Anyone who identifies as an acne sufferer knows that the operative word here is “suffer”. Far from a mere cosmetic condition, prolonged acne can have a profound psychological effect on a person - robbing you of your confidence, making you feel self-conscious and stopping you from doing the things you want to do.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to make the acne go away - to destroy it at its source without resorting to the standard long term antibiotic use which can cause other problems?
Well, there is a solution.
Clearskincare Clinics' Dr Philippa McCaffery has developed a new treatment called SGA which stands for 'Sebaceous Gland Ablation'
How does SGA work?
The treatment involves destroying the sebaceous glands that are abnormal. SGA uses an ultra-fine probe to penetrate and deactivate overactive sebaceous glands that cause blackheads, pimples and inflamed cysts. We have over 1,200 sebaceous glands per square centimetre of skin and only a tiny proportion of these are affected by acne, even in the most severe cases.
What is involved per treatment?
During treatment, a fine probe is inserted into the acne lesion and once correctly positioned, a short burst of surgical diathermy (electrically induced heat) is delivered. Most people feel the heat of the diathermy (it’s painful but tolerable) but it is very localised and very short. The intensity of the diathermy is adjusted for each person, so they can tolerate the treatment. There can be some bleeding from the acne lesions during treatment and sebum is extracted from the gland after it has been diathermied.
How long does it take to see permanent results?
Some people see an improvement very rapidly while other people need six to seven treatments before they start to see a difference. Some take even longer. It’s a very individual response because part of what is being dealt with this is the mystery of why the patient’s sebaceous glands are misbehaving in the first place. We know a sebaceous gland has stopped misbehaving because the skin no longer breaks out. It usually takes two to three treatments per gland although larger cysts take up to six treatments. Treatments are one month apart so skin has time to heal. Generally, people with moderate upwards type acne would need 9-12 months.
What treatments or products are prescribed in conjunction with the SGA treatment?
After a monthly SGA treatment clients are asked to come back a week later for a peel followed by a session under a LED light. The light helps with the healing process but can also improve the appearance of the complexion. We also prescribe a customised take-home care kit.
How much does the treatment cost?
Clear Skincare Clinics have a Skin Gym membership where clients are encouraged to sign up for 12 months and they pay a set fee of $149* per month (there are also three and six month options, prices vary). That includes an SGA treatment, a skin peel and a 30 minute session of LED Light Therapy once a month.
Want to try it?
Missy Exclusive Offer! Until 4th OCtober 2013, you can book in to try SGA for $79 (value $229). Be breakout free today, call 1300 442 632. Clearskincare Clinics have clinics in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD AND WA! Click here: Clearskincare Clinics