Laser Acne Treatment

Laser Acne Treatment

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Acne Vulgaris (common acne often referred to as zits or pimples) is the single most troublesome skin condition for teens and young adults. Fortunately, it is also one of the most manageable. At Aesthetic Contours in the Inland Empire, Dr. Heidari uses the most advanced laser acne treatment and light-based treatments to treat and control acne.

Acne begins when the sebaceous glands become clogged and there is a build-up of acne bacteria called P. acnes. This bacteria build-up causes inflammation and the formation of acne. Acne problems can begin early, even before preteen years, and can continue for some through middle adulthood. For many years, acne sufferers have been forced to rely on topical and oral medications to treat their blemishes, cysts, and inflammation. These medications, such as Accutane and long-term antibiotic therapy, tend to have inconsistent results and many side effects.

If you suffer from acne, proper skin care and laser treatments can prevent long-term problems such as scarring and discoloration of your skin. Everyone has different responses to acne inflammation. Some people scar deeply and others experience no scarring or faint scars. Some experience persistent redness of the skin around acne. Depending on your condition, Dr. Heidari will recommend specific laser treatments and closely monitor your progress, resulting in healthy, beautiful skin.

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What is Laser Acne Treatment?

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Laser Acne Treatment is a light or laser-based option to help reduce inflammatory acne lesions by targeting some of the main factors that cause acne such as P. acnes bacteria and sebaceous (oil) gland activity. Aesthetic Contours by Dr. Heidari offer a variety of options to treat acne with Blue Light, IPL (intense pulse light), PDT (photodynamic therapy), and Broadband Light (BBL).

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What are the Benefits of Laser Acne Treatment?

In addition to increasing your confidence, Our Inland Empire Laser Acne treatment has found the following benefits:

  • Decreases inflammation
  • Helps treat the bacteria that cause acne
  • Quick and convenient
  • Reduces oil production
  • Reduces scarring
  • Zero recovery time

Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Acne Treatment?

The best candidates for Laser Acne Treatment are those who are experiencing issues with acne and would like to reduce its appearance and/or frequency. You should maintain realistic expectations for the treatment as it is not a guarantee to completely remove your acne, but it can significantly reduce it.

What’s the First Step?

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The first step in getting Laser Acne Treatment in the Inland Empire is to reach out to your nearest Aesthetic Contours center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidari. During this consultation, you will receive an evaluation of your acne and be asked about your medical history. It is important, to be honest when discussing your medical history as it can affect the techniques used to achieve an acne-free face.

A treatment plan will be created for you and if you agree with the direction, then you will be able to schedule your first treatment session with our Patient Coordinator.

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What to Expect on the Day of Laser Acne Treatment

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Aesthetic Contours by Dr. Heidari offers different laser techniques to treat your Acne, with each one having its unique approach.

Blue Light

Certain light spectrums activate bacteria-fighting agents produced by your body called porphyrins. Blue Light is a high-intensity blue-violet light that activates these porphyrins and starts a chemical reaction that destroys the P. acnes bacteria (the root cause of inflamed blemishes). This process treats and controls acne.* Blue Light treatments are usually done in six to eight sessions and can be performed two to three times per week. We also recommend monthly maintenance Blue Light therapy sessions.

Laser and Photo-Rejuvenation

Laser treatments heat the sub-epidermal layers of the skin and are ideal for treating wrinkles, acne, and acne scars through collagen remodeling, a proliferation of active fibroblasts, and decelerating over-acting sebaceous glands that cause acne. Dr. Heidari uses Sciton’s ThermaScan, which delivers pulsed, infrared energy at a 1319 nm wavelength.

Sciton’s Broadband light (BBL) photo-rejuvenation is also an effective way to shrink acne vesicles and kill the bacteria responsible for acne formation. These treatments are more aggressive than Blue Light therapy, require fewer treatments, and deliver faster results.* For moderate to severe cystic acne, this is used as a more aggressive treatment.

Photo-Dynamic Therapy

For the most severe and stubborn acne, Dr. Heidari uses photodynamic therapy (PDT)—the newest breakthrough in treating acne.

Dr. Heidari will apply Levulonic acid, which is a clear painless solution, to your skin and let it settle for about 60 minutes. It is then activated with a specific wavelength of light, either Blue Light or the more aggressive BBL. This second phase takes about 16-20 minutes. Often two to four treatments four weeks apart can eradicate 70-90% of acne lesions for up to one year.

Levulonic acid is absorbed by active cells, like acne sebaceous glands, making the targeted acne cells more sensitive to light. This combined interaction of the solution and the light is what gives rise to the term “photodynamic therapy.” Levulonic acid will also target sebaceous hyperplasia (small benign bumps under your skin) and the papules of acne rosacea.

Laser Acne Treatment Recovery

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Depending on the type of acne treatment, recovery varies from no recovery to two to three days of recovery after photodynamic therapy. Although the laser system is very powerful, most patients describe the light pulses as a ‘snapping’ sensation, which causes mild discomfort at most. After the treatment, you may have some redness for about a week, but that quickly fades and you can enjoy your clear, bright skin. The continuous use of medical grade skin care will be recommended to maintain the results.

How Much Does Laser Acne Treatment Cost in the Inland Empire?

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The cost of Laser Acne Treatment in Upland is determined by the severity of your acne and which technique is utilized to treat it, among other factors. When you come in for your consultation and Dr. Heidari can examine your skin, he will create the perfect treatment plan for you. Once this plan is crafted, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a price breakdown for the entirety of your treatment.

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Why Choose Us?

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Aesthetic Contours by Dr. Heidari is more than a plastic surgery center, we are your ally and partner as you realize your best self. With our convenient location servicing the greater Los Angeles area and the Inland Empire, it’s now easier than ever to take care of any acne issues with a few simple treatments. Our team has been personally trained by Dr. Ali Heidari who encourages all of us to provide our patients with a safe and tailored experience using the latest techniques in a state-of-the-art environment. As a board-certified plastic surgeon for over 25+ years, Dr. Heidari has developed a wonderful reputation for providing his patients with his vast knowledge and pleasant demeanor. He continues to further his education and understanding with every chance he gets by discovering the latest and greatest techniques available.

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Your complexion can make or break your self-confidence, so why not strive to look and feel your best? Aesthetic Contours by Dr. Heidari can help you achieve smooth, glowing skin with Laser Acne Treatment. If you are interested in this service and would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for it, please contact us today! We also offer appointment requests through our website where one of our helpful and friendly team members will get in touch with you. Say goodbye to Acne and hello to a fresh face with our Laser Acne Treatment!

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Patient Resources

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We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out.