The tone and texture of our skin will generally diminish with sun damage, genetics and age. Our skin pores are an exact example of this degeneration of collagen and elastin in our skin. Enlarged pores usually occur when our natural pores dilate with the thickening of our aging skin. The enlarged pores then attract dirt, bacteria and oil accumulation, leading to blackheads and whiteheads and then a further increase in the pores’ size and prominence.
This vicious cycle of enlarged pore development and infection can be treated with the innovative laser treatment of our Fotona® Er:YAG and Q-Switched Laser to rejuvenate the skin’s collagen and elastin properties.
Laser Therapy for Enlarged Pores:
Our controlled, accurate and precise Fotona® Lasers work harmoniously together to integrate a thorough healing process of the enlarged pores.
1. POLISH SKIN: This process cleanses the skin and removes the excess oils and bacteria from within the pores.
2. SMOOTH SKIN: This second step focuses on the deep cellular stimulation of collagen growth and remodelling and the re-establishment of the elastin fibres. Together these synergistically promote the correct balance of healthy tissue growth.
3. ENHANCEMENT: This involves stimulating the body’s natural healing process to promote and encourage optimal lasting results at a cellular level.
Integrating this three-step system will not only eradicate the enlarged pore condition, but also improve the overall skin tone and texture of the face. The gentle, non-abrasive approach of the laser leaves the client with little down time and peace of mind that the laser treatment is patient-friendly and effective.
If a client is experiencing problems with blackheads and acne because of the enlarged pores, our Er:YAG laser can be combined to assist with this acne elimination as well.
The QX MAX, which is the hero of this treatment, is the most advanced Q-Switched Laser on the market today. It has been built for maximum performance with state-of-the-art innovations to make treatments safer and more effective.
Consultation with our Medical Team
Before any laser treatment can occur, your skin needs to be protected from the sun for about two weeks. During this time, you will have a consultation with our laser technician, who is an experienced nurse. Your procedure will be discussed and you will be free to ask any questions. An overview of your medical history and medications will be discussed to ensure laser therapy is ideal for you. Our doctor will assess your pores and acne, if present, and may suggest an antibiotic to complement the laser therapy and healing process. A patch test will be conducted to ensure your suitability with laser therapy. In 4-7 days, you will be able to commence your laser therapy.
What Can I Expect During My Laser Therapy?
The enlarged pore treatment will last for about 30-40 minutes. There is no pain involved with this procedure; it is very gentle. There will be a warming of the skin, and some people describe this like a flicking of a rubber band, but it is mild. We use a Koolio Machine which blows -37 degree cold air onto the laser site, which is very soothing. Eye shields will be placed on your eyes to protect them from the laser light. There will be no pain felt during or after the procedure, and you are always able to talk to your laser consultant about how you are feeling.
What Can I Expect After My Laser Therapy?
You must keep your face out of direct sunlight, as this will exacerbate the laser therapy treatment and may change the desired outcome. This means covering up with shirts, hats and sunscreen and making yourself available to shaded areas if outdoors. Your skin may feel hot, like sunburn for the next 12-24 hours. Bepanthen cream is ideal to use to ensure moisture, hydration and a soothing element to the skin. Such care of your skin will ensure the ideal environment for the regeneration of the new cell growth.
How Many Treatments Will I Require?
Every person is unique. Your skin will require individualised treatment plans. Some people will have large areas of enlarged pores; other people will require intensive pore, scar and acne treatment to ensure pleasing results. At your consultation appointment, your treatment plan will be discussed and may involve between 3-5 laser sessions.
Liu, Chao-Hong, Laser and Health Academy. Clinical Bulletin. Skin Rejuvenation with Pore Size Reduction. Cited on www.laserandhealthacademy.com/media/ Feb 2015.