AviClear Acne Laser
What is AviClear?
AviClear is a great option for patients with sensitive skin towards topical therapies and who want to avoid oral medications for long periods such as antibiotics or accutane. It is also effective for patients with excessively oily skin and comedonal acne, such as blackheads and whiteheads. This treatment has been proven safe and effective for all skin types and tones. AviClear should not be performed on patients who are pregnant or undergoing treatment for skin cancer.
How long are treatments and how often?
Clinical trials show that following the AviClear procedure, current and future breakout episodes are shorter, less intense, and more infrequent. Furthermore, acne clearance results continue to improve over time, demonstrating the novel treatment’s long-term efficacy. Clinical data shows patients’ acne improves dramatically by three months, and even better by six months after the last of
the three treatments.
Does AviClear have to be done once a month?
The studies show that for efficacy it should be done in a sequential order. I wouldn’t use it once every several months unless you’re using some sort of maintenance treatment, but it doesn’t have to be on the exact day either. I think if you do the treatments at least once a month you’re going to get similar efficacy.
AviClear post treatment care?
The downtime is very little and there’s really not that much to do. You definitely don’t want to go tanning afterwards and you’ll want to avoid any other acne medicines that could be irritating for a few days. You get pretty much back to life pretty quickly.
Can I treat scars at the same time as AviClear Treatment?
Usually you just want to make a game plan as there’s no quick fix to acne or scars.
If I have mild acne will one AviClear treatment alone work?
I think we’re learning so much about this technology now. A lot of the people we’re seeing are far more on the moderate to severe side, but absolutely I think there will be room down the line for people who just have mild acne, people who just have oily skin, people who want pore shrinkage, etc. We are going to learn a lot more but I think if you have severe acne you’ve got to commit to at least three sessions.
I have dark skin that stains, is AviClear safe?
We absolutely can treat darker skin tones. People with skin of color definitely suffer the repercussions of chronic inflammation- not necessarily worse but differently as they can get a lot of brown spots. Anything you can do to reduce the inflammation is going to help the brown spots and it’s certainly easier for me to get rid of them. It’s nice to know that we have a laser that’s safe for all skin types.
Can I do AviClear while pregnant?
I do a lot of different lasers on pregnant women as we’re really only affecting one maybe 2 ml of the skin. I’m hoping this laser will also be one of them.
Does AviClear make you sun sensitive?
All lasers are going to make you a little sun sensitive. You can be a little red or puffy for a day but oddly I’m surprised how patients haven’t had much downtime or sun sensitivity but if you have chronic inflammation from acne you already are sun sensitive and any treatment for acne can make you sun sensitive. I wouldn;t say you can’t leave your house but definitely wouldn’t plan on being in the sun right after your treatment. You also don’t want to do it freshly tan.
What is the recovery for AviClear?
All lasers are going to make you a little sun sensitive. You can be a little red or puffy for a day but oddly I’m surprised how patients haven’t had much downtime or sun sensitivity but if you have chronic inflammation from acne you already are sun sensitive and any treatment for acne can make you sun sensitive. I wouldn’t say you can’t leave your house but definitely wouldn’t plan on being in the sun right after your treatment. You also don’t want to do it freshly tan.
Can I continue my other skin care during AviClear Treatments?
You can’t return to the skincare routines that are irritating but you can put on makeup right away.
I hear AviClear is similar to Accutane, can it initially cause breakouts?
Any acne treatment can cause breakouts afterwards as it’s doing its job. You need to be patient and let us hand hold you.
How long does AviClear take to do?
I would say it’s about a 30 minute treatment so you’re maybe in the office for about an hour.
Does AviClear hurt?
Of course it hurts a little bit, everything hurts a little bit. Nothing is painless but it’s very very tolerable. I haven’t had any patients that can’t tolerate it through. Lets call it somewhere between a 2 and a 6, but some people see nothing.
Does AviClear treat acne scars?
I wouldn’t call Aviclear a specific treatment for acne scars. Getting rid of the inflammation helps with the redness of acne scars which is the first step. It’s nice to know that it includes the first step toward treatment but then I will do anything from Fraxel resurfacing to microneedling, any more.
Are the AviClear results permanent? Any chance of scarring?
I don’t know. Nothing is really permanent and everything takes maintenance. Do I believe that this is the first treatment in a long time that gives a lot of clearance without a lot of maintenance? Yes, absolutely but the maintenance really depends on the severity of the patient. All treatments have the potential to scar.
Can you get AviClear if you’ve done other lasers?
Absolutely you can get this in conjunction with other lasers. There’s just a wide variety of things we can do at PFrank MD.