How Long Does AviClear™ Last for Acne Treatment?

While many people think of acne as a typical teenage problem, almost half of all adults, especially women, experience bothersome breakouts. Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum, a type of oil, from your sebaceous glands. While this oil is necessary to keep your skin healthy, too much of it can become a trap for debris and food for inflammatory bacteria. AviClear™ is an effective acne treatment that provides long-lasting acne relief without the unpleasant side effects of medications. 

What is AviClear™ Acne Treatment?

If you have been dealing with acne for a while, you may have tried many different treatments. Most people begin with store-bought topical treatments, and some try prescription medications that can have side effects such as severe dryness and sensitivity. AviClear™ is a unique acne treatment that stops your sebaceous glands from overproducing oil, preventing the pore-clogging that leads to acne. This non-invasive treatment can be used for mild to severe acne, and most people see dramatic improvements in a few months. 

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How Does AviClear™ Work?

AviClear™ is a noninvasive laser that travels through the skin at a wavelength of 1726 nm and targets the sebaceous glands. These glands absorb this wavelength, causing heat that damages them and stops them from producing oil. As a result, this excess oil no longer traps material in your pores or encourages bacterial growth. Your skin becomes clearer as oil production decreases but enough oil remains to keep your skin soft and healthy-looking. 

What is an AviClear™ Treatment Like?

Numbing is generally not needed for AviClear™ treatments, which take about 15 to 30 minutes. A sapphire cooling system maintains your skin at a comfortable temperature throughout your session, and most people feel only warmth. As the first FDA-cleared laser for acne, it works so gently that it can be used on the skin during an active breakout. You can leave immediately after treatment and go back to your daily routine. 

How Long Does AviClear™ Last For Acne Treatment?

Each person’s response to AviClear™ is unique. Most people will need a series of three treatments one month apart to achieve their best results, although the short sessions and lack of recovery time make it easy to fit these three treatments into your busy schedule. 

You may start to notice a reduction in acne within a few weeks, with full results after a few months. Your acne will become less severe and have less inflammation, resulting in less scarring or discomfort. Breakouts will happen less often, and when they do happen, they will be less noticeable and easier to get rid of. 

How long AviClear™ lasts depends on your skin and sebaceous glands, but you can expect long-lasting results. This treatment was FDA-cleared in 2022, and many people who have had it since then continue to enjoy their results. People who begin to see more frequent acne may see a reduction with a maintenance treatment as needed. 

Is There Any Downtime After AviClear™?

One of the biggest benefits of AviClear™ is the lack of downtime. When you leave your treatment, you can return to your usual activities immediately. Your skin may look slightly flushed for up to a few hours. You can return to work, exercise, or do almost anything else without delay, making AviClear™ convenient for almost anyone. 

Many people experience a breakout in response to their first AviClear™ treatment as the sebaceous glands respond. This “purge” is usually less severe after your second treatment or may not happen at all. While it may be annoying for a few days, it is a sign that your glands have been damaged and are shutting down production. 

While your skin will look normal after your acne treatment, you will still need to be diligent about using sunscreen. Laser treatments make your skin extremely sun-sensitive, so using sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure during and after treatment is important for avoiding UV damage. 

Can I Use AviClear™ With Other Acne Treatments?

Because it is not a medication, AviClear™ can be combined with other topical or prescribed oral treatments, including Accutane™. While some people may be able to stop using this medication after laser treatment, others may continue to use it for treatment-resistant acne. Most people will see their medications become much more effective when combined with AviClear™.

People with severe or treatment-resistant acne, or those with acne that tends to leave scars can often benefit from a customized treatment plan that combines medications, skincare products, and AviClear™ to help you achieve smoother, clearer skin. Dr. Freda Cobbinah and her team at Essential Med Clinic & Aesthetics will address your acne with a strategic plan that fits your needs and lifestyle. 

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Am I a Good Candidate for AviClear™ Acne Treatment?

AviClear™ acne treatment is safe for use on all skin types and tones. Unlike most other facial treatments, you can have AviClear™ even if you are in the middle of an acne breakout without discomfort. Good candidates for this treatment should have reasonable expectations since some acne may still occur. AviClear™ may be recommended for you if:

  • Your acne is not well-managed with other treatments
  • You prefer to avoid medications
  • Your skin is too sensitive for topical acne treatments
  • You want to simplify your daily skincare routine
  • You want to prevent more acne scarring

Only a consultation can determine whether you are a good candidate for AviClear™ or any other treatment. Dr. Cobbinah and her team will assess your needs and recommend a customized treatment plan, which will be adjusted over time until you achieve your best possible results. 

How Can I Treat My Acne Scars After AviClear™?

Depending on how your skin responds to injury, even mild acne can result in pigmentation changes and scarring. However, the most severe acne scars are usually caused by cystic acne or acne that has become inflamed due to being picked or squeezed. Acne scarring is often accompanied by pigmentation changes that affect your skin as a result of inflammation (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). 

We offer a range of options, including laser treatments, chemical peels, and microneedling to help you smooth your acne scars and achieve smoother skin. Acne scar treatment will usually require several sessions depending on the depth and severity of your scars. You can expect to see dramatic improvements in your skin’s overall texture and tone over time. 

Love the Essential MED Spa. I also Love the Staff, their so Wonderful Dr. Corbinah Keeps My skin amazing, and also makes it affordable.
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If you have further questions about AviClear™, please call us at (210) 568-7555 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Essential Med Aesthetics is located in San Antonio, Texas.

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