Laser Acne Treatment
Dr. Weksberg Servicing Toronto and the GTA, services are for Canadian citizens only.
Everyone is aware of teenage acne. The truth is that acne
can persist well into one�s 30s, 40s, and even 50s.
Dermatologists call acne that does not clear by one�s
mid-20s �persistent acne�. Often causing deep-seated,
tender, inflamed pimples and nodules, this type of acne is
more common in women.
Adults also develop late-onset acne. This can begin in the
late 20s, 30s, 40s, and even later. Again, women are more
susceptible. People who have not had acne for years can
suddenly develop deep-seated, inflamed pimples and nodules.
Even those who have never had acne may develop late-onset
Many patients with either teenage acne or adult acne do not
seek medical attention because they believe treatment is not
available. Yet most cases of acne can be effectively
controlled with acne therapy. At the Weksberg Centre for
Cosmetic Dermatology in Toronto, Ontario we offer many Acne
Treatment options including
Medical Grade Skin Care as well as Photodynamic Therapy also
known as PDT or BLU-U.
What is Photodynamic Therapy ?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that kills the P.
acnes bacteria in your skin. It is performed by applying a
topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan
(5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA) which is applied to the
surface of your skin and left on for approximately one hour.
After the incubation period the product is then activated by
sitting under a special wavelength blue light for a short
period of time � typically between 9 and 16 minutes.
PDT treatment has also been shown to have the unique ability
to minimize pores and reduce oil glands, there by
effectively treating stubborn Acne, Rosacea, and improve the
appearance of some acne scars.
How much improvement can I expect ?
At our Toronto based clinic, Dr. Weksberg�s patients have
seen dramatic improvement in active acne. In several cases
this treatment has eliminated the requirement for oral
antibiotics or Accutane.
How many treatments will I need to see the best results ?
On average Dr. Fred Weksberg recommends a series of two to
four treatments, performed at three week intervals to be the
most effective. However, repeat treatments beyond the
estimates outlined above may be necessary to achieve best
What are the advantages of Photodynamic Therapy ?
PDT is a safe, gentle and most importantly, effective
treatment with minimal down time and maximum results. Other
Is their any down time ?
- Well tolerated (essentially painless).
- Easily performed.
- Non-invasive (no needles or surgery required).
- Excellent cosmetic outcome (PDT improves the whole area
treated creating a more uniform colour, texture, and tone)
- Best of all, most insurance companies cover the cost of
treatment! Be sure to ask Dr. Weksberg�s staff to fill out
an insurance form for you to submit for preapproval.
Following PDT your face will be photosensitive (sun
sensitive) for the first 48 hours. During this time you must
remain indoors and avoid direct sunlight or UV light.
The treated area may also be red and you may experience some
peeling for 2 to 7 days. In rare cases some patients have an
exuberant response to PDT, and experience marked redness of
Your skin may feel tight and dehydrated; a good moisturizer
such as the SwissTEC Mattifying Serum should be used daily
in addition to a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.
How should I prepare for my PDT ?
Avoid using Glycolic Acid, Vitamin A Acid topical
treatments, or facials for 5 days prior to your treatment.
Dr. Weksberg requests that patients stop taking all oral
antibiotics for 1 week prior to PDT treatment.
If you have ever had a cold sore or Herpes simplex you must
notify our office. Special antiviral antibiotics will be
prescribed prior to your PDT treatment to prevent an
The Weksberg Centre for Cosmetic Dermatology in Toronto does
not perform PDT treatments on women who are pregnant or
breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding or may be pregnant
please inform our office staff or Dr. Weksberg.
On the day of treatment just prior to coming to our office,
wash your skin well to remove all makeup and moisturizers.
Be sure to bring a hat, glasses and scarf to cover your face
for your ride home, as the Levuan (ALA) will remain
photosensitive for up to 48 hours after your treatment.
Patients with significant tanning should check with our
office first to see if the procedure needs to be rescheduled
for a time after the tan has faded. It is ok to proceed if
you have a mild to moderate tan.
"Acne Sufferer Sees The Light"