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Hey! I have had acne BAD my whole life and tried EVERYTHING including Accutane. Accutane worked but it came back after a year. I have tried this thing called Photodynamic therapy and my skin is CLEAR! I'm not kidding, I've had 3 treatments pre-bought 4 but so far so good! Hopefully it will last b/c it is expensive! You should search it, it worked for me and I really did have it all the time and BAD! Hope you guys all find your relief!
(Not related but feel free to comment on my new boobies:))
Can you say what you paid for your pkg of 4 trtmnts? Was it painful? Any redness, sensitivity to light, peeling? How soon did you see results?
Also - what kind of light did they use? blu-u, IPL, gentlewaves, etc?
thanks for sharing
I WAY over paid, $2200 for 4. (I found out later that was really expensive.) Either way it was worth it!! It isn't painful but you have to stay out of the sun for 48 hours because of the light sensitivity!!! Red? yes, peeling? a bit, but after those first 2 days it's fine. The skin quality looks kinda dull and bad for a week but then new skin comes and everything is clear. After the 1st treatment, I still had breakouts but they seemed to heal faster. After the other treatments less and less break outs and they would literally go away over night. Now my skin is almost completely clear and I still have one more treatment. Good luck!!
Here's more info:
Photodynamic Acne Treatment (PDT)is a process by which a photosensitizing agent (Levulan) is applied to your skin. A Photosensitizing agent is a special solution applied to the skin that is activated by a specific wavelength of light, which “turns it on.” Levulan has been used extensively for the treatment of a variety of different skin conditions. Levulan is a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a “natural” product found in all humans throughout the body. Its it is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. (You wouldn’t be able to make red blood cells to carry oxygen without ALA in your body.)
DCNGA wrote:I am sort of at a loss to see what was NOT perfect about your face and your body BEFORE you ever had surgery .
Well, I'll take that as a compliment:) Thanks! I just had issues with my body after having a baby and going through a messy divorce!! Hopefully everything heals to look good and then I'm DONE with ANY surgeries!! I just felt like I had such big hips and a butt and then NO boobies:( So I figured I'd even it out a bit!! Do you have an album?
I called around on this and found one derm charging $550 incl 1 stick of Levulan for red light and $325 for Blu lite and 1 stick.
Another local derm had on their website info for a 4 step process: 1st-microdermabrasion w/ extraction; 2nd - preparation of the skin (acetone???); 3rd -application of Levulan; 4th - light or laser. (They didn't give me a price yet)
Did yours include any of these steps besides the light?
Sounds like the 1st derm might be on the right track - & not overcharging )per your info I like what the 2nd derm offers w/ the MD & extraction, tho.
It's believed microdermabrasion or any facial includding scrubbing or any chemical exfoliator applied for a week before the levulan treatment, help levulan get inside the pores and be absorbed more and hence more effective.
Otherwise, steps 2,3,4 are standard required steps in the levulan protocol treatment and shouldnt be pointed out as a reason to inflate the price.
Have you noticed any negative side affects such as fat loss to your face? I have heard that the blue light is good for Sebaceous Hyperplasia. I was also thinking about having my son get treatments for his acne with this process.
Hey K8heidy, I agree that the new blue light therapy is a great way to go instead of taking accutane which can really wreak havoc on your body ( I did two 6 month rounds). For those of you who are worried about cost, you may want to try out blue light first and see how your skin reacts. The best part about our blue light is that you can rent it before you buy (in 1 and 2 month increments).
How long does this treatment last for? I did Accutane back in 2007, it worked great...but now i'm getting oily & breaking out again. I hate the idea of doing Accutane again. I rather do this first, then Accutane again if I have to.
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