A cutting edge treatment for acne is now available. Treat stubborn mild to moderate acne with Sebacia Microparticles, an innovative formulation of gold microparticles that are applied to the skin and treated with a standard dermatology laser. Using the laser to heat the microparticles has been clinically proven to reduce the number of acne lesions over time. A published European study showed a significant reduction in acne at 2 and 3 months with further improvement at 6 months.1,3 One complete treatment cycle includes 3 visits over a period of 2 weeks.
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The Sebacia gold microparticle formulation is applied and massaged into your skin by a medical professional. The treatment delivers Sebacia Microparticles into the pores and glands that produce oil. A dermatology laser is then applied to the skin, heating the gold microparticles. This targeted heating results in less acne lesions and an improvement in the appearance of your skin over time.¹
After the treatment, your skin will have some redness, but this typically resolves within a few hours. Patients typically have 3 treatment appointments over a 2 week period.
Improvement means the percentage reduction of inflammatory acne lesions. Individual results and risks may vary.
Sebacia Microparticles are indicated for acne. Schedule an appointment with a Sebacia provider who can do a clinical assessment and determine if the treatment is suitable for you.
Yes! The Sebacia Acne Treatment works by targeting the sebaceous glands that produce the oil and play a role in new acne lesions forming. You should contact your Sebacia provider to determine if the Sebacia procedure is right for you.
Yes, adults may suffer from acne, but there are also other skin conditions that may appear to be acne. Please contact your Sebacia provider to schedule a consultation so that they can make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment appropriate for you.
Pricing for the Sebacia Treatment varies by location. Please click here to find a Sebacia provider near you.
The Sebacia treatment is not currently covered by health insurance.
Sebacia Microparticles are not contraindicated for use in patients taking prescription medications. Please consult with your medical doctor regarding the use of any prescription drugs during or after Sebacia Acne Treament.
The Sebacia Acne Treatment targets the sebaceous glands and may be complimentary to the approach you’re currently using. And because the Sebacia Treatment is performed in-office, there is no daily regimen to comply with. Please consult your Sebacia provider if the Sebacia Acne Treatment may be suitable for you.
Every individual’s response to facial treatments such as these differs. Your treating physician will work with you to evaluate your response to the facial treatment you’ve had and will determine when it is appropriate to start the Sebacia Acne Treatment.
Suntanned skin prior to laser treatments and sun exposure immediately after laser treatments may be a contraindication to receiving treatments with laser systems. Physicians utilize different lasers with varying requirements and your provider will be able to assess your skin’s suitability for the procedure.
Sebacia Microparticles are contraindicated for use in patients who have a known or potential risk of allergy or sensitivity to elemental gold, ethanol, diisopropyl adipate, Polysorbate 80, or polyethylene glycol (PEG). You should also consult the laser label for any contraindications.
The procedure will last about 30-45 minutes and be done by a qualified Sebacia Provider. The procedure involves the following steps:
Sebacia recommends three treatment sessions at an interval of one week.
Please consult your Sebacia provider to determine the best schedule for your treatments.
Please consult with your Sebacia Provider what products might be ideal for your condition. Generally, it was recommended to continue a daily skin health regimen that may include: a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
The color that our eye perceives is due to the light that the surface reflects. White is perceived when all light is reflected and black is perceived when no light is reflected. The Sebacia microparticles are engineered to be highly effective at absorbing (not reflecting) light and converting it to heat. The microparticles solution appears black because most of the light is absorbed and very little light is reflected. The Sebacia Microparticles are actually made from real elemental gold, but their size and shape cause the solution to absorb light and appear black.
No, pre-clinical studies have shown that the Sebacia Microparticles are not detectable in the skin (pores & glands) after about 4 weeks.
The Sebacia Treatment is selective and localized to your skin. The Sebacia Treatment does not require the daily application of a topical foam, gel, ointment nor the daily consumption of a pill. Studies have demonstrated Sebacia Microparticles to be safe and well tolerated. There are no government mandated safety programs (e.g. mandatory use of birth controls) with the Sebacia Acne Treatment. Please study carefully how alternative treatments work, what the total costs are, and what the related risks might be. Ultimately, you need to decide with your provider what treatment is best for you.
Yes. Sebacia performed a controlled clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the Sebacia Treatment. Based upon this study, the FDA has cleared Sebacia Microparticles to be commercially sold in the USA. Sebacia Microparticles also have the CE Mark allowing them to be sold in Europe. Additionally, Sebacia is running a post-approval clinical study combining a pre-conditioning regimen (which gives better access to the pores and glands) with the Sebacia Acne Treatment and acne pharmaceuticals if desired. Current data shows average improvement of about 65% at 3 months, 74% improvement at 6 months, and 85% improvement at 12 months (Haedersdal, et al. IMCAS 2019; data on file at Sebacia; January 2019).
Results vary. Patients in a controlled trial lasting 28 weeks saw 34% improvement at 3 months and 61% improvement at 6 months on average. (Paithankar et al. 2015. Acne Treatment Based on Selective Photothermolysis of Sebaceous Follicles with Topically Delivered Light-Absorbing Gold Microparticles. Journal of Investigational Dermatology. 135 (7): pgs. 1727-1734.)
Sebacia recommends that repeated treatments occur not less than 30 days after the last known application to allow clearance of any residual Sebacia Microparticles and normal dermal dealing processes. Physician clinical judgement should guide retreatment decisions.
In clinical studies, patients noted improvement in their acne about 6 weeks after the last treatment.
It is expected the therapy may result in temporary effects, which should resolve within 30 days. These expected effects may include:
Other less likely side effects that could occur with treatment, and in particular as a result of laser treatment, include:
No. Pre-clinical testing has not detected microparticles systemically. Clinical studies investigating the safety of Sebacia Microparticles did not report systemic side effects definitely associated with the Sebacia Treatment.
To date, only transient (temporary) hair loss has been reported after Sebacia Acne Treatments.
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but most patients describe the sensation as tiny pin pricks or a small rubberband snap against the skin. The average pain score reported by patients is between 3-4 on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the worst. Your provider will recommend safe ways to increase your comfort when necessary.
Following your treatment, your skin can appear a little red. This lasts a few hours to a day or two. Patients can go right back to work immediately following the procedure.
Unlike light sources that heat the skin generally, Sebacia Microparticles are indicated for the heating of sebaceous follicles associated with acne. This selective thermal approach has been demonstrated to reduce acne lesions in clinical trials.
By localizing Sebacia Microparticles in sebaceous follicles, the Sebacia Acne Treatment may provide thermal heating of the pores and sebaceous glands not possible with light sources alone or IPL’s general heating of the dermis.
No. Sebacia Microparticles are approved for use with laser systems that meet the following specifications:
Please consult your laser manual and rely on your laser training to determine the appropriate laser settings.