my Isolaz treatment
Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:04 PM
I've been dealing with moderate nodular acne since I was 13 (I am 19 now). After about 2 years of using unsuccessful OTC products, I saw a dermatologist who put me on Tazorac cream. It worked relatively well up until 7-8 months ago. So I went back to my dermatologist and was given prescriptions for doxycycline and clindamycin phosphate lotion. Neither of them helped me, and I was surprised the doxycycline didn't do anything because I had been on it twice previously and it did wonders! While I was at a follow-up appointment, I saw the brochure for Isolaz. I scheduled a consultation with the nurse who performs the treatment and I started doing some research about it on my own.
The nurse was extremely nice and explained everything to me and answered all of my questions. I decided to give it a try and I scheduled my first treatment.
I was really nervous because I thought it would hurt for some reason (even though it's advertised as being painless) and the nurse assured me it wouldn't hurt. I was completely wrong. It was actually very relaxing. I don't know if anyone has seen what the machine looks like or how it works, so I'll try to explain that too. The machine has a little handpiece which is placed on your skin. There are different sized pieces for the different areas being treated (for example, there's a really small handpiece for your nose, and then there's a bigger one for your cheeks). When it's placed on your skin, it lifts up the skin and the light flashes really quickly while the handpiece is on your skin. It reminded me of the flash on a camera. It was really quick and bright, and it was warm (but not hot). Then she would move the handpiece to the next spot on my face and do it again. The whole procedure took about 20 minutes for my whole face, but she did it twice, so it was about 45 minutes total. Afterwards she put on sunscreen/moisturizer and gave me a mirror to look in. My skin just had a reddish glow to it, like maybe I had been out in the sun for half an hour. There weren't any suction marks or anything else.
For acne, she told me it is recommended to get the first 3-5 treatments every 2-3 weeks, so I scheduled my next one. She also told me to not use any of my medication for 5 days, and only to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer.
Right away my skin felt so much better. I could see/feel the acne drying out immediately. I had a ton of blackheads around my nose, and those were gone immediately from the suction of the treatment.
It also made my complexion a whole lot better. So even if I had a really small flare up, my skin looked great, it had a really nice glow to it, the pores were smaller, it was less oily, and it was very soft and smooth.
After 5 treatments my acne was almost completely gone. I still had a few really deep nodules, but they were improving every day.
I'm sure I missed a few things, so if anyone has any questions, please ask! I highly reccommend this for those who can afford it.
Posted 24 May 2008 - 07:39 AM
I am having my second Isolaz treatment this afternoon. I was very pleased with the results of my first treatment.
I do have a question for you. Did your practitioner mention anything about follow-up treatments to maintain your results? I read on a derm's website that he recommended a follow-up treatment every 3-4 months to maintain results. I will be asking my practitioner about this today as well.
Posted 04 June 2008 - 04:06 PM
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:59 AM
Posted 16 June 2008 - 08:18 AM
My dermatologist's office offers the treatment -- that's actually how I found out about it.
The price probably varies depending on where you go. A treatment for the whole face cost $350. Sometimes if I'm having bad breakouts and I need "spot treatments" in between the whole face treatments, the price is less. My chin had some really deep acne, so that area required more treatments to clear it up. I've gone in for treatments just for my chin and jawline area and they won't charge me for my whole face. Just that area is $175. But I'm sure the prices vary depending on where you go.
Posted 16 June 2008 - 12:47 PM
I looked at the website and I found an MD near me and they have ppx which is almost the same thing as isolaz and then I called a place that was more of a spa/plastic surgery place and they told me that the laser was done by an esthetician instead of a doc. I made an appointment for a consult with both. The doc's consult was free so that was good.
what do you think of an esthetician vs. a doc? my gut says to go with the doc!
Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:53 AM
Posted 24 June 2008 - 09:47 AM
sorry it took me so long to reply! yes, if i was in your position i would definitely prefer the doctor. an RN does the treatment at the doctor's office that i go to.
please let us know how your treatment goes!
Posted 24 June 2008 - 01:10 PM
I dont care how much it will cost
I have read nothing but positive reviews about this treatment...I will not pass this up..!!
Posted 08 July 2008 - 02:12 PM
Did you have any hyperpigmentation? (Sun spots, old acne marks that are brown in color) If so, did it help? Lastly, what what the price paid?
Posted 11 July 2008 - 04:36 PM
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