I have also come across a company in Australia that has marketed a "new" technique to destroy pustules and active acne, called Sebaceous Gland Ablation (SGA).
This technique is based off a paper on Selective electrothermolysis of the sebaceous glands: treatment of facial seborrhea
by Dr. Toshio Kobayashi.
There have been a few videos uploaded by this company, I've linked two here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEJo4Bq6100http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACOJLcThBvo
As seen in the videos, the promo one with graphics shows the needle is inserted directly into
the sebaceous gland itself.
The second video shows the operator using a magnifying lamp to view the skin and perform treatment.
How exactly would they see where the sebaceous gland is accurately located? Or is this not an issue, as the gland may be destroyed via the hair follicle anyway?
Which then leads me to wonder that even with electrolysis treatment for hair removal, the sebaceous gland is not always destroyed through treatment. Or is this true for only a small percentage of follicles?
Dr Kobayashi's paper seems to indicate this technique is effective, but I'd like to know what thoughts/experiences others have.
I'm also curious to know whether there is the potential for the skin to collapse as a risk of such treatment? Suppose if there was overtreatment..