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Acne and Acne Scarring Top List of Skin Concerns

It may or may not come as a surprise but, the most common skincare concern for aesthetic patients continues to be acne and the side effects of acne including hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, and pitting acne outbreaks leave behind. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 50 million Americans are affected by acne annually. Acne is also increasingly affecting adults, especially women. In fact, over 15% of women are affected by adult acne.  Furthermore, mask wearing isn’t helping as oily, combination and even dry skin covered all day has led to the emergence of “maskne”.

Controlling acne and reducing acne scarring is top of mind for patients, so let’s look at lasers for acne scarring and machines that reduce acne scars.

Here are the top treatments that we recommend for managing the side effects of acne:

  1. RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling has been in high demand for its effects in improving overall skin tone, elasticity, and texture. Now advancements in RF Microneedling have made it easier than ever to address patient concerns like acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and more. The VirtueRF is the first RF Microneedling platform device and is offering providers and patients an advanced solution based on features providers have been asking for. Built with the ability to use both 1 and 2 MHz of RF energy, Dr. Leslie Apgar, founder of Pura Vida Med Spa, recommends the VirtueRF to all her patients, but has found the most success with patients who have concerns of acne scarring.

“My acne scarring patients are the most emotionally motivated and so they are prepared for aggressive treatments right out of the gate. Because of this, their results are quite striking after three VirtueRF treatments and they are quick to send in their friends.” She further states, “In my experience, this is the only procedure in this industry where husbands, boyfriends, partners not only notice their other half’s skin is improving and comment on it, but they then come in to have VirtueRF treatments themselves.”

  1. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is the ultimate solution for those looking to address the superficial hyperpigmentation and abnormal texture that acne can leave behind. The Tetra CO2 is breaking the mold for CO2 lasers and laser resurfacing treatments with its unique CoolPeel treatment. The CoolPeel utilizes high peak power, exclusive to the Tetra CO2 by Deka, to perform superficial ablation without the pain or downtime that is known to a traditional CO2 treatment. Many patients even receive a CoolPeel treatment without numbing! Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Carey Nease, loves the advancement that the CoolPeel has provided his practice.

“In the past, all my CO2 laser patients would need IV anesthesia or would be treated in the OR. The CoolPeel allows me to treat patients in my office in under ten minutes and offer them a predictable skin renewal treatment with minimal downtime. Patients don’t want downtime so they are loving that any redness is typically gone in a few days.”

  1. Combination Treatments:

Patients want to spend less time in your office and more time participating in social activities. Combination Treatments that address both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin are great for patients who are result motivated and willing to assume some downtime (although many combinations result in only redness). For example, the VirtueRF in combination with the Tetra CoolPeel (aka The UltimateDUO) – addresses both the superficial epidermis AND deep into the dermis. This targets the hyperpigmentation and superficial tone and texture, while also kickstarting neocollagenous. Leading Boca Raton Dermatologist, Dr. Jordana Herschthal, frequently treats patients with the UltimateDUO.

 “The most popular treatment in my practice is the combination of VirtueRF + CoolPeel. It is cost effective, and you get to the end result quicker, which is great for both patients and providers.”

If you’re looking to provide patients with the ultimate acne scar solution, Cartessa Aesthetics can help you identify what new technologies would address your patient concerns and your business objectives.  Our best-in-class aesthetic portfolio offers a wide variety of modalities that are suited to treat many skin types and concerns.

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