Medical Treatments & Procedures
Acne is one of the most prevalent, hated and heartbreaking skin diseases, affecting more than one out of every six people on average. Over $1 billion is spent annually in the United States alone on anti-acne medications and treatments. Traditional treatments include topical medications and oral antibiotics. The topical treatments are typically used to open the blocked pores, thereby preventing new bumps from developing. Antibiotics are prescribed to kill the bacteria, though resistance and concern about long term use can be a worry to some patients.
Serious acne is a tough problem. A medication that clears acne for one person might not work for another. A treatment that worked for you yesterday may stop working tomorrow. Despite what you may see in TV infomercials, there is no silver bullet. The most effective weapon in the fight against acne is a combination of treatments.
Listed in this section are acne treatments ranging from medications and antibiotics to light treatment, peels, microdermabrasion and cryogenic slush. Each has advantages, each can be effective, some can be more effective when used in combination with others.
An effective treatment plan comes from experience, consultation and paying attention. There is so much we can do to treat acne today, even serious cases can have new hope. The main thing is, we have options.
When it comes to personal appearance and health, light is definitely a two-edged sword. Every man, woman and child should know that exposing your skin to direct sunlight or tanning beds can cause cancer and make your skin look older, faster.
On the other hand, everybody should also know that the correct kind of light, in just the right amount, can provide relief for a long list of skin conditions and diseases. It’s called “phototherapy.” For some patients, phototherapy is the first effective treatment, ever.*
One of the most exciting new developments in the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis is targeted excimer laser phototherapy. Finally, psoriasis sufferers can enjoy long lasting, effective relief from the painful, disfiguring symptoms of psoriasis in just a few short treatments. With the revolutionary XTRAC excimer laser system, psoriasis sufferers can feel good about themselves again, without worrying about lengthy time commitments or harmful side effects. Just a few minutes with XTRAC could change their life.*
Eskata treatments for SK lesions
What are those spots on my face (or many other parts of the body)? If they are SKs, they are harmless–but your dermatologist is the one who should make that diagnosis. SKs are non-cancerous growths. The spots can be flat or raised with a color that is normal skin tone or darker. SKs can have a velvety, shiny, or wart-like texture and grow thicker. Over time, they may get bigger and more may show up. Eskata is the first and only FDA-approved topical treatment that targets these unsightly spots.
Narrowband Ultraviolet B (UVB) light provides a maximum dose of a light using a small slice of the ultraviolet spectrum. That slice is the most beneficial component of natural sunlight for the treatment of many skin diseases while minimizing its potential side effects.
NB-UVB does not have some of the side effects associated with UVA or broadband ultraviolet devices. The devices we use create the correct UVB without unwanted, damaging rays.
The length of each treatment and the frequency of treatments are different for each patient. A common therapy might require three treatments a week for six weeks, followed by maintenance treatments once or twice a week.*
Finally, an acne treatment that works, quickly and comfortably. The Omnilux technology produces an enhanced, narrow-band blue wavelength of light. That specific band of light converts some pigments (porphyrins) produced by the acne bacteria into a toxic compound that actually destroys the bacteria. Patients are exposed to the therapeutic light system for 15 minutes, twice a week. A typical course of treatment lasts four weeks, with visible improvement by the end of the treatment period. The treatment leaves no scars and has no side effects. In fact, our patients say the treatments are relaxing.
Following an initial examination, we can start Omnilux treatments right away, sometimes immediately following your exam. We believe this is a significant advancement in the treatment of inflammatory acne. Now, there is no reason to live with the infection, embarrassment and potential scarring of serious acne. Call us for an appointment and we will be happy to give you all the details about this brilliant, new treatment.*
PUVA is a phototherapy that uses a type of medication called Psoralen (P) in combination with exposure to Ultraviolet A (UVA). Psoralens are compounds that are naturally found in many plants. Psoralens have the unique ability to make skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. In fact, ancient Egyptians used psoralens for treating skin diseases thousands of years ago.
PUVA is a powerful treatment, not without some possible side effects. However, for treatment of advanced cases of psoriasis, eczema and morphea, PUVA can produce results that other therapies simply cannot.*