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Aerolase’s LightPod Neo


Active acne and acne scars are among the most cosmetically troubling skin conditions, often happening simultaneously since acne naturally leads to scarring.  So Yelena Kipervas, DO and Tatyana Martinho from the Comprehensive Family Practice in Bartonsville, PA set up to study Aerolase’s LightPod Neo laser to evaluate the use of a single laser modality to treat those two common conditions. The LightPod Neo is a highly versatile 1064nm laser for pain-free treatments for all skin types. It is used in treating facial veins, age posts, acne, rosacea, evening out skin tone, even hair removal. This Aerolase laser system is able to perform the same range of laser energy density as a traditional longer pulsed laser. The time of exposure is 5 to 50 times shorter thanks to the LightPod Neo’s 0.65 msec pulse duration, allowing for virtually no discomfort.

Lasers targeting hemoglobin have been shown to promote the clearance of active acne by superheating the vasculature in and around the sebaceous glands and by destroying p. acnes bacteria. In addition, lasers with an affinity to absorption of water in the skin tissue can stimulate the formation of new collagen in the dermis, thereby reducing the severity of acne scars.  Typically, separate laser or non-laser modalities are used to perform these two treatments independently. So Yelena Kipervas and Tatyana Martinho wanted to test if the LightPod Neo’s single modality laser can treat both active acne and acne scars. Aerolase’s Nd: YAG 1064nm laser inherently has both the affinity for hemoglobin and water, combined with a unique 0.65msec pulse duration and a peak power of over 15,000 watts per pulse, so it should theoretically work.

In the study, 10 subjects (five males and five females) with skin type I-IV and an average age of 30 enrolled for a series of three treatments. Session were spaced two-three weeks apart and targeted active acne lesions as well as acne scars in the upper and lower facial areas. By the second treatment session, significant reduction of active acne lesions was already evident. All treatments were performed using Aerolase’s LigthPod Neo, a 1064nm Nd: YAG laser with a novel 0.65 millisecond pulse duration.

No anesthetics, cooling or gels were used regardless of skin type. No complications were observed.

At the end of the LightPod Neo study, Yelena Kipervas, DO and Tatyana Martinho from the Comprehensive Family Practice, concluded that the LightPod Neo achieved clearance on average of over 90% of the acne and on average over 50% reduction of the acne scars. Of the 10 subjects, two rated their satisfaction as High and Two as Very High.


In conclusion, Aerolase’s LightPod Neo, a 0.65 millisecond pulsed Nd: YAG 1064nm laser generating 15,000 watts per pulse can be used to simultaneously treat active acne and acne scars, providing profound clearance of both conditions after a series of three treatments.