PhotoDynamic Therapy - The "Big Gun" for Resistant Acne
(press release from Dermatologist News)
County, CA October 24, 2005 -- Resistant and Cystic Acne
frequently fails to respond to typical measures of control. A safe topical
two-step treatment which chemically coats and then destroys acne bacteria
offers a new solution.
"I'll quote one of my patients," says Dr. Nissan Pilest. 'This PDT is
awesome!' And he's so very right. PhotoDynamic Therapy is one of those
rare acne treatments that delivers what it promises - and often more. Used
for resistant acne, PDT offers life-altering improvements. Cystic acne,
the kind that creates painful inflamed lumps deep in the skin, is a harsh
reality for hundreds of thousands of teens. The psychological impact of
this type of acne is overwhelming," says Dr. Nissan Pilest, Medical
Director of the prestigious Total Dermatology laser center in Irvine, Ca.
Dr. Pilest has focused a great deal of his 26-year career in the research
and effective treatment of acne and acne scars.
"Topical and systemic (oral) antibiotics have an effect, but usually are
not sufficient to provide adequate control. Left under-treated or
untreated, cystic acne will almost always leave as its legacy permanent
scars on the face or other affected areas such as the chest and back. So
not only is an acne sufferer physically victimized once with the acne
itself, but twice - with embarrassing and impossible to hide scars. Proper
treatment brings great relief on both levels by minimizing the acne and
thus preventing the scarring that would otherwise come from it. The
positive emotional impact of taming out of control acne is incalculable."
Teens, and many adults who never "outgrew" acne, find a concerned
physician who offers far more than hope and a prescription. Dr. Pilest
applies light-activated Levulan (the liquid agent that penetrates the
offending acne cells) and then chooses a light or laser to turn on the
action. The activated Levulan selectively destroys acne bacteria and
shrinks overactive oil glands - the food source for acne bacteria.
"The impact on acne is immediate. PDT is the "big gun" in the war against
acne and if used appropriately, will improve acne conditions faster and
more completely ( with the least side effects ) than any other treatment
My PDT patients understand the power the treatment holds. They don't mind
the temporary discomfort and redness or the peeling because they see the
improvement in their skin and in their lives very quickly. Is PDT the
cure? No. There is no "cure" for acne, but there is control. PhotoDynamic
Therapy offers a level of control that gives acne sufferers their
self-esteem back and skin they can comfortably live in." See a News Video
link about PDT at
What about those who already have scars from acne? "Acne scarring is
improved through various lasers such as Smoothbeam and Vbeam. The "big
gun" for scarring is the new Fraxel Laser. The Fraxel Laser is a fiber
laser that smoothes scars by resurfacing the skin's outer layers. A series
of Fraxel treatments planes down the scar edges and smoothes the skin.
Using the Fraxel for acne scar removal is not a "no-downtime" procedure,
but it is a very short recovery and most patients are back to regular
activity in a couple of days."
Dr. Pilest is a Board Certified Dermatologist in Irvine, Ca. His practice,
Total Dermatology, is recognized as one of the most comprehensive Laser
Centers in Southern California. He is an Associate Professor of the
Dermatology Department of the University of California Irvine, a
peer-chosen Orange County Best Doctor, and frequently teaches laser and
light technology to new physicians. Total Dermatology is a National Botox
Training Facility. Consultations can be arranged by calling 949-727-3800
or 1-877-DrPilest. The website,
www.Totaldermatology.com offers an intensive insight into treatments
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