Cutera’s AviClear Gains FDA Approval as a Groundbreaking Long-Term Acne Treatment

Cutera’s AviClear Gains FDA Approval as a Groundbreaking Long-Term Acne Treatment

Cutera’s revolutionary treatment, AviClear, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a long-term solution for mild to severe inflammatory acne vulgaris.

In March 2022, AviClear initially obtained FDA clearance for acne treatment. However, the recent FDA approval now recognizes AviClear as the first acne therapy to provide long-term effectiveness for mild, moderate, and severe acne.

Dermatologists, Master Estheticians and patients alike are astounded by this achievement. Dr. Michael H. Gold, Medical Director of Gold Skin Care Center, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It is incredibly impressive that AviClear is now the first and only acne therapy, of any kind, able to claim long-term effectiveness for mild to severe acne.” He further emphasized that this is a significant breakthrough for patients seeking reliable long-term clearance among the various treatment options available.

AviClear, the pioneering 1726nm laser on the market, specifically targets and suppresses sebaceous glands, effectively eliminating acne at its root cause. Patients and providers now have access to a durable, prescription-free alternative. After three 30-minute treatment sessions, 90% of patients witnessed visible improvement in their acne six months following their final session. Clinical data over a 12-month period confirms that improvement increases to an impressive 92%, solidifying the long-term efficacy of AviClear in clearing acne and enhancing skin quality over time.

Master Estheticians, Shelly Snodgrass and Amanda McLaughlin, here at Camas Medspa in Vancouver, WA share in the excitement “We, as practitioners who have been administering AviClear to our patients since March of 2022, have observed a remarkable trend: the treatment’s results continually improve over time.”

Their delight is further emphasized they  express their happiness in the FDA’s recognition of these enduring outcomes, which instills a profound sense of confidence among both patients and providers regarding the remarkable effectiveness and long-lasting durability of AviClear’s results.

Sheila A. Hopkins, Interim CEO at Cutera, proudly acknowledges this significant milestone, saying, “We are proud to receive such a significant and landmark designation. The success of AviClear is a testament to Cutera’s ingenuity and innovation as a pioneering force in results-driven technology.” Hopkins emphasizes Cutera’s commitment to developing breakthrough treatment options, exemplified by AviClear, as the company celebrates its 25-year history of groundbreaking devices.

With FDA approval as a long-term acne treatment, AviClear sets a new standard in addressing acne concerns and offering patients renewed confidence in their skincare journey.

5 Reasons Why Laser Hair Removal is the Best Choice for Permanent Hair Removal

5 Reasons Why Laser Hair Removal is the Best Choice for Permanent Hair Removal


Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments around and for good reason, it is easy, painless, cost-effective, and pretty much permanent!


Laser Hair Removal is a treatment that uses a laser to remove unwanted hair from the body. Here at Camas Medspa we use the Cutera XEO with the YAG. This is a machine allows us to treat most skin types and also has a cooling element that makes the procedure comfortable. 

It all sounds a bit space agey and maybe a little scary to someone new to getting any kind of medspa treatment, but the whole thing is quite simple really. Laser Hair Removal treatments have been around since the mid 90s and every year the technology improves ensuring a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution for getting rid of unwanted hair.

If you still aren’t convinced Laser Hair Removal is for you – check out the:

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting Laser Hair Removal:

  1. It is a permanent solution: Unlike shaving or waxing, laser hair removal is a permanent solution for hair removal. After a series of treatments, most people will see a significant reduction in hair growth and may even be hair-free in the treated area.
  2. It is less painful than other methods: Shaving and waxing can be painful and can cause irritation and ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is less painful and has minimal side effects.
  3. It is versatile: Laser hair removal can be used on almost any part of the body, including the face, legs, underarms, bikini area, and back.
  4. It saves time and money: Laser hair removal eliminates the need for regular hair removal methods, saving you time and money in the long run.
  5. It is safe: Laser hair removal is a safe procedure that is performed by trained professionals. The risk of complications is low, and most people experience minimal side effects.

Overall, laser hair removal is a great option for those looking for a permanent, safe, and effective solution for hair removal.

If you are considering laser hair removal, considering scheduling an appointment for a consultation with any of our Advanced Estheticians and they can explain our packages, pricing, and timing that works best for your needs.



What’s the difference between laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)?

Both laser and intense pulsed light (that’s IPL to you and me!) use light to heat the hair follicle and prevent regrowth. However, the technology used to deliver the light is really quite different – with the key difference being the kind of light itself.

In short, lasers produce a very specific type of light consisting of one wavelength or colour of light all going in one direction, which creates a single beam like a laser pointer. IPL devices produce a wide range of wavelengths of light to produce a single white flash. This light is closer to natural light and can appear with an orange/red glow when the device is flashed against the skin, like a camera flash.

Ok. But how does it work?

For the purposes of hair removal, both laser light and IPL light work by exactly the same mechanism:

  • The light (laser or IPL) enters the skin and is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair shaft.
  • The absorption of light causes the hair shaft and follicle to heat up.
  • If the correct amount of light energy is used, the hair follicle cells are heated up to a critical temperature that results in an interruption of the hair growth cycle.
  • Dependent on a number of factors, the effect can be permanent or temporary.

One of the primary objectives for light-based hair removal using either laser or IPL is to achieve this critical temperature in the hair follicle whilst at the same time not heating up the surrounding skin to a temperature that could cause damage such as a blister. This is achieved by careful control of the amount of light output.

What does all this mean in relation to the actual treatment?

Due to the way the technologies themselves work, laser and IPL treatments vary in terms of:

  • Treatment time: Because the beam of light used in laser treatments is very concentrated, laser devices have a very small treatment window. Thanks to the broader flash of light used in IPL, IPL devices feature a bigger treatment window and so can cover a much larger area at once, meaning a much faster treatment time in comparison to laser.
  • Pain rating: The single, more pointed beam of light used during laser treatment is often reported to be more painful than IPL treatment.
  • Cost: Laser light is expensive to generate, and so, in salons especially, laser treatment comes with a hefty price tag whereas IPL is often much more affordable.
  • Longevity of results: As a trade-off for the increased price tag and pain level, the results from laser treatment can mean fewer top-ups are required between sessions. But, as with any kind of light-based hair reduction, you’ll always need to continue with top-up treatments to stop hairs from growing back.
  • Safety: Laser light is very powerful and can even be dangerous. Because of this, at-home laser hair removal devices use significantly reduced power, especially in comparison to their expensive salon equivalent. The bonus of IPL treatment is that it’s much safer to use as the light is less concentrated, and so can be used at-home risk-free for long-lasting results.

So, which one is better for me?

To summarise, IPL can give the same standard of results as laser-treatments, as long as you follow the prescribed treatment regime – and keep on top of top-up treatments! In return for your dedication to your regime, you can save time, money and endless trips to the salon, completing your treatments in the comfort of your own home. What’s not to love?

Originally posted on Smooth Skin