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San Francisco Acne Treatment

One of the most frustrating parts of adolescence and even adulthood is acne. It’s painful, unsightly and often emotionally traumatizing. As the most common skin condition in the United States, acne can occur at any stage of life. Though several factors can affect your propensity for acne such as hormones, genetics, stress, and medications, acne forms when dead skin cells, overactive oil glands and sebum block your pores thus trapping bacteria. This results in follicle damage and inflammation. In severe cases, acne can even lead to permanent scarring.

For the many patients who have tried oral and topical medications without relief, Dr. David Sieber recommends the BroadBand Light (BBL™) photo facial which has been clinically proven to help in the treatment of acne.* BBL works by heating up the skin which kills the bacteria that are causing your acne in the first place.*

For further improvement in deep acne scarring, ask Dr. Sieber about options such as the Halo laser for the treatment of acne scars.

BBL photo facial treatments can help reduce the formation of acne, and may also work to suppress and prevent future acne breakouts.* Significant improvements will typically require 6 treatments, with 1-2 treatments performed each week until improvement is seen.* BBL photo facial acne treatments can not only be performed on the face, but also on the back, shoulders and chest.

Acne Improvements:*

  • Improvement in chronic acne
  • Reduction of acne flares
  • Reduction of redness due to acne inflammation

Quick Facts

  • Length: 15-30 minutes
  • Anesthesia: None
  • Inpt/Outpt: In office
  • Side effects: swelling, redness
  • Recovery: 24 hours

To find out more about acne treatment with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.

Acne Treatment Technique

Numbing medication is usually not needed for this treatment. A thin film of ultrasound gel is first applied to your skin. Then, Dr. Sieber passes the BBL handheld device over the area to be treated. The device emits small pulses of light that heat the upper layers of the skin. Most patients have little to no discomfort. Each treatment session lasts about 20-30 minutes and can be easily scheduled during your lunch hour.

Preparing for Acne Treatment

  • Discontinue Accutane or its equivalent for at least one month prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 3 weeks prior to your first session as well as throughout the entire course of your BBL treatment.
  • Sunless tanning lotions must also be avoided for 2-3 weeks prior to treatment.

Recovery from Acne Treatment

You may experience some redness and swelling for the first 24 hours after your BBL photo facial treatment for acne, but makeup can be applied immediately after treatment. You may also experience some slight discomfort, similar to that from a mild to moderate sunburn, for the first 12-24 hours following treatment, but most clients are able to return to their regular activities immediately.


Q: Will I notice an improvement in my acne right away?

A: It may take anywhere from a few days to a week before you’ll see an improvement in your acne. All of your acne won’t disappear after a single session. Most patients will require 4-6 treatments before seeing a dramatic improvement in their acne.*

Q: How long will my results last?

A: Your results are dependent in part on your body. Some patients will get complete eradication of their acne after a series of treatments while others will need a “booster” treatment every 3-4 months to maintain their results.*

Q: Will this treatment help with my acne scarring?

A: Although BBL photo facial can treat active acne, it may only make a marginal improvement in your acne scars. Dr. Sieber typically recommends the Halo laser treatment to deliver the most improvement in acne scars.*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.


I couldn’t be more pleased and excited about the refresh Dr. Sieber did on my face using a combination of botox and fillers. I had a baby a year ago and my face looked completely deflated. It felt to me that I looked like I had aged 5 years instantly by having a baby over 40. Dr. Sieber looked closely at my face and listened to my desires and fears in terms of the results I was seeking. I really liked that he took a conservative approach and followed up to check in and tweak things once the fillers and I had time to settle in.*

Dr. Sieber is a caring, friendly and talented doctor. I had two long consultations (free of charge) before scheduling my BBL (Brazilian butt lift). The staff and Dr. Sieber made me feel calm and relaxed the day of surgery. The results are amazing. Dr. Sieber understands a woman’s body and totally changed the shape of mine. I could not recommend him highly enough. I now go to him for my Botox and Juvederm.*

Dr. Sieber was fantastic throughout the entire process. From the beginning, he was patient with my questions and never made me feel pressured about making a decision. Once deciding that I was going to move forward with a breast augmentation, he made sure that I understood the process of the procedure and what I could expect post-surgery. I could not be happier with the results!*

Dr. Sieber is the best. I interviewed with numerous doctors. He pays close attention to detail. He called and checked on me and my results on a regular basis. My tummy procedure exceeded my expectation.*

Dr Sieber was very kind, knowledgeable and patient. He was able to answer all of my questions and put me completely at ease during the consultation as well as during the actual procedure. He made sure that I understood each part of the process which went a long way in alleviating my fears…after all, this is my face!*

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results. All images feature models except for before and after images.

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Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*

Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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