The Blu-U Acne Treatment is a new alternative therapy for alleviating moderate to severe acne and eliminating pre-cancerous cells. It is a safe and non-invasive, pain-free procedure that is suitable for both teen and adult acne to control and clear acne for an extensive amount of time as well as a treatment for pre-cancers. It is suitable for acne sufferers whose skin has become resistant to ointments and antibiotic medications or for those who only want to eliminate the daily stresses of a wide-ranging acne treatment routine.
Blu-U Acne Treatment is a photodynamic therapy comprised of a high intensity fluorescent blue light on the problem areas of the skin. The fluorescent light technology works to destroy acne, reduces skin oiliness and minimizes the appearances of pore size. It benefits the skin by smoothing its texture and reduces inflammation that is deep within the skin. It also diminishes acne scarring and revitalizes the skin for a more youthful appearance. The laser treatment handles the acne lesions without causing any additional acne scarring.
Unlike ultraviolet light, the fluorescent light technology used in Blu-U light is an FDA-approved treatment for acne.
These acne treatments are safe for all skin types. Those patients with acne-prone skin who do not want to undertake surgery or take medication are the ideal candidates to undergo this therapy. Blu-U is an effective treatment that does not use harsh chemicals on the skin. This acne treatment is a type of procedure that is typically used as an acne treatment in patients with moderate to severe cystic acne which has not responded to other forms of therapy.
When the acne treatments are combined with a topical solution, Levulan, it can be an effective treatment against actinic keratosis, which is a rough, scaly patch on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. These tend to be pre-cancerous skin lesions typically located in sun-exposed areas such as the face, bare scalp, neck, and hands. Levulan can be used to treat acne even though it has not been FDA approved. Better results have been shown when blue light is combined with Levulan, although that is an off-label use for Levulan.
There is not a sure way of determining if actinic keratosis will become cancerous, but Blu-U can be an excellent method for reducing the risk. This advanced technology can be extremely beneficial to the residents of Florida who are more exposed to the sun’s rays.
The procedure is a simple and easy routine. After the patient’s face has been cleansed and prepped, a photosensitizing medication is applied to the area of the face, scalp, neck, or other places of the body. The patient will then sit in a chair with protected eyewear and their face positioned only a few inches from the fluorescent light. They will sit this way for about 20 minutes. During that time, the activation process begins. A toxic environment is created and inhibits the growth of acne causing bacteria. It works to obliterate obstructed sebaceous follicles and reduce the size of the sebaceous glands. Blu-U is convenient because it offers no downtime following treatment.
For treatment of acne, a sequence of four to six treatments occurring about a month apart may be advised. For patients being treated for sun-damaged skin with the use of Levulan and Blu-U, only one to two treatments is usually all that is needed.
Treatments can offer beneficial results including fewer acne flare-ups, decreased enlarged sebaceous glands and a safer alternative method to oral retinoid medications.
Having several weeks of acne treatment is recommended for receiving the best results. However, the amount and frequency of treatments that a patient will need depend on the severity of their acne and how well it responds to treatment. To maintain effective results after beginning series of treatments, monthly treatments are often suggested.
The cost of therapy differs for each patient depending on the severity of the presence of acne, scarring, or pre-cancerous condition. Average acne treatment costs in Tampa, Florida can range anywhere from $65 for a single treatment to about $5,500 for a full treatment package per session. Pricing is dependent on the type of machines and treatment plans implemented for each patient.
Most of the time insurance does not cover the cost of acne treatments. It is considered a cosmetic condition and therefore does not necessitate use.
Blu-U Acne Laser treatment in combination with Levulan is covered by Medicare and most insurance carriers for the treatment of pre-cancerous cells. However, it is best to first verify coverage with your insurance company before treatment.
Blu-U is in most cases designed to treat dermatological conditions. It is particularly designed to help cases of moderate inflammation resulting in acne. During blue light treatment patients and medical personnel should be given protective blue blocking eyewear stated in the operating policies and procedures.
Overall, treatments are a safe and non-invasive method of reducing acne and oil production and eliminating acne bacteria in the skin. It targets the sebaceous glands to kill the acne causing bacteria. It is specifically designed to target the problem areas rather than the normal surrounding tissues. Many patients see significant improvement in their skin after a series of two to four weekly treatment sessions of blue light therapy.
It is not uncommon for some patients to have experienced some swelling, mild redness, which may last 7-10 days, stinging, and burning following treatment, and in rare cases, some patients may be allergic to the Levulan photosensitizing solution. Due to resulting photosensitivity, patients undergoing therapy are to be advised to avoid sun exposure for 48 hours after treatment.
This alternative therapy for acne and pre-cancerous skin may reduce the chances of systematic drug side effects. Even though there is no evidence of complications, it is advised that treatments should not be done during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding.
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