How to Prepare for Laser Acne Removal

There are many things that can go wrong with the skin of a person, but one of the most prevalent causes is pimples. A person can literally go to bed at night with clear skin, and then wake up the next morning with pimples on their face. Although teenagers seem to get pimples more severely, adults can still get pimples as well.

Although some over the counter medications might work, there are various medical procedures, such as laser acne removal, that are considered to be more effective. Before a person decides that laser acne removal might be the most effective treatment for their acne, they should first isolate the variables that could be causing their acne in the first place.

Generally speaking, acne is not caused by unclean conditions so much as it is caused by hormonal reactions. In a teenager, their hormones are all over the place. In adults, stressful situations can also make their hormones become imbalanced. Varying hormone levels can trigger the production of skin oils via the sebaceous glands, which, when mixed with other kinds of dirt, creates pore clogging bacteria.

In the case of laser acne removal, the heat of the laser permeates the upper skin layers to reach the pores that have become clogged with bacteria. The heat eradicates the bacteria and the small skin infection that it caused, while at the same time the light of the laser stimulates the growth of new healthy and clear skin tissue.

However, before a prospective patient can actually embark on the journey of laser acne removal, it is important that he or she find the right dermatologist to perform the treatments. There are several things that the prospective patient should look for in the right dermatologist.

The first, and most important thing that he or she should look for is the amount of verifiable certifications and credentials that the dermatologist has. Additionally, it would be ideal if the dermatologist specializes in just this kind of procedure. Of course, the dermatologist should also have verifiable testimonials.

When the right dermatologist has been found, the next step is to schedule a consultation. The consultation is an appointment where the acne of the patient is assessed. Also, the dermatologist will discuss the details of this procedure, along with answering additional patient questions.

It is important to note that this laser procedure will, in order to produce the most effective results, have to be done more than once. The amount of sessions that will be needed will depend on the severity of the acne, as well as the skin type of the patient.

At each session, the patient should arrive wearing comfortable clothing, and a face clear of any facial products. The face will be cleaned again, and a topical anesthetic cream will be applied. Next, the dermatologist will use a device to direct the laser to the problematic areas. It is important to note that other areas of the body can be treated by this procedure as well. Once the procedure is over, the patient will experience some redness or swelling, but will otherwise be able to return to regular activities.

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