While many people struggle with acne during their teenage years, others have to deal with it as adults. When conventional forms of addressing acne fail, it may be time to consider professional treatment. With five convenient locations serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, led by double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Phillip Garcia, treats cases of acne in patients from throughout North Florida.
What Is Acne?
Every inch of skin contains small hole or outlets known as pores, and there are millions of these pores on a person’s face. For a variety of reasons, these pores can become blocked, leading to the formation of what are known as blackheads or whiteheads. The skin on the face, back, upper arms and neck are particularly susceptible to becoming blocked. If blocked pores are not cleared, and oils start to accumulate, this leads to bacteria growth and even inflammation, commonly known as acne.
Benefits of Acne Treatment
Professional acne treatment helps adults and teenagers better manage outbreaks and keep their pores unclogged and healthy. Patients who choose professional acne treatment can benefit from:
- Minimal downtime after treatments
- Milder breakouts of acne in the future
- Healthier skin that looks and feels better
- Fewer acne problems in the future
- Reducing the chance of scarring that severe acne can cause
- The opportunity to clear up acne that has failed to respond to medication
How Do I Know When I Need a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon for Acne Treatment?
Due to hormonal changes and other factors, nearly every young adult will experience at least a mild outbreak of acne between the ages of 12 and 17. Individuals may require professional acne treatment if they experience one or more of the following:
- Individuals with darker skin tones see discoloration in areas following an acne outbreak
- Acne is causing scarring
- The acne is not responding to standard therapies and over-the-counter treatments
- The production of painful lesions filled with pus
- Acne is causing a degradation in a person’s social life
- Overall quality of life is poor
Can My Acne Be Cured/Cleared Up?
By correctly treating the skin, almost every form and strength of acne can be cleared up. Dr. Garcia and his staff will work with you on an individual basis to devise an effective treatment plan to clear out your blocked pores and prevent future acne outbreaks.
Is Acne Caused By Poor Hygiene or Diet?
A series of scientific studies have demonstrated that there is no direct relationship between a person’s diet and the severity or likelihood of developing acne. To give your body its best chance at remaining healthy, it is always recommended to consume a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Unfortunately, some individuals who maintain a healthy diet and strict hygiene regimen can suffer from stubbornly severe acne.
Adults who are suffering from regular acne outbreaks are advised to consult with a dermatologist to better understand the etiology of their condition and learn about the available treatment options.
Is Acne Treatment Just For Cosmetic Reasons?
Except for a few isolated cases where acne is causing dangerous infections, no one with severe acne is facing a risk to their overall health. That being said, untreated acne can lead to a number of unpleasant consequences, including permanent scarring, a loss of self-esteem and social ramifications. Many people do not realize that there is a wide range of both medical and non-medical treatments available that are extremely effective at curing nearly every form of acne. Anyone dealing with a severe case of acne should invest the time and effort necessary to learn more about the treatment options available.
How IPL® and Laser Acne Treatments Work
Using a breakthrough technique, Palomar®’s IPL® (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment can help stop future acne breakouts by delivering a targeted burst of pulsed light into the skin. This light is absorbed by a substance known as porphyrins in the skin which heat up and destroy the microbial agents in the skin that cause acne, helping to stop future breakouts.
When it comes to scarring left behind by acne, pulsed light is directed into the affected area in order to disrupt the scar tissue and prompt the body to start growing healthy new tissue to repair the area. Due to the effectiveness of this technique, healing time is minimal, there is no risk of contracting an infection, and the procedure is virtually painless.
Palomar® offers the following equipment to treat acne and acne scars: Acleara Acne Clearing System, StarLux™ Systems, and Palomar® Icon Systems.
- Palomar® Icon Application-Specific Handpieces: 1540 Fractional Laser: Fractional non-ablative laser for treating acne scarring.
- StarLux™ Application-Specific Handpieces: Lux for treating acne outbreaks and Lux 1540 for treating acne scarring.
How Much Does Acne Treatment Cost in Jacksonville?
Acne treatment is considered an elective procedure and, therefore, not covered by most health insurance providers. In order to ensure that professional acne treatment remains affordable and accessible for everyone, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery accepts cash, personal checks, major credit cards and offers financing.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on acne treatment or to schedule a consultation at one of our five convenient locations in Jacksonville (Town Center), Avondale, Julington Creek, Fleming Island or Palm Coast, please contact us today.