What You Need To Know About Acne & Acne Treatments
Acne is a skin condition that results from the overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands. While sebum is required to lubricate the skin, it can cause blockages in the oil ducts and give rise to pimples. Hormonal changes also cause the obstruction of sebaceous glands in the skin. The damage that occurs in and around the pilosebaceous unit during an outbreak of acne often causes scarring.
Before you decide to move forward with an acne or acne scar treatment, we highly recommend booking a complimentary consultation with one of our highly trained Medical Aestheticians. Depending on your individual needs and the condition of your skin, we may recommend either IPL™ (intense pulsed light) treatments, PIXEL® laser treatments, or a combination of both.
Furthermore, in severe cases of acne or acne scarring, we offer PRP treatments to restore and rejuvenate the skin, while stimulating collagen production and smoothing out scar tissue.
During a consultation, our Medical Aesthetician will offer you a skin analysis to determine the most appropriate course of action for you.
Commonly known as photo rejuvenation treatments kill off the Acne P Virus quickly and effectively. IPL™ treatments are also effective at treating a variety of other skin conditions such as Rosacea, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage. IPL™ technology emits short bursts of a powerful, polychromatic light that penetrate below the surface of the skin in order to target melanin or blood vessels, depending on the type of treatment. The light destroys the melanin or blood vessels and thus destroys things like age spots, spider veins, and acne symptoms. IPL™ can also stimulate collagen production and therefore rejuvenate skin
The fastest way to deal with scars and hyperpigmentation left behind when acne heals, but can also be beneficial for inflammatory acne. PIXEL® technology is the Gold Standard in scar removal. PIXEL® treatments are used to resurface the skin and remove any damaged skin cells. Fractional, non-ablative resurfacing treatments are the safest, most effective approach to improving skin complexion and removing acne scars on any area of the body. The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of the skin condition.
PRP Treatments for Acne & Acne Scars
This procedure is beneficial for individuals who are looking to treat a wide variety of skin conditions such as acne and acne scarring. A PRP treatment entails our Nurse Practitioner taking one vial of blood from you during your appointment, and placing the vial in a centrifuge so that it can undergo a spin process. We use a double-spin centrifugal process that takes approximately 20 minutes, so that your white blood cells will separate from the plasma. The result is that when the vial emerges from the centrifuge, it appears to be a clear, gold liquid. Our Nurse will then re-inject your white blood cells and plasma into the area that you are having treated.
The plasma will aid in directing your white blood cells to the affected area, and your white blood cells (healing agents) will then begin the healing process. The platelets contain growth factors that promote healing of damaged or aging skin, by way of triggering surrounding cells to proliferate and repair any damages.
During Light & Laser Treatments
During a PIXEL® or an IPL™ treatment you must wear protective eye wear to prevent damage caused to your eyes. Your Medical Aesthetician will apply a clear gel solution to your skin to protect it and she will adjust the laser to the correct levels for your treatment. It is common for clients to experience a sensation similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin. If you are experiencing discomfort, it is important for you to communicate this with your Medical Aesthetician so that she can adjust the levels of the machine according to your needs.
In some cases redness and irritation (much like a sunburn) may occur after a PIXEL® treatment. There is also a risk of pigment change following treatment. A small minority of patients develop bruising and blistering. This settles within a few days. We recommend booking a complimentary follow-up consultation to discuss your results.
After PRP treatments, you can expect to experience some redness, swelling, or pin prick-like marks on your skin where you’ve received your PRP treatment. Some clients see the results they’re hoping for in just one treatment, while others need multiple treatments.
Acne results after one treatment. Results may vary.*
Are PIXEL® & IPL™ treatments safe?
PIXEL® and IPL™ treatments have been performed in Canada for 20 years safely by trained Medical Aestheticians. All treatments performed at LightTouch Med Spa have been approved by Health Canada
How do I know which treatment is most appropriate for me?
During a free consultation, one of our trained Medical Aestheticians will provide a free skin analysis to determine which treatment would be most appropriate for your skin type and level of skin health.
Are these treatments painful?
This question is difficult to provide an exact answer to, as everyone has a different pain tolerance level. For the most part, intense pulsed light treatments are virtually painless. While PIXEL® treatments often feel like a rubber band is being snapped against the skin. On the whole both treatments are very tolerable.
PRP treatments are injection treatments that feel similar to a simple flu shot. Our Nurse Practitioners use Cannula needles to minimize discomfort and swelling.
Will I see results right away?
Everyone has a unique skin type and level of skin health and will experience results differently. With that being said it is more likely that you will see results after one treatment. Depending on the condition of your skin, you may need a series of treatments to see full results.
With PRP facials, also known as Vampire facials, you can expect to experience swelling and redness of the injection sites temporarily. This should last no longer than a few days.
Who will be treating me?
At LightTouch Med Spa, all advanced skincare laser treatments are performed by our trained Medical Aestheticians. All injection treatments such as PRP treatments are performed by our Nurse Injectors.
Can I have my treatment on the same day as my consultation?
Yes! You can receive your treatment on the same day as your complimentary consultation. We do recommend booking enough time for both a consultation and a treatment when booking your appointment, in the case that you do decide to move forward with acne or scar treatments.
How much do acne & acne scar treatments cost?
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your age, skin type, the severity of your acne and scarring, and whether you choose laser or injection treatments. Every individual has unique needs. Furthermore, everyone has different skin health and will require a varied number of treatments, which will cause the cost to fluctuate. We recommend booking a free consultation with a Medical Aesthetician to determine the cost of your treatment.
Are there contraindications for acne treatments?
- Recent sun exposure and/or sun burn
- If you plan to be in direct sun after treatment, highly recommend waiting until a time when you will not be exposed to the sun
- If you have the Herpes Virus PIXEL® & IPL™ treatments can cause flare-up
- Open lesions
- Skin cancer
- Keloid formation
It is important that you fill out our health history and consent forms in full detail and discuss any health conditions, medications or treatments that you are having or have had near to the time of your treatment to ensure your safety and well being. These treatments may not be suitable for everyone. Please discuss whether IPL™ and PIXEL® treatments are suitable for you with our Medical Spa Director.
Are there risks associated with IPL™ & PIXEL® treatments?
Risks associated with PIXEL® treatments are:
- Redness that can last for several hours to several weeks
- Itching and discomfort
- In rare cases infection can occur
- Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation
- Scabs or in rare cases scarring (associated with PIXEL®)
Why LightTouch Med Spa
It is important to work with a highly trained Medical Aesthetician when considering advanced skincare treatments, and all of our Medical Aestheticians undergo extensive training and continuing education. Transparency is something that we offer at LightTouch Med Spa. We understand that you are putting trust in us, and that is why we offer the utmost care when treating you. During a consultation, we encourage you to ask our Medical Aestheticians all the questions that you need to in order to gain a firm understanding of the treatment you are about to receive. We also provide before and aftercare forms that should be read upon arrival and receiving treatments. We here are for you before, during, and after your treatment. We encourage follow-up visits to ensure your satisfaction.
Book A Consultation To Find Out About Pricing
Together, you and one of our Medical Aestheticians will determine the most appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve your skincare and beauty goals. Book a free consultation to discuss acne & acne scar treatments at any of our five locations today. We are located in Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, and Waterloo.