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Isolaz FAQ

Q: What is Isolaz?

Isolaz is a safe and effective acne treatment. It purifies pores deep down to attack acne causing bacteria at the source.

Q: How long have Isolaz treatments been available?

The Isolaz technology was first introduced in 2005. Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor have been using the device since it was first introduced.

Q: How does it work?

Isolaz technology combines vacuum with a broadband light to deliver effective acne treatments. The vacuum helps loosen and extract dirt, blackheads and excess oil from deep within your pores. Then the light helps destroy acne causing bacteria, as well as reducing facial redness.

Q: How long is the treatment?

It depends on the area of the body being treated; treatments on the face may take 15 to 20 minutes, whereas treatments on the back and chest may take a little longer. We ask that you reserve at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment. This allows youtime to check-in, wash your face, take before photos and steam the skin prior to treatment.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

Typically, two to six treatments are needed. However, the exact number of treatments varies from patient to patient and will be determined by
your physician.

Q: Who can be treated with Isolaz? What kind of acne can be treated?

Isolaz treatment is great for everyone and it can treat all skin types, light and dark. Isolaz can treat most types of acne, except cystic lesions. During your consultation, the physicians will evaluate your acne and determine which acne treatment is right for you.

Q: When will I start to see results?

Typically, patients can see a visible improvement in the redness or severity of their acne after the first treatment. It’s important to stick to the treatment plan that we will outline for you to see the full effects of treatment. Recent reports have shown that Isolaz can make prescription treatment work more efficiently.

Q: What will I look like immediately after the procedure? Can I go out in public?

You may see some mild redness in the treatment area, but yes, after your Isolaz treatment, you can go right back to your normal activities. We ask you to avoid prolonged sun exposure but there is usually minimal to no recovery time following Isolaz treatment.

Q: Can I put make-up on right after treatment?

In some cases, you may be able to put on mineral make-up after the treatment. We can discuss this further in your consultation.

Q: Does it hurt?

In a clinical study, 100% of patients noted Isolaz treatments were painless*. For this reason, Isolaz is easily performed on teens as well as adults.
* Reference: Vic Narurkar, MD. Novel Photopneumatic Therapy Delivers High-Efficiency Photons to Dermal Targets. Vol 18, No. 2, Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2005.

Q: I’ve tried everything for my acne, including Accutane® (Isotretinoin). Will Isolaz treatment really work for me?

While everyone’s skin is different, many patients who have not responded to other acne treatments, including Accutane, other antibiotics, topical creams or even lasers have responded to Isolaz treatments. In fact, studies have shown that 85%* of people who have an Isolaz treatment will experience clearer skin.
* Reference: Shamban, Ava T. MD. Photopneumatic (PPx) Pore Cleansing Acne Treatment. A breakthrough treatment option for non-responders to acne therapies. White Paper, August 2006.

Q: I’m currently on Accutane® (Isotretinoin) / or (another acne medication). Can I get an Isolaz treatment?

Isolaz treatment can be performed while you are on medications, such as antibiotics. Isolaz should not be performed if you are currently taking Accutane. Wait at least 6 months from your last Isotretinoin dose before an Isolaz treatment. The physicians will thoroughly discuss your medication history during your consultation.

Q: Will I still need to use topical creams or other medication?

Yes. Recent studies have shown that Isolaz helps topical creams work faster to clear acne lesions.

Q: Is it safe?

Like any laser devices, there are potential risks in all laser treatments. For your safety, all treatments are performed by Dr. Chapas and Dr. MacGregor, who are both board certified dermatologists with fellowship training in laser procedures.

Q: Can I do Isolaz if I’m pregnant?

Theoretically, there is little risk to an unborn fetus from the Isolaz procedure; however since these devices have not been tested on pregnant women, the actual risks are not known. For the reason, only the pore cleansing (no light treatment) can be used on pregnant women.

Q: How much does the Isolaz treatment cost?

The cost depends on the areas that are being treated. During your consultation you will be given a quote based on your treatment plan. Laser treatments for acne are not generally covered by medical insurance plans.

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