Procedure Candidates

Charming Skin & Vein Clinics is the home to Chicago most advanced Acne management program. Most other clinics that purport to treat acne only do so with topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics or Accutane®. Most physicians and acne clinics pay little attention, to the actual cause of the acne problem that is, bacteria that proliferate at the base of the sebaceous glands of the skin. During adolescence or adult years, the changes in actual size of the secretory ducts of the sebaceous glands causes sebaceous plugs, bacterial over growth and acne lesions. Most topical and oral antibiotic therapies are only partially effective and take up to 12 weeks for any clinical effects. In addition, Accutane takes a long time to show some clinical improvement in the acne and is accompanied by some serious potential side effects.

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Laser Dermatology

Charming Skin & Vein Clinics Acne Program is 4-8 weeks long and uses the latest in high-tech medical equipment to treat the very cause of the acne lesions, namely the bacterial overgrowth, to hasten the elimination of active acne lesions and help to prevent future breakouts. The Charming Skin & Vein Clinics Acne Program consists of the following therapies:

(i) Crystal Peels™: These gentle peels, use high frequency ultrasound waves to smoothen the texture of the skin and, through a gentle process called cavitation, liquefy the sebaceous plugs that obstruct the sebaceous glands and enhance their drainage. In so doing, the Ultra Sonic Peels minimize the build up of acne causing bacteria at the base of sebaceous glands. Four Crystal Peels™ are administered during the 4 week acne program

(ii) ClearLight™ and Intense Pulsed Blue Light: These unique Intense Light devices emit UV-safe, intense blue light that strikes the acne dense regions of the skin and kills the bacteria that cause the acne. Each session is a simple, painless, 10-minute outpatient treatment with no downtime. The sessions of ClearLight™ and pulsed blue light are scheduled twice weekly and the patient can return to work after each treatment.

(iii) Comprehensive Medical Assessment and Care. Each patient is assessed by the Charming Skin & Vein Clinics Medical Team and then by Dr. J. Abboud, the director of the Charming Skin & Vein Clinics. Patients are prescribed with a skin care regime; complete with the most effective medical skin care products and prescriptive antibiotics.

(iv) FotoFacials™: (18 week program only) For those acne patients with persistent redness of the skin, acne scars or rough texture and dark pigmentation of the acne lesions, FotoFacial™ light therapy will help to smoothen the skin and decrease pigmentation of the acne lesions The FotoFacial RF™ treatments only begin after the blue light treatments have controlled the active outbreaks.

Candidates include Teenagers with acne and Women/Men over 18 years of age (those younger must be accompanied by a parent), who have adult onset acne. All patients are assessed and treated by the Charming Skin & Vein Clinics Team and by noted cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Jawdat Abboud and the qualified Laser Nurses and medical aestheticians.

Results

The 4 weeks Charming Skin & Vein Clinics Acne Program is effective in 80% of all Acne patients After 4 weeks of treatments, there is an average 60% clearance of all Acne lesions 70% clearance after 6 weeks.

These results are 3 times faster than antiobiotic or Accutane therapy alone.

Maintenance Clearlight treatments once monthly can help control the number of Acne outbreaks.

The FotoFacial™ treatments will improve any acne scar pigmentation by 70% and Smoothen the appearance of the Acne scars by up to 30%.

Description of Procedure

ClearLight™ and Pulsed Blue Light – Radiofrequency treatments are performed twice weekly for one month (8 treatments). Each treatment lasts 15 minutes, is painless and the patient can return to work immediately.

Crystal Peels™; The two Crystal Peels™ are performed in the first two weeks. The Peel is painless and takes 25 minutes to complete. The patient can return to work immediately.

FotoFacials™; Five FotoFacials™ are included. Each takes 45 minutes to complete, has minimal discomfort and allows the patient to return to work immediately.

Healing and Downtime

The Charming Skin & Vein Clinics Acne program allows patients to return to activities immediately after each treatment in the majority of instances.

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