?

ThermaScan™ & BBL™ laser treatments are non-invasive & safe. There should be minimal discomfort. You may feel a warming of the skin or rubber band snap like sensation as the procedure is performed. However, this varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment.

What will happen during the procedure?

Your Provider will discuss all the options with you. Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Your procedure should take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated.

What aftercare do I need?

It is important to follow your post care instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. These will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest healing time. You will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Fully cover your skin or use a good sun screen whenever you go outdoors.

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