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ACNE TREATMENT ALBUQUERQUE NM

ACNE LASER TREATMENT ALBUQUERQUE NM

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See our FAQ below. Contact Us with any other questions.

There are several options to treat acne. Our favorite acne treatment is a combined option of RF Microneedling coupled with a topical and oral medication regime. RF Microneedling can reduce acne for up to 6 months post-treatment. 

Acne scarring can be treated with RF microneedling and CO2 laser resurfacing.  See our RF Microneedling page and our CO2 laser page.  Both procedures offer significant results over time, and more than one treatment is needed to achieve optimum results.

Laser resurfacing is done by a Nurse Practitioner or Cosmetic Facial Surgeon. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll not have to stay overnight.

The doctor may treat wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead individually or treat your entire face. The doctor will numb the areas to be treated with a local anesthetic and may also sedate you for small areas. You may require general anesthesia if your whole face is being treated.

Swelling after laser skin resurfacing is normal. Your doctor may prescribe steroids to manage swelling around your eyes. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night can also ease swelling.

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ACNE LASER TREATMENT SKIN RESURFACING

Ablative laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses a wand-like laser instrument to remove the upper layers of skin from acne scarring. Also called “laser peeling,” it removes old skin cells to reveal newer, more youthful cells.

If aging, acne, or too much time in the sun has left your face with blotches, scars, wrinkles, or lines, laser skin resurfacing may help your skin look younger and healthier.

Laser skin resurfacing removes skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger-looking surface. The procedure is done alone or with other cosmetic surgeries on the face.

Treating just parts of the face takes about 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours.

See our FAQ below. Contact Us with any other questions.

ACNE TREATMENT
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ACNE TREATMENT
FAQ

Minimal Discomfort, specifically with non-ablative laser treatment, does not remove any skin layer. No or Very Little Downtime, with minimal reactions such as; swelling, redness, and warm sensation to the skin, though subside within a couple of hours.

Studies show that lasers and other light treatments can reduce acne. Rarely can these treatments alone clear acne. Your dermatologist may recommend using another acne laser treatment, such as medicine that you apply to your skin, to give you the best results.

Laser acne laser treatment can help with some kinds of pigmentation changes caused by acne. The effects should last for a long time, but they aren’t always permanent. The discoloration can sometimes return after many months.

Within 7 to 10 days, you’ll start to see how well the treatment worked to reduce the appearance of acne scars. The results of this treatment are permanent.

  • Redness and irritation. Laser hair removal damages the follicles of the targeted hairs
  • Crusting. Some people may experience skin crusting in the affected area
  • Changes in skin color. Some people may notice minor color changes to the treated area of skin
  • Eye injury
  • Risk of skin infection

Depending on the severity of your skin condition, you may need to undergo about one to three sessions. These Acne Laser Treatments can be done at four to six-weekly intervals.

After your laser hair removal sessions, acne may appear in the treatment area. This side effect happens when pores get clogged. Since the heat of the laser opens up your pores, your skin will be sensitive to these very tiny infections.

  • Blue Light / Red Light Treatments for Acne. Blue Light and Red Light therapies are FDA approved treatments that can help where some other types of acne laser treatments may not quite deliver the desired results.
  • Isolaz Treatment for Acne
  • Photodynamic Treatment for Acne

The best lasers for the treatment of acne scars are fractionated resurfacing lasers. The fractional CO2 laser therapy is the most aggressive laser acne scar treatment available today and produces excellent results in one treatment.

You will start to see the results of your treatment as soon as your skin finishes healing from the laser resurfacing treatment. This means it may take two to three weeks to see any significant treatment results for most people.

The actual laser treatment itself takes around 30 minutes. During this time, you will be wearing eye patches or glasses to protect your eyes. While nothing touches the skin, the laser light that hits the skin surface feels a little “zappy” but is not painful.

