Are you tired of looking in the mirror and all you see are new acne breakouts despite all the soaps and creams you have been using? Do you need help?
It may be time for you to see a Skin Care Specialist to help manage your acne with Acne Surgery and other options such as peels, lasers, and medically directed skin care.
- 1 What is Acne Surgery?
- 2 What is the difference between medical extraction vs. acne extraction performed in a spa?
- 3 What you expect during Acne Surgery
- 4 Acne Treatments
- 5 Should you see a Skin Care Specialist for Acne Surgery on a regular basis?
- 6 How much does Acne Surgery cost?
What is Acne Surgery?
Acne Surgery sounds like a serious undertaking that involves pain, anesthesia time off work or school. However, this really is not the case.
Acne surgery is simply a name that refers to several acne treatment procedures. If you have comedonal acne, also known as blackheads and whiteheads, you may notice a major improvement after acne surgery.
What is the difference between medical extraction vs. acne extraction performed in a spa?
Our Skin Care Specialists are all under the supervision and guidance of a physician and will not use any material or product that may make your acne worse. When getting treated in a regular spa, aestheticians will often use something that smells very nice but really contain oils or other products that could cause you breakout more. Medical extractions are also performed in a clean environment with sterile instruments that are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
What you expect during Acne Surgery
During a session of medical extractions, our licensed Skin Care Specialist licensed may apply warm steam to your skin for a few minutes to open up your pores. The clogged pores will be cleared out to remove all the white and blackheads in your skin using sterile tools. Your medical extractions can often be combined with a chemical peel deliver to achieve the greatest benefit. You may notice a little redness over the treated region that can be covered with makeup until it resolves. The treatment does not hurt and you can go back to work or school immediately after the treatment.
Blemish Excision and Extractions
A medical facial with extractions of blemishes can immediately improve active acne and also works to reduce and prevent future flares ups. This involves the physical removal of any blackheads and whiteheads from your skin by a Skin Care Specialist. This is usually a doctor, physician assistant, or certified esthetician using sterile instruments to clear out the contents and debris that has built up inside. This is the ideal treatment if you need to quickly clear up skin for an upcoming event.
You should be careful not to try this on your own. If you try to extract or lance a clogged pore at home you can open yourself up to an infection that can result in visible scars.
Even if you have the silky smooth skin you may be interested in clearing up your clogged pores. Our skilled Skin Care Specialist, Nia, specializes in the treatment of acne. She can perform medical grade facials that safely clear your clogged pores immediately.
Time: 10 to 30 minutes depending on the extent of your acne.
Medical Peels for Acne
These light chemical peels deliver medication directly into the pores and can work to gently exfoliate your skin without any downtime. There are also stronger and deeper chemical peels that only the doctor can apply that are available as well. All medical peel procedures are similar. A chemical agent is applied to the skin and left for a period of time. The chemical removes the surface of the skin, triggering a remodeling process. Over the next several days to weeks, your skin will flake or “peel” off, allowing the renewed skin to come to the surface.
Medical Peels can be used to treat both acne and acne scars. Depending on the depth of the peel, you need several treatments to achieve your desired results.
Laser Surgery and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments
Light-based therapy is another treatment option that can be used for Acne. The type of treatment that will work best for you is based on your skin type, skin color and what you are trying to achieve. A photofacial delivers high-intensity pulses of light to the upper layers of the skin and can reduce redness, inflammation, and bacteria in the pores. Other lasers can help resurface the skin which helps build collagen and reduce acne scars.
Intralesional Acne Injections
Intralesional injections of corticosteroid are commonly referred to as “cortisone injections”. These cortisone injections help reduce the size of large, inflamed acne pimple. Using a very small needle, the doctor injects a small dose directly into the inflamed pimple which will flatten it out over a few hours. Acne injections are the “emergency treatment” for giant zits.
Should you see a Skin Care Specialist for Acne Surgery on a regular basis?
Yes, especially if you are prone to picking at or popping your own acne. Opening up your own pimples is unlikely to clear out all the contents and can lead to more serious breakouts. This can result in permanent scars that are difficult to treat. A session with a Skin Care Professional will often include other treatments such a chemical peel or photofacial. They will also be able to direct you to medical grade skin care products that are customized to your specific skin type for maximum benefit.
How much does Acne Surgery cost?
An acne treatment session can start as low as $150 for medical extractions. The cost of Acne Surgery can vary depending on what treatments are performed. Packages are available for a series of treatment and even better results. Please contact our office now to schedule a complimentary skin care analysis with Nia, our Skin Care Professional and your Acne Treatment Session.