One of the most common skin problems is acne, or acne vulgaris. Acne on the face and adolescence often go hand in hand, but sometimes acne also affects adults. Acne also affects people who have reached a more mature age, especially if it was not treated during the teenage years, thinking that it will go away on its own. Treatment of acne is not very simple – it is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that requires careful treatment. Acne or otherwise, acne laser treatment is an innovative and extremely effective way to overcome acne.
Who is this procedure suitable for?
In order to overcome acne (skin rashes), it is recommended to first visit a dermatovenerologist, during which the doctor will assess the condition of the skin and prescribe an acne treatment plan that is suitable for you individually. The procedure is suitable for men and women of all ages with acne. The procedure is not performed for those taking Roaccutane drugs who have herpes (herpes virus), wounds, infection in the treated area. Whether the procedure is suitable for you is more precisely decided by the doctor.
Visible result after several procedures?
The number of laser acne treatment procedures depends on the form and severity of the acne, but usually 4-8 sessions are prescribed. What is photodynamic therapy (PDT)? Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive therapy that uses light therapy combined with a photosensitizing agent, usually 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA). A photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin, making the skin more sensitive to light. After applying the photosensitizing agent, light therapy is applied. PDT was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat cancer and is often used to treat actinic keratosis, rough, scaly skin growths caused by long-term sun exposure. It is now being touted as safe and effective for treating acne.
Effectiveness The results of ALA-PDT in the treatment of acne (acne) are promising. Some studies have shown a significant reduction in acne breakouts, improvement in skin texture, and softening and reduction of acne scars. Some patients have even reported a 50-75% reduction in acne. PDT can be used to treat moderate to severe cystic acne and can produce similar results to Accutane (isotretinoin, a drug for severe acne). How does photodynamic therapy (PDT) work? PDT is believed to shrink the skin’s sebaceous glands. It also reduces the amount of sebum in the pores and thus reduces comedones.
For those with moderate to severe acne who do not respond well to traditional topical treatments, this is a good treatment alternative.
ALA-PDT can also destroy acne-causing bacteria and normalize the shedding of dead skin cells in the follicles. This procedure also improves the overall texture of the skin and removes acne scars. Most short-contact photodynamic therapy treatments begin with microdermabrasion to remove excess dead cells from the skin’s surface and improve ALA penetration. Then a photosensitizing agent (ALA) is applied to the skin, the skin is immediately treated (usually with blue light) for 15-18 minutes.
How is the photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedure performed?
• Before the procedure, the skin is cleaned with a facial cleanser.
• The skin is degreased with a special liquid.
• A 5-ALA solution is applied to the skin area prepared for treatment and left to absorb into the skin for 30-60 minutes (painless).
• Then the 5-ALA solution is activated by the light waves of a special length emitted by the photodynamic therapy device for 15-18 minutes.
• In addition to the wavelength of blue light, several different wavelengths of light can be used to reach the deeper layers of the skin to achieve the best desired treatment effect.
• ALA-PDT treatment is tolerable pain. After the procedure, your skin will look like it has been heavily tanned by the sun. In the next 48 hours you must avoid being in bright light, especially the sun.
• After 2 to 6 days (depending on the strength of 5-ALA prescribed by your doctor), the unhealthy skin cells will begin to peel off and fall off on their own, leaving the newly formed healthy skin in place.
• This non-invasive treatment of Photodynamic ALA-PDT therapy is recognized worldwide. Although this therapy is painful, there are no scars left after the procedure and the results are stunning and speak for themselves.