Acne is a chronic problem that affects a majority of teenagers, often well into adulthood.
Acne is a multifactorial problem that lies in the sebaceous gland. Hormonal factors such as those associated with polycystic ovary disease, physical factors such as oily cosmetics, stress and milk and sweets are known aggravating factors.
Traditional treatments include topical therapy, antibiotics, hormonal therapy and isotretinoin in severe cases. Many patients prefer to avoid these because of concern of side effects and seek our targeted local treatments.
Lasers and other light sources such are the latest advent in the treatment of resistant and difficult to treat acne. They have a good antibacterial effect, and lead to a significant positive effect on the sebaceous glands improving acne after 1-3 treatment sessions. Studies have in fact shown a reduction of 47-95% in acne lesions and blackheads, as well as rapid clearing of the red spots that are left long after acne lesions have resolved. There is no need for a recovery period or significant side effects after laser treatment of acne.
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The advantages of treatment using lasers and other light sources are that the treatment is convenient, effective and safe, it also lacks the problem of traditional treatments such as skin irritation and other side effects or bacterial resistance.
Topical photodynamic therapy, where a local photosensitizer and light lead to localized damage of the oil glands, is also a new treatment of acne that leads to significant clearing in 1-2 sessions. This treatment often mimicks the effect of Isotretinoin(Ro-Accutane) in the case of cystic acne.
Topical treatment of acne is often continued while and after getting treated with laser or radiofrequency sessions.
Red marks that are left after severe acne are reduced and after removed with 1-3 laser treatments.
As for acne scars, Dr Touma specializes in removing them with laser, subcision or a combination thereof.