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Acne And Rosacea Getting You Down? Laser, Light And Cosmetic Treatments Give Patients A Much-Needed Boost
Date:2/3/2008

patients with minimal improvement, many experienced significant side effects, including post-inflammatory darkening or lightening of the skin, redness and even worsening of scars. Dr. Kim shared her experience with a new technique known as fractional photothermolysis, in which various lasers are used to produce small injuries to the skin that, in turn, repair the skin by creating new collagen during the wound healing process. This treatment, which is gentler than the invasive procedures, does not produce any visible wounds, and the downtime required is minimal -- in most cases a few days for the slight redness and flaking to subside.

While fractional photothermolysis is very effective in treating superficial acne scars, long-lasting fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, can be used in conjunction with this therapy for plumping up deeper, depressed acne scars. Generally, hyaluronic acid fillers last between six to 12 months, depending on the area of injection. For example, areas around the mouth or jaw where there is a lot of facial movement tend to break down the fillers faster than areas with less movement, such as the forehead.

"These acne scar treatments produce good results and dermatologists can use them in combination to target subtle differences, which is more effective than one treatment alone," explained Dr. Kim. "We're also finding that these acne scar therapies are safe when used on all skin types, including ethnic skin patients -- a harder population to treat due to resulting pigmentation problems that can occur."

Rosacea

Although dermatologists often consider medical or topical treatments first to treat the symptoms of rosacea, some patients are becoming increasingly concerned about taking these long-term medications and are turning to laser and light therapies that generally do not cause any systemic side effects.

One type of laser that has been used for many years to treat the redness and visible blood vessels that occu
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