During the first few days after laser treatment, your surgeon might recommend washing your facial skin with saline or with a very dilute vinegar solution. If you usually use a cleanser with acids or other harsh ingredients, you’ll want to hold off on using it until you get the “go ahead” from your doctor.

Laser skin resurfacing would most likely be a better option if you struggle with issues like extensive scarring or severe discoloration. Those with darker skin tones are generally considered better candidates for microdermabrasion because laser therapy can cause hyperpigmentation.

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    5 star review  I recently relocated from CA. I was nervous to find a new place for lip fillers after going to the same person for several years. Tonya was absolutely amazing! She is extremely knowledgeable and instantly made me feel comfortable. Tonya exceeded my expectations. I’ve received so many compliments from friends and family. The entire staff were friendly and professional. I will definitely become a loyal client. Thank you Tonya and team!!!

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ACNE LASER TREATMENT
PROCEDURE PREP

Before your treatment session, our physician will discuss what to expect during your treatment. However, it is helpful to remember that there are a few things to take into consideration before your session:

  • At least three to four days before your procedure, discontinue anti-inflammatory medications.
  • One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue any blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins.
  • One to two weeks before your procedure, discontinue systematic steroids
  • At least one month before your procedure, stop steroid injections
  • On the day of your procedure, eat a full, healthy breakfast and be sure to drink plenty of water
  • Please be advised that if you take chronic oral steroids, a discontinuation plan will need to be discussed with your primary care provider as abrupt stoppage may cause side effects.

ACNE LASER TREATMENT
AFTERCARE

After your treatment session, we recommend that all patients rest on the day of their procedure. We advise limited use of the treatment area for the next two days, but the movement is encouraged. Limited use helps the joint recover as the treatment is absorbed by the area’s surrounding tissues.

0 – 3 days post-procedure guidelines

  • After your treatment, there is a chance you’ll experience some mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. Discomfort is normal, and it is a sign that your body is healing as it adjusts to the treatment.
  • It is best to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help promote healing.
  • You mustn’t take ANY medications following your procedure unless specifically directed otherwise by a physician. NO medicine is a must because any drug can affect the healing process or other adverse effects.

Therefore, discontinue use of any of these medications post-procedure for best results:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications for at least two weeks post-procedure
  • Blood-thinning herbs, supplements, or vitamins for 3-4 days post-procedure
  • Systematic steroids for two weeks post-procedure
  • Other important guidelines to follow after your procedure are:
  • Avoid applying ice or heat to the injection site for the first 72 hours post-procedure
  • Don’t take a hot bath or go to a sauna for the first few days post-procedure
  • Avoid consumption of any alcoholic beverages for the first week post-procedure
  • Avoid showering for the first 24 hours following your procedure
  • Limit caffeine consumption for the first week post-procedure
  • Avoid smoking

3 – 14 days post-procedure guidelines

  • At this point in your healing, you should gradually increase your daily activities.
  • 3 to 14 days is also when you can begin exercises. Proper exercise is a vital part of long-term results, and we can help you determine which exercises are best suited for your needs before your procedure.
  • Ice can be applied 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes as needed for comfort
  • Anti-inflammatory medications (such as Tylenol) can be taken to help manage any residual pain at this time, take as directed
  • Continue to avoid alcoholic beverages, smoking, or excessive amounts of caffeine

3 – 4 weeks post-procedure guidelines

  • We highly encourage you to begin physical therapy to aid in your long-term healing and continued recovery at this point in your healing.
  • A follow-up appointment will be made for you to meet with our physician to review your healing process. You must keep this follow-up visit even if your recovery is going well.
  • If there are any adjustments to your customized treatment plan, this is when our physician will be able to make those decisions.

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Registered Nurse Practitioner Tonya Tuggle is Albuquerque’s choice for those who want to keep their youthful appearance and healthy glow. Tonya is passionate about educating patients on preventative skin care and providing non-surgical maintenance for graceful aging. We can’t wait to meet you!

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