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Doctors of California Laser and Cosmetic Center offers far more than hope and a prescription. While you may have been told that Accutane is the only solution for your severe acne, we offer a combination of Levulan with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) that rivals the efficacy of Accutane without the internal side effects. Photodynamic acne therapy involves the application of Levulan ( 5-aminolevulinic acid), a photosensitizing agent, which is then activated with blue light. This results in significant improvement in moderate to severe cystic acne.
Blue Light Levulan acne treatment involves three mechanisms of action against acne. Levulan treatment deactivates the bacteria that trigger acne, removes the top most layer of skin to unclog pores, and the most exciting mechanism is that Levulan treatment shuts down the sebaceous glands in the skin. This is exciting because sebaceous glands are the root cause in the formation of acne so it has a long lasting effect even on severe acne. Resistant and Cystic Acne frequently fails to respond to traditional over the counter measures of control. It works even better than oral antibiotics and topical lotions. A safe topical two-step treatment which chemically coats and then destroys acne bacteria offers a new solution to an old problem.
While Levulan is safe, we strongly urge patients to exhaust conservative methods of acne treatment including proper cleansing, exfoliation, benzoyl peroxide, retinoic or salicylic acid topicals, as prescribed by their physicians, before resorting to photodynamic therapy, laser or photoactivated Levulan™ (Levulinic acid). Dr. Gutman only recommends Levulan and Photodynamic Treatment (L-PDT), when traditional prescription and other the counter methods such as Minocycline, Doxycycline, Proactive have failed. Although they are helpful in the treatment of cystic acne, they are not usually sufficient to provide adequate control. Left untreated, cystic acne will almost always leave permanent scars on the face or other affected areas such as the chest and back. An acne sufferer, therefore, suffers twice. Once with the active acne and then with embarrassing and sometimes with disfiguring scars.
Appropriate, timely and sufficient acne treatment brings great relief on both levels by minimizing the acne and thus preventing the scarring that would otherwise come from it. The positive emotional impact of controlling acne is immeasurable. Dr. Gutman will apply the light-activated Amino-Levulinic Acid (Levulan, the liquid agent that penetrates the offending acne cells) and then chooses Blu-U light to turn on the action. The activated Levulan selectively destroys acne bacteria and shrinks overactive oil glands which supply nutrition for acne bacteria. We suggest two Levulan treatments, two weeks apart for initial treatment. Subsequent maintenance treatments are usually required. The impact on acne is immediate and long-lasting. Levulan PDT is the “WMD” in the war against acne and if used appropriately, will improve acne conditions faster and more completely than any other treatment available.
Dr. Gutman must analyze your skin in a separate consultation prior to treatment. Dr. Gutman may recommend a course of actions for treating your severe cystic acne, and a package of treatments to clear up your skin and remove acne scars. Dr. Gutman is more concerned about achieving results, rather than selling individual procedures and will create a customized plan for your needs at a price you can afford. Schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Gutman.
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