Acne - Marlene J. Mash, MD

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Medical Dermatology
One of the powerful NEW treatments for acne in Dr. Mash's office is the Isolaz™.

The Isolaz™ Acne and Pore Purification laser is the only FDA system   cleared to treat comedonal (black head/white head) acne. It is:
• The only painless, no downtime laser treatment for acne.
• The only system that   purifies and literally drains your pores from the inside.
• The only system that   combines vacuum and laser to help destroy acne causing bacteria.
Isolaz clinical studies   show immediate results within 24-48 hours, including pore size, reduced redness,   clearing of skin discoloration and immediate drying/flattening of the   blemishes.
• The laser also   rejuvenates the skin with intense pulsed light to rid of the textural and   pigmentary abnormalities that acne often leaves behind.

Technically called "acne vulgaris," this skin disease   affects millions of Americans annually. It can vary from quite mild to extremely   severe. There are two main types of acne: non-inflammatory and inflammatory.

In non-inflammatory acne, there are usually just a few whiteheads and blackheads on the face. With inflammatory acne, the whiteheads become inflamed, and red pimples and pustules develop. In its most severe form, inflammatory acne can cause disfiguring cysts and deep, pitting scars in regions of the face, neck, back, chest and groin.

Acne is categorized by its severity:
1. Mild acne describes a few scattered comedones (whiteheads or blackheads) with minimal inflammation (no pustules).
2. Moderate acne describes a denser collection of comedones as well as red, inflamed, pus-filled lesions (pustules).
3. Severe acne, also called nodular or cystic acne, describes widespread and deep lesions that are painful, inflamed, and red. This form of acne is likely to lead to scarring if left untreated.

Millions of people have scars from the long-lasting inflammation caused by acne. Acne scars occur most frequently in those with moderate acne to severe acne. It remains unknown why some people develop acne scars when others don’t. Many treatment options are available to diminish the acne scars’ appearance. Depending on the type and severity of scarring, improvement with Isolaz can be seen in 4 to 6 weeks.

A new and FDA approved treatment for acne scars is now available from Marlene J. Mash, MD. Bellafill® is the only injectable collagen treatment with PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres approved for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.

Bellafill® works in two ways:
  • The collagen provides immediate volume below pitted acne scars to lift them to the level of the surrounding skin.
  • The PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports your body’s own collagen production.

    To see actual patients' results click the text box at the left and see how Bellafill can help. You don't have to live with it. Come in for a free consultation to see if you are a candidate.

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