Friday, June 22, 2007
Medical Reports: Acne
It wasn't designed to help get rid of acne, but it's doing just that. It turns out, a new technology developed to remove unwanted hair, has another use. In today's healthcast, Seven's Christine Cruz shows us how the revolutionary treatment is actually vacuuming acne away.
WSVN -- Rebecca Midkiff didn't get acne until her twenties, but once she got it, it was so bad, she constantly worried what she would see in the mirror.
Rebecca Midkiff: "I didn't feel beautiful for the last five years. I mean, I can't remember a time when I had clear skin."
Medicines and creams weren't working, and the lesions were so painful that she ended up at the doctor.
Rebecca Midkiff: "I definitely lost hope. I got to the point where I thought, OK, I don't get to have my face back."
But a breakthrough system recently approved by the fda called ppx pore cleansing acne treatment came to Rebecca's rescue. It gently vacuums the skin while a broadband light zaps away the blemishes.
Rebecca Midkiff: "That actually uses suction to suck up the skin, and in the process, it empties the oil gland of its oil."
A clinical trial showed 85 percent of those treated got clearer skin.
Dr. Dale Isaacson, dermatologist: "It can give long-lasting improvement, and it works in almost 70 percent of the population that don't respond to conventional therapies."
The treatment consists of five half hour sessions, each two weeks apart. A few months later, go back for a maintenance visit. It's pain-free, and the results last a year or more.
Rebecca Midkiff: "Even after the first treatment, I noticed the scarring right through the middle of my cheeks was going away."
After just two treatments, Rebecca is already seeing a change in her face and her self-esteem.
Rebecca Midkiff: "I think I'm getting better. I think I'm going to look like me again soon.
Christine Cruz: "People with darker skin should talk to their doctor before going through the procedure, it sometimes lightens the skin. For most people, there are no side effects, but it's not cheap. The cost is about $300 dollars per treatment."