Marsha E. Gorens, M.D.
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AFT Acne Treatment

Mesotherapy | Chicago What is Acne?
Acne is a disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin and affects over 80% of adolescents and many adults. During puberty, our bodies produce large amounts of an oily substance called sebum. Sebum, when combined with excess skin debris, sticks together in our pores causing the pore to become plugged. Without effective treatment, these clogged pores can become infected, red, swollen, and form unsightly pimples that can lead to scarring. Topical creams can irritate the skin and take months to work. Antibiotics can have multiple side effects and become less effective over time.

What is AFT?
Advanced Fluorescence Technology (AFTtm) is the latest development in pulsed light technology. While other phototherapy devices deliver low doses of blue light, Harmony's AFT acne treatment uses a much higher concentration of wavelengths. This unique device targets only the affected areas, therefore minimizing the risk of injury to the surrounding tissue.

What is the treatment like?
First, your face will be cleansed. In many cases, extractions or microdermabrasion may be recommended prior to treatment. Next, a thin layer of gel will be applied to your skin so that the hand piece can glide easily over the skin. Each pulse of energy feels similar to a rubber band snap. Therefore, it is often recommended that a topical anesthetic be used for added comfort.

Immediately after the treatment, your face may appear flushed and slightly swollen. These effects will subside over the course of a couple of hours to a couple of days depending on the sensitivity of your skin. Applying sunscreen immediately following treatment is recommended and make up can be applied.

How many treatments will I need?
Often, eight treatments over a four-week interval are recommended. During your consultation, your skin will be evaluated and a specific treatment recommendation program will be prescribed for you. Many patients report that their skin continues to improve in the months following their treatments. You may require follow-up treatments to maintain desired results.
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