Will I Feel Pain During Laser Acne Treatment?

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If the thought of applying laser energy to your already inflamed, acne-prone skin makes you cringe, you’re not alone. Countless patients avoid or delay effective acne solutions, like laser acne treatment, out of fear that the pain will be intolerable. In reality, laser acne treatment is generally considered only mildly uncomfortable and highly tolerable for most patients – even without the need for a topical anesthetic. At Symphony Medical Spa in Tooele, UT, board-certified physician Dr. Carolyn Forbes understands the devastating physical and psychological impact that acne can have on a person’s life and is proud to offer laser acne treatment to help patients finally get the clearer, smoother skin and boosted self-confidence they deserve. Take a closer look at what you can expect with laser acne treatment below, including just how painful – or not – the procedure may be.

Am I a candidate for laser acne treatment?

Teens and adults with acne-prone skin, chronic acne, and even active acne outbreaks may be eligible for laser acne treatment. At Symphony Medical Spa, we utilize the highly advanced Harmony XL PRO laser, which is designed to be safe and effective for most skin types. During your initial consultation for laser acne treatment in Tooele, UT, Dr. Forbes will carefully evaluate your complexion and determine if treatment is an appropriate option for you.

How does laser acne treatment work?

Laser acne treatment works to clear active acne breakouts and discourage future flare-ups by destroying acne-causing bacteria, unclogging pores, and minimizing the buildup of debris on the skin.

Each laser acne treatment takes about 30 – 60 minutes to complete, during which time patients will lie back and relax. Protective eyewear is provided, and the laser handpiece is passed over the skin’s surface to deliver targeted energy to the treatment areas. Common areas addressed with laser acne treatment include:

  • Face
  • Cheeks
  • Nose
  • Chin
  • Forehead
  • Chest
  • Back

Does laser acne treatment hurt?

Most patients tolerate laser acne treatment well without the need for a numbing agent. Although laser acne treatment is not typically considered painful, patients often report a slightly uncomfortable snapping sensation. A feeling of warmth may also be experienced. These sensations should cease upon completion of the treatment, though the skin may still be slightly red or irritated for a few days.

How many laser acne treatments will I need?

Even a single session of laser acne treatment can produce visible results, but a series of treatments is recommended for achieving an optimal and long-lasting outcome. Many patients schedule routine laser acne treatments at regular intervals (as recommended by Dr. Forbes) to keep their complexion consistently clear and smooth. The frequency of your laser acne treatments will depend on your skin type, the cause and severity of your acne, your response to treatment, and other factors.

Clear up your complexion with laser acne treatment in Tooele, UT

If it seems like nothing you try at home helps with your acne, it may be time to consider your options for in-office acne treatment. Take the first step toward clearer, healthier skin and a more vibrant complexion today by calling Symphony Medical Spa to schedule your laser acne consultation in Tooele, UT with board-certified physician and aesthetic expert Dr. Carolyn Forbes.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.