Photodynamic Therapy Acne Treatment

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Avalon Laser in San Diego and Carlsbad is proud to offer the advanced and extremely effective Levulan-IPL Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment for patients who suffer from moderate to severe and persistent acne. This latest treatment combines topical acne medication Levulan and IPL technology for best results that are evident right away. Our San Diego acne treatment patients who undergo this procedure experience immediate relief from pesky and unsightly acne.

To learn more about Levulan-IPL Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment, please read the paragraphs below. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to consult one of our helpful team members by calling 800-896-1138. Your initial consultation at our offices is free.

Why Consider Advanced IPL Photodynamic Therapy Acne Treatment?

The Levulan IPL Photodynamic Therapy acne treatment (PDT) combines very powerful skin medication that kills acne causing bacteria. Applying IPL (intense pulsed light) over the medication makes the treatment respond better and much quicker, making this acne treatment the best option for patients who suffer from acne and even age spots, sun spots and scarring. The PDT therapy can be applied to any area of the body, including the face, neck, hands and chest.

Our acne treatment and cosmetic dermatology patients consider this treatment for the following reasons:

  • Effective results
  • Minimal downtime
  • Removal of acne causing bacteria
  • Shrinkage of overactive oil glands
  • Removal of damaged skin cells and discolorations
  • Remedies sun spots, age spots and even acne scars

How Does Levulan-IPL PDT Therapy Work?

During this treatment, the face or the treatment area is first cleaned well with an anti-bacterial cleanser. Next, our cosmetic dermatology team applies the topical Levulan medication to the area. The patient then lies down for their IPL or photofacial treatment.

The IPL pulsed light is then applied over the medication, activating it for even better results. The IPL system delivers pulses to the skin that results in skin rejuvenation while the medicine acts to kill all bacteria, smoothing out and treating a variety of skin irregularities, particularly acne.

During the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort. When the IPL is applied to the treatment area, it usually feels like a rubber band is gently being snapped against the skin. For maximum comfort, we offer topical numbing solution, however, most patients are able to tolerate the treatment very well.

Recovery and Aftercare

Levulan-IPL Photodynamic Therapy is very safe. It only penetrates specific bacteria and damaged skin cells. After treatment, patients will experience redness and some peeling for about three to 14 days. However, most patients recover fully within one week. any redness can be easily covered with make up.

It is important to note that the first week after treatment is very crucial. Skin should be well taken care of and exposure to sun should be avoided. If you do have to go out in the sun, very strong sunscreen along with a hat is recommended. The skin needs time to heal and rejuvenate completely. This is a life-changing treatment for patients who suffer from a range of skin irregularities. Our doctor and cosmetic dermatology team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions.

This therapy can be performed once for patients with mild acne. However, patients who suffer from moderate to severe acne may require more than one treatment session. In general, our San Diego acne treatment patients undergo this procedure for one to two hours once a month. A total of four to eight treatments within four to six months. After examining your skin, our doctor will determine how many treatment sessions you will need for best results.

Is IPL Treatment with Levulan Right for Me?

This procedure is very advanced, however, there are some limitation on who is a good candidate. In general, individuals with dark or sensitive skin may not qualify. Likewise, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may want to wait to undergo this procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Tirgari will talk to you about your concerns and examine your skin characteristics as well as medical history to determine if this is the best option for you. If you are deemed not a candidate, we offer a range of other effective treatments at our cosmetic dermatology San Diego and Carlsbad practice.

We are certain we can find a solution for you. If you are a good candidate, the procedure will be explained to you and a custom treatment plan will be drafted by our doctor, after which we will be ready to schedule your procedure. The best way to learn more is to contact us today using the form on this page or by calling 800-896-1138 to schedule a complimentary skin care consultation.