AviClear laser for treatment of acne


AviClear is the first laser to directly target the oil glands, the source of acne. It shrinks and suppresses these glands, providing long-term control of acne. AviClear was found to have an efficacy rate comparable to oral vitamin A in the pivotal clinical study. It is suitable for treating the face and back as well as for treating all skin types, including the skin of colour. A treatment course consists of three 30-minute sessions. AviClear has a safety record of >13,000 treatments in North America alone in 2023.  It is the first and only TGA-approved laser for acne.

AviClear is a laser treatment that suppresses the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for producing the excess oil that contributes to acne. This innovative technology is now available in Australia after becoming the first energy device cleared by the US FDA for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe acne.

The doctors who consult at Northside Dermatology have extensive experience treating acne using a wide range of modalities. If you are considering a laser treatment for acne, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss whether AviClear or another approach would be appropriate for you.


What Is AviClear?

Developed by Cutera, a leading provider of aesthetic and dermatology solutions, AviClear uses a 1726 nm wavelength laser to selectively target the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands absorb the laser energy and the resulting heat causes them to shrink. This process reduces sebum (oil) production to help clear existing acne lesions and prevent future breakouts.

Unlike topical treatments or oral medications that often require continuous use, AviClear offers a long-term solution for acne. Patients can enjoy clearer skin without needing to remember to take medication or regularly apply topicals, and without the side effects that can sometimes accompany those treatment methods. 


AviClear targeting at oil glands


What Is the Difference Between AviClear and Other Lasers For Treating Acne?

Most acne treatments target the consequences of acne (such as scars or inflammation) or other acne causes, but AviClear is the first to target the production of sebum. This allows it to offer a more comprehensive and long-lasting solution compared to other laser and light-based treatments.

Vascular lasers can treat the redness and inflammation associated with acne and acne scars. However, these lasers do not directly address the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands, which is the primary cause of acne breakouts.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Broadband Light (BBL) treatments can help reduce inflammation and bacteria present in the oil glands, but because they do not target the sebaceous glands themselves, they may not provide long-term control over acne flare-ups.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and Kleresca use high-intensity light sources to activate chemicals found in the oil glands. While these treatments can be helpful for some patients, results may be inconsistent. Additionally, the blue light used in these treatments may cause side effects, such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), particularly in individuals with darker skin.


mild moderate severe acne pimples treatment with laser

Does AviClear Treat Acne Scars?

AviClear does not directly address acne scars. Its primary purpose is targeting the overactive sebaceous glands that contribute to the development of acne lesions. By reducing breakouts, the treatment can help minimise the risk of new acne scars forming. However, if you have existing acne scars, other treatments will be recommended.

We have many treatments available to improve the appearance of acne scars at Northside Dermatology, including:

What’s Involved During Treatment With AviClear?

AviClear treatments are performed by our dermal clinicians in the comfort of our state-of-the-art facilities. Before your treatment, you will meet with a provider to discuss your acne concerns and medical history. We will assess your skin and determine if AviClear is a suitable treatment for your needs.

To begin the treatment, we will cleanse your skin to remove any makeup, dirt or oil. You will be provided with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light. Your provider will then use the AviClear handpiece to deliver laser energy to the targeted areas. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes, and most patients report minimal to moderate discomfort. 

After the treatment, you may experience some redness and swelling, which usually subsides within a few hours. You can resume your normal daily activities right away, as there is no required downtime with the AviClear laser.

Is AviClear Treatment Painful?

AviClear is generally well-tolerated. During your session, you may feel a warm sensation or a slight snapping feeling as the laser energy is delivered to your skin. This is often compared to the sensation of a rubber band flicking against the skin, and the vast majority of patients do not find it painful.

For those with more sensitive skin, we offer several options to maintain your comfort throughout the procedure, including inhaled pain relief and oral pain relief. Applying ice and cooling devices can also be helpful.

What Should I Expect After My AviClear Treatment?

AviClear requires no downtime. There’s no need to take time off work, school or other commitments, and you can even apply makeup directly after your treatment if desired.

Mild side effects following treatment can include:

  • Redness or flushing, similar to a light sunburn
  • A warm sensation 
  • Slight swelling

Some patients will see “purging” or worsening of their acne after their first treatment. This is similar to the purging seen with oral vitamin A treatment, something that can be prevented or managed with oral antibiotics. The risk of purging reduces with the second and third treatment, as the oil glands become less active.

To care for your skin and minimise the risk of complications, we recommend using gentle, non-irritating skincare products and applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50 daily.


