AviClear Laser Instruction

Downloadable Instructions

Prior to Your Appointment

  • Let your AviClear provider know if you have used Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6 months.
  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below) for a few days before treatment.
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, vitamin C/ascorbic acid, astringents, etc.
  • Avoid prolonged suntanning or self-tanners prior to and during the treatment regimen.
    • Includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.
  • Notify your AviClear provider of any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment.
  • A history of herpes or cold sores may require an antiviral prescription prior to treatment. Please let your AviClear provider know if you have a history of cold sores.
  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved.
  • Immediately post-treatment, apply a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) SPF 30+ sunblock, which should be applied every 90 minutes if outside. Direct sun exposure should be minimized throughout the duration of the treatment regimen.
  • Cold compresses or chilled gel packs may be applied post-treatment for your comfort.
  • If a blister develops, contact your AviClear provider.
  • Starting the morning after treatment, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, followed by a gentle moisturizer every day twice a day for a few days.
    • Resume a regular skincare regimen a few days after treatment.
  • Makeup can be applied the day after treatment.
  • Most patients will experience mild redness of the treatment area, lasting up to one-day post-treatment.
  • Some patients experience dryness and itching of the treatment area up to four weeks post-treatment.
    • Use a gentle moisturizer (e.g., Revision Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Revision Gentle Cleansing Lotion).

After Your Appointment

  • Roughly half of AviClear patients may experience post-inflammatory flare-ups after one or all their treatments.
    • The condition may worsen before it improves
    • Typically occurs a few days post-treatment
    • Can last a few weeks post-treatment
    • Non-comedogenic makeup for acne-prone skin is okay to cover
  • Avoid heat (hot tubs, saunas, etc.) for 1-2 days post-treatment.
  • Limit any exercise or activity that can cause sweating for 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below) a few days after treatment:
    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic-salicylic acids, vitamin C/ascorbic acid, astringents, etc.
  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks after treatment:
    • Waxing, depilatories, etc.
  • Contact your AviClear provider with any concerns such as swelling with or without pustules, blistering, excessive or prolonged redness/swelling, etc.
  • Remember to wash your face every morning and night and after working out/sweating.
  • Benzoyl peroxide or a retinoid product (starting a few days after treatment) can prevent clogged pores.
  • Every morning and evening, apply non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent rebound oiliness.
  • Shampoo your hair regularly if it’s long or touches your face/back.
  • Stick to your treatment regimen, trying too many new acne treatments can irritate your skin.
  • Don’t touch or pick your face.
  • Wash makeup brushes, pillowcases, sheets, etc. regularly.

In Cutera’s clinical studies, most AviClear patients showed improvement 3 months after their 3rd AviClear treatment with some patients seeing improvement 6 months after their 3rd treatment. While the results can vary, improvement can continue through 6 months after the 3rd treatment, meaning there might be a delayed response in some patients. However, like any other medical treatment, results cannot be guaranteed.

Please call the office with any concerns post-treatment and we will be happy to assist you. We can be reached at Alabama Surgical Arts Office Phone Number 334-271-2002 during business hours or at 334-546-9088 after business hours.