Laser Acne Treatment

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.


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