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IPL+RF Acne Treatment

How does the IPL + RF acne treatment work?
The IPL uses a specific spectrum of light that targets the bacteria that actually causes acne.  When this bacteria proliferates in clogged pores it can cause bumpy and inflamed acne lesions.  The  AC laser combines light and gentle radiofrequency energies to decrease proliferation of acne causing bacteria, and may also affect the sebaceous gland from overproduction of oil and promote healing of the skin after acne breakouts.

Is the treatment  safe?
Treatment is very safe for all skin tones, even very dark skin.  There are many advances in the laser technology that make it one of the safest acne treatment systems available.  There are no long-term health hazards from light or radiofrequency energies used in the Aurora.  Both have been used for decades in medicine, surgery, and aesthetics without adversity.

What kind of results can I expect from the treatment?
Over a series of treatments , most patients notice a faster healing time of existing acne lesions.  Frequency and severity of acne lesions should subside as the treatments go on.  As well, ongoing treatment can help to prevent acne breakouts and promote skin healing after acne breakouts, by evening out skin tone and texture.

How frequently do I need treatments?
Treatments are done twice a week for four – six weeks.  Each treatment session takes approximately 15 minutes.  After the initial series of treatments, your clinician may prescribe additional treatments spread out over a longer interval time to fine tune your therapy and help maintain the results.

Does the treatment hurt?
The sensation is often described as a “hot pinch,” or “snapping” feeling.  The sensation only lasts for a fraction of a second, and you may feel warmth or a tingling sensation for a short time afterward.  The cooling tip that touches the skin surface makes the treatment both comfortable and safe.  Most patients do not use topical anesthetic to numb the skin for this procedure.

What happens after each treatment?
Temporary pinkness in the skin lasts a very short time, and most people return to work or normal activities immediately after treatment.  Every patient responds differently, but most patients report that they notice improvement as early as three weeks into the treatment series.

Who should get  treatment for acne?
Anyone who wants an alternative to traditional topical or oral therapies for acne, or who have not responded to traditional acne solutions.  Acne on the face, chest, and back are all treatable.  There are a few medical conditions that contraindicate people from treatment, which will be discussed with Dr. Geraldine Jain during consultation.