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Doctor insights on: Acne Laser Treatment Before And After

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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Is microdermabrasion or laser better for acne and blackhead removal?

Is microdermabrasion or laser better for acne and blackhead removal?

Neither: Acne and blackheads are usually best treated by topical medications or chemical peels. Blackheads can be extracted in a controlled environment while getting a peel or microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Is it better to do a glycolic acid peel or microdermabrasion after waiting 7 months after finishing accutane? its for skin tone and some red scars

Is it better to do a glycolic acid peel or microdermabrasion after waiting 7 months after finishing accutane? its for skin tone and some red scars

Either : Both are superficial skin treatments and accutane will not effect your healing. Do not do a deep peel or other skin resurfacing for at least a year after accutane. ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic minocycline permanently cure your acne after a three month course?

Can the antibiotic minocycline permanently cure your acne after a three month course?

No: Antibiotics help reduce the number of bacteria in the glands that cause acne but they do not eliminate the bacteria entirely and when you stop it goes back to what it was unless you are past that acne stage. For some this is in the late teenage years but some people have troublesome acne through much of their adult life. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do microdermabrasion or a chemical peel after waiting six months after finishing Accutane ?

Is it safe to do microdermabrasion or a chemical peel after waiting six months after finishing Accutane ?

Typically yes: Studies show that once accutane is completely out of your system, skin treatments can be restarted. ...Read more

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How does laser hair removal for full body and face work? How many sessions before permanent generally? Risks? Will laser fade scar marks too?

How does laser hair removal for full body and face work? How many sessions before permanent generally? Risks? Will laser fade scar marks too?

Laser hair removal: It works by heating and destroying the follicular unit of the individual hairs thereby inhibiting future hair growth and can work for hairs anywhere on the body. The number of sessions depends on your skin and hair color, and the location and density of hair. On average, 3-5 sessions (~4-6 weeks apart), will result in 50-80% reduction in hair growth. ...Read more

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For how long should i abstain from taking photo-sensitive medication AFTER a laser hair removal session?

Should be to resume: After your hair removal treatment it should be fine to resume. However, if your next treatment is in a few weeks you may have to stop the medications again prior to the treatment. ...Read more

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Acne scarring after comedonal spots. Just red marks, not pitted type scars. One session of IPL, only about half gone. go for another treatment or what?

Acne scarring after comedonal spots. Just red marks, not pitted type scars. One session of IPL, only about half gone. go for another treatment or what?

Multiple IPL 4 Acne: Multiple IPL's or BBL's (Sciton Laser) usually needed for best results for acne scarring. The benefit is little downtime if at all, vs deeper C02 lasers that may require one treatment but long recovery. ...Read more

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When can you have laser done after Accutane course?

When can you have laser done after Accutane course?

At least 6 mo: The use of acetone makes your skin very sensitive to ALL lasers. I make my patients wait at least 6 months preferably a year after taking the last dose. If you don't wait the risk of getting a burn , scar and other adverse reactions is much greater ...Read more

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I used IPL hair removal for 3months and willing to do laser to get better results, will the IPL treatment I had will make Laser results appear faster?

I used IPL hair removal for 3months and willing to do laser to get better results, will the IPL treatment I had will make Laser results appear faster?

Probably: Hello and thank you for your excellent question. A lot of this depends on specifically what type of laser treatment you are seeking. IPL is good for some types of hair removal, and for treating hyperpigmentation. Depending on the laser treatment, the IPL may improve your ultimate result. We often combine IPL with a resurfacing laser, such as a fractional CO2 laser. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to do microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel six months after finishing Absorica (accutane) ?

Is it safe to do microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel six months after finishing Absorica (accutane) ?

Six months is enough: It is typically safe to get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion six months or more after you have finished a course of Accutane. It is safest to consult with cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist, as your skin type and amount of correction you need, play a role in the best treatment for you. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use laser resurfacing for acne after you have been on roacutane ( oral pills )?

Is it okay to use laser resurfacing for acne after you have been on roacutane ( oral pills )?

Depends: It depends on how long ago you were on the meds, how high the dosage was, and if you need laser resurfacing. Your doctor can evaluate that during a consult prior to booking the procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more