Active Acne and Acne Scar Treatments
Acne can be one of the most challenging and frustrating skin concerns faced by adolescents and adults. At Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we provide state-of-the-art light and laser-based skin treatments that can effectively reduce active acne and prevent future acne breakouts. In addition to these treatments, we also offer several different skin resurfacing lasers capable of diminishing the prominence of acne scarring. During a skin consultation with Dr. Jeffrey A. Hunt, he can evaluate your active acne and/or acne scars to determine which approach can deliver optimal skin improvement.
If you have active acne or acne scars, we encourage you to contact Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay to schedule an appointment to learn more about innovative treatments that can transform your skin.
Active Acne Treatments
The many causes and types of acne breakouts have traditionally made clearing up active acne and preventing the formation of new acne a complex issue. Hormonal fluctuations, skin inflammation, genetics, oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria can all contribute to acne; however, few treatments of the past have been able to provide a comprehensive solution. Fortunately, advancements in laser and light-based technology have provided us with effective new tools for fighting acne. Both of the options we offer can achieve significant, long-term reduction of acne as well as treat and prevent active acne breakouts.
Fotona® Nd:YAG Laser
The Fotona® Nd:YAG Laser can provide comprehensive acne treatment that offers short and long-term improvement of the skin’s appearance. The thermal energy produced by the laser is absorbed through the skin and can accomplish several objectives:
- Destruction of overactive oil (sebaceous) glands to reduce oil production and prevent future breakouts.
- Reduction in skin inflammation.
- Acceleration of skin healing.
- Stimulation of new collagen production within the skin.
In Dr. Hunt’s experience, the Fotona® Nd:YAG Laser delivers consistent and predictable results for patients with acne. Each treatment is customized to suit the unique needs of the patient, and in some cases, he recommends a series of treatments to achieve the most comprehensive degree of improvement.
Blu-U® Therapy with Levulan® Kerastick®
This type of acne therapy combines blue light photodynamic therapy, Blu-U®, with a photosensitizing topical medication, Levulan® Kerastick®, to kill acne-causing bacteria and disable overactive oil glands. Following treatment, the skin tissues should rejuvenate to reveal fresh new skin with more refined pores and reduced oil production. Treatments repeated at three to four week intervals can generally help achieve the greatest level of improvement in active acne reduction and prevent future acne breakouts.
Resurfacing for Acne Scars
Innovative skin resurfacing technologies have given us the ability to successfully treat mild to severe acne scarring. The goal of acne scar treatment with resurfacing technology is to achieve improvements in skin texture, tone, and coloration by removing superficial skin layers and stimulating powerful regenerative properties of the skin. At Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, we offer several different treatment options for improving the appearance of acne scars:
- Fotona® Er:YAG
- CO2 Fractional Lasers
- Pixel® RF
Dr. Hunt selects the type of laser, depth, and frequency of treatment based on the nature of the acne scars being addressed, as well as the patient’s goals.
If you are struggling with acne or acne scars and would like to learn more about the effective treatments we offer at Vein & Cosmetic Center of Tampa Bay, please contact our office to schedule an appointment to explore your options.