{Acne Vulgaris Treatment}

vivaMD Medical Spa & Weight Management use LightPod Neo by Aerolase. Offering the newest technology for laser therapy for our acne treatment procedures. The highly powerful yet gentle laser pulses superheat the sebaceous gland and its surroundings, where the p. acnes bacteria congregate. The treatment is fast and hygienic as nothing touches the skin except a beam of laser light. With the LightPod Neo laser, the practitioner can now effectively and safely treat both pediatric and adult acne patients, regardless of skin type (Caucasian, Asian, Indian or African, Hispanic etc.) and reduce the use of antibiotics.

The highly powerful yet gentle laser light superheats the p. acnes bacteria in the sebaceous gland and surrounding skin to effectively destroy the bacteria, reduce oil and sebum output and to help reduce any swelling or inflammation. Due to this, most patients report less irritation and drier skin directly after treatment as opposed to a common waiting period for oral medications to adjust the body’s chemistry. This offers our patients immediate relief, which is highly important for patients with severe acne cases.

Mechanism of Action for Acne Clearance with 650-Microsecond Laser Technology


Right after treatment with the Neo, most patients report less irritation and drier skin in the treated areas. The treated skin has a calmer appearance with less redness. The net result is visible clearance of active acne even after a single treatment, although 4 to 6 treatments are recommended for profound long term improvement of acne. In addition to promoting acne clearance, clinical research has also shown that treatments with the Neo also help to visibly reduce acne scars – which often appear in the same treatment areas as the active acne. Clinical research also shown that LightPod Neo treatments will reduce the PIH (Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) which often occurs in darker skin as result of acne.

The LightPod Neo laser is the most advanced and efficacious for acne treatment. In contrast to the prior generation of aesthetic lasers, the Neo delivers optimal and exceptionally high power (up to 20,000 watts per pulse) to effectively superheat the sebaceous gland and its surroundings. This technology stems from multiple scientific advances by Aerolase:

1. The unique ability of high-power, long wavelength 1064nm laser energy to penetrate deeper as compared to any other laser/light modality. This allows the energy to effectively reach sebaceous glands located in the dermis for maximum heating and bacterial destruction. Other light-based devices, including IPL and diode lasers which do not possess such deep heating power, often apply ‘sucking mechanisms’ to the skin in order to bring the targeted sebaceous glands closer to the skin surface, in an attempt to compensate for their limited power. The LightPod Neo is uniquely able to treat acne without touching the skin at all. Those other systems that contact the skin make the procedure messy and less hygienic as they may spread the p. acnes bacteria from affected to unaffected skin sites.

2. The Neo is a1064nm laser modality which selectively targets water, melanin, and hemoglobin – all three of which represent the main components of the sebaceous gland including its supporting vasculature and the sebum. In contrast, sub-infrared diode laser and IPL modalities are not sufficiently absorbed in water and thus are less efficient for acne treatment.

3. The deep-penetrating LightPod Neo laser energy also affects the hair shaft and follicle, eliminating the presence of hairs and reducing the probability that sebum will block the pores.

4. The Neo’s unique 650-microsecond laser pulse duration heats the sebaceous gland faster than the TRT (Thermal Relaxation Time) of skin, minimizing the loss of heat through conduction to the surrounding skin tissue. Other types of lasers, which use 10 to 50 millisecond pulse durations, result in substantial heat loss to the skin which reduces the temperature and diminishes bacterial destruction; it also makes the treatment much more painful from the heating of nerve endings in the surrounding skin.

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