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UK First in Kentucky
to Use Laser Acne Treatment

By Jennifer Bonck

 

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The laser works by pulsating heat below the skin's surface and reducing the size of the sebaceous glands, which are largely responsible for acne.

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Lexington, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2002) -- The University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology is the first in Kentucky to offer a promising new treatment for acne.

As part of its comprehensive face and eye care program, the department has begun treating patients with smooth-beam laser, which has just been FDA approved for the treatment of acne.

The laser works by pulsating heat below the skin's surface and reducing the size of the sebaceous glands, which are largely responsible for acne. Patients use a cream to slightly numb the affected area, before the laser is applied. The treatment lasts just minutes and causes only slight discomfort.

During the initial study, 17 patients with stubborn back acne were treated and followed for six months. The results were impressive-there was a 98 percent reduction in acne lesions.

Three 20-minute treatment sessions, at a cost of approximately $1500, are recommended for the best results. The treatment is not covered by insurance. To learn more about smooth-laser treatment, call the Department of Ophthalmology at (859) 323-5875.


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