My Patient after 4 treatments with the TriBeam TriPeel Laser Treatment
Acne treatments are not one size fits all. If topical treatments are not working for you or if you are looking to accelerate your results laser treatments may be an option to consider.
There are many different lasers that may be used to treat acne, but typically they work in one of three ways:
- The laser will heat overactive sebaceous (oil) glands causing them to shrink so they produce less oil.
- Some acne is caused by bacteria that are normally found on your skin. The laser can destroy bacteria by creating oxygen within the trapped pore which destroys the bacteria causing the inflammation.
- Lastly, some lasers shrink and clear out pores by exfoliating the superficial outer layer of dead skin cells.
In addition to helping prevent new acne from forming, some laser treatments can also help diminish the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. These laser treatments accelerate the healing process and stimulate collagen remodeling, an important step in the long-term treatment of acne.
These type of laser treatments typically have very little downtime. The Tribeam Laser that I use in my office will make the skin slightly pink for a few hours but things are back to normal the next day.
So what’s the downside to this treatment? The cost. Insurance companies usually will not cover this procedure. Expect to fork over anywhere between $200-$400 per treatment.
It typically takes a series of treatments to see the best results. Laser treatments are by no means the end all be all as far as acne treatments go. Acne can be a very difficult condition to treat and you have to find out what treatment is best for you. If you are considering laser treatments for acne make sure your provider goes over all of your acne treatment options to ensure you are making an informed decision.