With today’s technology, there’s no reason to walk around with pimples on your face or any other part of your body. Acne can be resolved completely or improved dramatically with available treatments usable by anyone at any age under most any circumstance. LightStim for acne (an acne bacteria-kiling blue light) is one of the functional tools we can use. At Total Dermatology we strive to offer the best LightStim Irvine has to offer.
This light-based acne therapy involves a short, completely painless treatment regimen with impressive results and no side effects or downtime.
The acne professional light contains 756 Blue LEDs and 378 Red LEDs to provide complete light spectrum benefits. Dr. Pilest upgraded to LightStim, the only FDA cleared Blue AND Red combination/Multiwave light for Acne, to make sure patients have the best possible clearance and control of acne.
The addition of alternate red light treatments increases the effectiveness of acne light treatments by acting as an immediate anti-inflammatory. At Total Dermatology your light therapy may be preceded by Salipeel to unclog pores. Acne patients are discovering a faster, more visible response to their acne clearing. In investigative studies, Photo Therapeutics noted a mean clearance rate of over 82% at 12 weeks after the final treatment.
Isolaz is the most recent system for non-drug acne clearance. Isolaz works by clearing the pores with a vacuum and obliterating acne bacteria with light.
Traditional acne treatments have various side effects. Topical therapies often cause redness, irritation and/or peeling. Topical-only treatment can be effective in the management of mild acne but rarely has the desired results for those suffering from constant and persistent acne.
Oral antibiotic therapies may have even more side effects. Although not to be discounted and frequently helpful in combined treatment, typical oral antibiotics alone simply don’t “get the job done”. Ongoing antibiotic use in women often results in imbalances that encourage yeast infections and requires self-monitoring of sun exposure.
LightStim is suitable for all body areas, including the large areas of the back and shoulders and the sensitive beard area. It treats mild to moderate inflammatory acne. Severe acne requires more aggressive treatment and many cases will respond well to the newer “non-ablative” lasers. (Non-ablative lasers do not remove or burn skin, but work from within the skin.) See SmoothBeam and Vbeam links below under Related Treatments.
First, you should arrive with clean skin. Makeup must be removed prior to treatment. You will lie comfortably under a light for a period of minutes with protective goggles over your eyes. During LightStim Orange County patients will experience NO PAIN, no peeling, no irritation, no restriction from sun exposure and no one will even notice you have had a treatment. If you wear makeup, it can be reapplied directly following your treatment. It’s really that simple.
Want to keep pimples at bay at home? Ask us about the handheld home version of LightStim for Acne.
Though the inflammation will be gone for the majority of our Irvine LightStim patients by the end of the treatment series, you may experience redness, where the inflamed blemish was located. This redness will dissipate in a short time. It is important to remember that LightStim treats only inflamed mild to moderate acne blemishes. LightStim is not designed to clear cystic and/or nodular acne or comedones and will provide little or no clearing of these lesions. Our office has a wide range of other effective treatments for more severe or resistant acne.
Acne is not a medically “curable” condition, but it is one that can be controlled and managed. You may require maintenance treatments to keep the clearing at an optimum level. This is in addition to any at-home treatment program you have been advised to use.
We love our patients at Total Dermatology! Read what our satisfied patients have to say about their experiences with Dr. Pilest and our team.
“The staff is amazing and sweet. Professional, kind, prompt, and the best service. I will only get my Juvederm and lip injections here!”
— Priscilla S.
“Dr. Pilest is the best injector in Orange County. Obviously, no one likes needles, but he makes getting a little botox painless. I make the drive all the way from L.A. just to see him and his amazing staff.”
— Kay S.
“I have been coming here for about 5-6 months and the service is amazing. All staff members are very welcoming. They have helped with my skin so much. I totally recommend them.”
— Victoria L.
*Individual Results May Vary
You should avoid touching or picking your blemishes at all times. In addition, use a non-irritating anti-acne cleanser such as salicylic acid daily. You will be advised of correct products and proper home care during and after your treatment.
Topical and Oral Antibiotics – Treatment Time and Side Effects
Manufacturers’ information on topical creams and oral antibiotics indicate that conventional treatment for acne sufferers have limitations and require, at least, 3 months of continuous treatment. Some of these drugs are reported to have side effects that range from mild to quite severe. For example, Benzoyl Peroxide causes irritation to the skin, and topical antibiotics have a very low effective rate. Topical retinoids such as Retin-A and Renova are photosensitive. Oral antibiotics have a relapse of a few weeks to a couple of months at the end of the therapy and the side effects include GIT, Vertigo, Vaginal candidiasis (yeast infections), Hepatitis, and Lupus. Accutane and Roaccutane cause severe skin and mucosal irritation, liver enzymes, blood lipids, night blindness, and depression.
The LightStim acne treatment series is completed in four (4) weeks, with treatments lasting approximately 15 minutes each. Most importantly, blue light treatments have been shown to significantly decrease inflammatory acne lesions in a very high percentage of patients with no side effects.
*Individual Results May Vary
When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.