Scarring acne AviClear treatment

How Soon Can I See the Effects of AviClear?

The process of suppressing the sebaceous glands takes time. The full effects of the treatment typically become apparent within three to six months after the initial series of treatments. 

During this period, you may notice a gradual improvement in your skin, with fewer breakouts and a clearer complexion. Remain patient and consistent with your treatment plan, as the results will continue to improve over time.

If needed, the doctors offer prescription medications to help manage your acne until the AviClear treatment fully takes effect.

I Have Severe Acne, What Do I Do Until the Effect of AviClear Kicks In?

The acne specialists understand that waiting for your final results can be challenging, especially if you’ve struggled with acne for a long time. That’s why they offer prescription creams and oral medications to complement AviClear in the early phases of the treatment.

The specialist dermatologists or acne GPs who consult at Northside Dermatology and dermal clinicians will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that combines AviClear with the appropriate medications. The doctors will also provide you with ongoing support and guidance to help you manage your acne during this transitional period. 

What Kinds of Results Could I Expect?

Clinical trials have demonstrated that current and future breakouts are shorter, less intense and more infrequent after the AviClear procedure. Clinical study has shown the following based on AviClear as a stand alone treatment, after three treatment sessions:

  • At 3 months: most patients will see some degree of improvement; one-third will be clear or almost clear
  • At 6 months: 93% see noticeable improvement; result is comparable to oral vitamin A treatment 
  • At 12 months: two-thirds of patients are clear or almost clear
  • At 2 years: 97% nodule reduction; patients continue to see improvement 

The specialists expect a much higher clearance rate and faster onset of action with the treatment protocol’s multi-modality approach.

Each person will react differently to AviClear treatments. Some experience results lasting years. 


AviClear result

What Is the AviClear Program at Northside Dermatology?

The AviClear treatment protocol consists of:

  • Three AviClear sessions spaced four weeks apart
  • Three extraction and vascular laser treatments between AviClear sessions to help clear your acne faster and address acne scars
  • Oral medication to manage acne in the early phase of treatment for faster results

The doctors will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan based on your specific needs.

What Other Treatments Are Available to Be Used in Conjunction With AviClear?

AviClear’s suppressive effect on oil gland activity develops over time. Until the treated glands shrink, you will still have some ongoing acne. Your clinicians may use complementary modalities such as topical creams, antibiotics or oral medications in the early phase of your AviClear treatment to provide more immediate control of breakouts and minimise the risk of scarring.   

Who Is AviClear Suitable For?

AviClear is suitable for patients of all skin types who are struggling with mild to severe acne, including:

  • Those who wish to treat their acne without medication
  • Those who have not achieved satisfactory results with medication alone
  • Those who are on acne medication and wish to come off it without completing a full course of treatment
  • Those who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Those who tend to be non-compliant with their medication

During your consultation, the clinicians will assess your skin and determine if AviClear is a treatment option for you.

What see a dermatologist or acne GP for AviClear or your acne management?

  • Comprehensive Treatment Plan: The dermatologists and acne GPs develop comprehensive acne management programs tailored to individual needs. They assess various factors contributing to acne and design a treatment plan that addresses specific concerns.
  • Effective Integration of AviClear: While AviClear can be effective, the doctors often incorporate it into a broader treatment plan for optimal results. They understand the timing and combination of treatments to maximize effectiveness, especially in the early stages of treatment.
  • Specialized Treatment for Different Acne Types: The acne specialists can identify specific types of acne and provide targeted treatments. For instance, comedonal acne (black and whiteheads) may require physical treatments and medication, whereas severe inflammatory acne may need anti-inflammatory injections or prescriptions.
  • Management of Side Effects: AviClear may cause purging of acne initially. The doctors can provide prescriptions and guidance to minimize or prevent these side effects, ensuring a smoother treatment process.
  • Consideration of Contributing Factors: The acne specialists explore various factors contributing to acne, such as diet, lifestyle, and hormonal imbalances. They offer guidance on managing these factors to maintain long-term skin health and prevent acne recurrence.

Request a Consultation at Northside Dermatology

At Northside Dermatology, the doctors are dedicated to providing their patients with the highest level of care and attention. The specialist dermatologists, acne GPs and dermal clinicians have extensive experience in managing acne and enhancing skin health. A holistic approach is used to treatment, combining AviClear with prescription medication, complementary skincare and lifestyle recommendations to support lasting results.

If you are interested in Melbourne AviClear treatments, book your complimentary appointment with our AviClear consultant online or call us today 03 8582 8688.

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