SmoothBeam Laser Treatment for Acne
Article by Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
A breakthrough in acne treatment, SmoothBeam Laser treatment can clear acne and keep it from returning with just four (4) monthly treatments! (Occasionally one or two more treatments may be needed.)
Scientific studies showed up to 98% clearing of acne lesions after four treatments, done once per month. As of two years following the study, most of these patients had remained free of significant acne.
SmoothBeam is a diode laser that targets the sebaceous glands in the upper part of the dermal layer of the skin. These glands are the source of bacterial growth, oiliness, and inflammation in the skin. These factors combine to produce pimples, pustules, blackheads, and cysts. By permanently shrinking these glands, acne can be cured. We expect this will replace years of antibiotic treatment or Accutane for many of our patients. SmoothBeam also stimulates collagen production, improving many acne scars. After your treatment, you can return to work or school immediately. There is no down time.
Risks are extremely rare (less than 1%) and include temporary darkening of skin. Reactions include discomfort during treatment and redness (usually lasting less than 1-2 days after each treatment.) It is important to avoid suntanning for six weeks after your treatment and use sunscreens daily. For your comfort, a topical anesthetic ointment should be applied one hour before your treatment. This is available in our office free of charge if you pre-pay for a series of 4 treatments (mini-treatments excluded.)