For both youths and adults, acne  is an embarrassing skin condition that can affect self-esteem and social as well as professional relationships. Fortunately, with advancements in cosmetic/plastic surgery, there are laser acne treatments available utilizing state-of-the-art technology.

Discover the beauty of a clear complexion and pimple-free skin. Toronto Cosmetic Clinic is proud to introduce the latest in acne treatment and acne scarring treatment technology, designed to target acne and hinder the possibility of future breakouts without the administration of drugs or other harsh creams and ointments. It can also eliminate the appearance of acne scarring. Two technologies are available for laser acne treatment.

Sciton BBL Profile for Treating Acne

For the purpose of acne removal treatment, both devices emit powerful pulsed light at a wavelength that is preferentially absorbed by a naturally occurring chemical in the afflicted skin known as porphyrins. Propionibacterium acnes (P. Acnes), the name of the bacteria related to acne, produce porphyrins to assist in its metabolism. However, when exposed to a specific wavelength of light, these porphyrins change and have a negative impact on the metabolism, thereby destroying it. It is in this way that future breakouts of acne are inhibited.

The amount of acne and the number of breakouts that occur gradually reduces over a series of sessions, until the problem no longer exists. Even a single session can achieve dramatic results. Patients find that there are few side effects from this relatively gentle acne treatment method, if any are experienced at all. This is a great alternative to acne medications, both topically or orally administered, which tend to have a number of side effects.

Laser Acne Treatment Before After
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Palomar Starlux® 500 for Acne Scar Removal

You used to have acne, but luckily you don't have to deal with that anymore. Unfortunately, what you do have to deal with is the painful reminder of the breakouts you used to have - a complexion riddled with acne scars.

Acne scars come in various depths and sizes. They may be small and barely noticeable or very prominent. Prominent scars generally have a different texture from surrounding unaffected skin and can also be in the form of pockmarks or depressions. Any pockmarks or roughness that appears are the result of an alteration in the skin's collagen structure.

Discolouration is also quite common. Some extent of discolouration is almost always a feature of acne scarring and may be lighter or darker than the unaffected skin, highlighting the problem.

To treat acne scarring, Toronto Cosmetic Clinic features the Palomar StarLux® 500 for laser acne scar treatment. Fitted with the Lux1540™ Fractional Laser Handpiece, the device has been designed to remove the appearance of unsightly acne scars without damaging the top layers of skin. This form of non-ablative skin resurfacing to treat acne scars involves little to no downtime so you can get right back to your normal activities immediately after a session. It is virtually painless and has been designed to leave your skin smooth, even-toned and free of blemishes.

In some cases, treatment may also require another type of procedure to be most effective (this will be discussed with you during your complimentary consultation with a Skincare expert).

Products after Acne Scar Removal

Following a laser acne scarring treatment session, your medical aesthetician may recommend a skin care product to assist in recovery. Toronto Cosmetic Clinic offers skin care products which are pharmaceutical-grade and contain effective ingredients that are suitable for all skin types.

All products have been designed to penetrate the skin not only at its uppermost layer (stratum corneum), but also to the lower layers.

After Laser Acne Treatment
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Call 416-221-5554 for more information regarding acne & acne scarring treatment at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic.

Laser Acne Treatment FAQ

  • Tell me more about acne treatment?

    Toronto Cosmetic Clinic utilizes the technology contained within the Sciton BBL Profile to treat acne. The light waves emitted by the Sciton BBL Profile are preferentially absorbed by the bacteria responsible for acne, Propionibacterium acnes, which negatively impact its metabolism. This allows inhibiting future breakouts.

  • What's so good about this treatment?

    Traditionally, acne and acne scarring removal was treated with harsh chemicals or medications that often affected the healthy surrounding skin as well. With laser acne treatment at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, very few side effects, if any, result. Many patients experience no downtime. The procedure itself is also virtually painless and can achieve results faster than other methods.

  • How will I look after the treatment?

    You will have hardly any downtime, and may only be slightly red for up to one hour post-treatment.

  • What areas can be treated?

    Any area where acne appears on the body can be treated. However, the face is generally the most common area treated.

  • Who can be treated?

    This treatment is designed for men and women who want to get rid of acne and acne scars. If you are a minor, you will require parental/guardian consent.
    An initial consultation, during which your skin and health will be assessed, will determine whether this treatment is suitable for you or if an alternative is more appropriate.

  • How many sessions will I need?

    On average 8-10 sessions are needed, spaced 1-2 times per week. You'll get a better estimate at the time of your initial consultation with our patient consultant.

  • When will I see results?

    Results are not immediate. You will notice a gradual reduction in acne breakouts in the time following a session.

Laser Acne Scarring Treatment FAQ

  • Tell me more about acne scarring treatment?

    Toronto Cosmetic Clinic utilizes the Palomar StarLux® 500 to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring. The Lux1540™ Fractional Laser Handpiece emits laser light which passes through the top layers of skin to target the lower layers. By doing so, it stimulates the production of collagen so that the skin can naturally repair scarring resulting from acne as well as improve skin tone. Pockmarks and discolourations can be targeted.

  • How will I look after the treatment?

    You may pink for a few days post treatment. This varies from patient to patient. Some are pink for only 1 day, while others it may last up to 5 days. We promise though, the results are definitely worth it!!

  • What areas can be treated?

    Any area where acne appears on the body can be treated. However, the face is generally the most common area treated.

  • How many sessions will I need?

    Depending on the severity of your scarring, 3-6 sessions about one month apart will be needed. You'll get a better estimate at the time of your initial consultation with our patient consultant.

  • When will I see results?

    Results are not immediate. Usually 6 months after your last session is when the final results will be present. You need to be patient as it takes time for your skin to respond to treatments. Some skin care products may be recommended by your medical aesthetician to help with recovery and expedite the appearance of results. Factors such as your general health and skin type will affect results.