Blue Light for Acne
Acne is the inflammation or infection of the skin’s oil glands that lie just below the surface. It is a skin condition that affects almost 85 percent of the population, but at varying degrees. While it is common in teenagers because the body is learning to adjust its hormone levels, over 20 percent of adults are affected by acne as well.
Exposure to a special blue light is a therapy that destroys the overload of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) bacteria in the skin and decreases inflammation. It also prevents future outbreaks by stopping sebaceous glands (glands that produce oil substance called sebum) from overproducing oil. Acne appears when sebum becomes stuck inside the skin’s hair follicles and P. acnes bacteria begins to grow and flourish, creating redness and irritation. The eventual accumulation of bacteria can lead to ruptured follicles resulting in inflammation and pain. Dr. Rokhsar uses he Blue Light because of its effectiveness to penetrate deep within those blocked follicles and removes the acne-cause bacteria before they rupture the skin. The non-UV light interacts with the bacteria to cause it to self-destruct. It simultaneously treats existing blemishes that have already reached the surface of the skin and eliminates P. acnes bacteria before new breakouts can form. It has proven to clear affected areas up to 70 percent in two weeks.
Blue Light treatments are usually repeated twice a week for about three months. The treatment is about thirty minutes long. Some patients are so relaxed they even fall asleep. After as few as two to four treatments, you will notice decreased severity of acne as well as less breakouts.
The V-Beam is an effective laser treatment for unsightly veins and skin blemishes such as facial veins, scars, birthmarks, rosacea and certain red bumps. The V-Beam provides a laser option that destroys the unwanted face condition with brief, but intense gentle burst of light. Treatment is immediately noticeable and leaves virtually no recovery time for the patient to deal with.
Burn scars are arguably the most difficult type of scars to treat. Burns are categorized into first, second or third degrees. First-degree burns affect the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin and results in swelling pain and redness, however it is considered minor and typically heals in less than a week. Second-degree burns are similarly recognized by swelling or redness but can also produce blisters and skin around the burn tends to turn white. This burn is intensely painful because it not only affects the epidermis, but the second layer of skin underneath that, called the dermis. Glands and hair follicles may be affected depending on how deep into the dermis the burn goes and healing can take up to several weeks. Third-degree burns severely affect all layers of the skin and are often accompanied with permanent tissue and nerve damage. Burnt skin can look white, black, or brown and will leave extensive scarring.
It is important to note that not all burns are caused by flames, and can include steam, water, heat, electrical, radiation or frictional burns.
Burn scarring is a result of the protein collagen build up that is used to repair damaged tissue. If damage is severe enough a skin graft may be performed, which is removing skin from one area and replacing the damaged skin.
Dr. Rokhsar will use Fraxel Re:pair laser system to treat tissue within the dermis. This will be used to treat second or third-degree scarring. This carbon dioxide laser beam tightens skin and alters weakened collagen found in the dermis. The laser uses fractional repair technology to repair skin in deep microscopic zones. Fraxel Re:store is similar, but uses a refreshing and remodeling of the collagen and elastin, ultimately resurfacing skin from the inside out. Dr. Rokhsar was not only involved in the development of the Fraxel laser, but has also trained more doctors in Fraxel and fractional laser treatments than any other doctor in the world.
Recent studies have reinforced the effectiveness and success of fractional laser repair. They are increasingly being used to treat scarred war veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and have shown such success that the U.S. Army has purchased Fraxel lasers to treat soldiers. The Fraxel laser systems are helping veterans cosmetically treat their physical scarring, allowing for mental scarring to begin healing.