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Clear + Brilliant® is a popular non-invasive skincare procedure designed to rejuvenate the skin and address a variety of concerns, ranging from fine lines and uneven skin texture to overall skin dullness.
What Is Clear + Brilliant?
Clear + Brilliant is a gentle, FDA-approved, laser treatment, similar to Fraxel, that can help rejuvenate skin. Its fractional laser technology creates thousands of microscopic treatment zones. The skin’s natural healing process is stimulated and new radiance is revealed.
Its customizable settings make it adaptable for various skin tones and textures and allows it to be considered a “lunchtime” procedure due to its minimal downtime. It can be a great choice for women and men who are looking to fight the early signs of aging or maintain their youthful appearance.
Which conditions can be treated?
- Early signs of facial aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sun damage, including dark spots and uneven skin tone
- Tone and texture irregularities — to help even out the skin’s overall appearance.
- Melasma (brown to gray-brown patches on the face).
- Enlarged pores — minimizing pore size improves skin texture.
- Acne scars and active acne.
Is Clear + Brilliant right for me?
Clear + Brilliant is ideal for those looking to achieve noticeable results by treating mild skin concerns such as fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture, with minimal downtime. It’s also perfect for a boost prior to a big event.
Book your free, no-obligation consultation with one of our expert practitioners to evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns, and recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.
How do I prepare for treatment?
• Avoid excessive sun exposure for at least two weeks before the treatment.
• Discontinue the use of retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) for a few days prior to the treatment.
• Avoid exfoliating treatments or harsh skincare products that may irritate the skin.
• Stay well-hydrated in the days leading up to the treatment to promote skin health and recovery.
• Avoid chemical peels or waxing for a couple of weeks before the Clear + Brilliant procedure.
What happens during treatment?
The treatment area is cleansed to remove any makeup, dirt, or oil from the skin. A topical numbing cream may be applied to minimize discomfort during the procedure. This anesthetic takes effect in about 20 minutes. Then the laser handpiece is moved across the targeted areas of your skin as it emits gentle fractional laser energy. You may experience a prickling or warm sensation during the procedure, but it is generally well-tolerated. The actual treatment typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the targeted area.
Post-treatment care or downtime?
Our aftercare recommendations include a gentle cleanser to wash the treated area for the first few days following the treatment and a soothing serum to help alleviate any temporary redness or dryness. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher daily, even if it’s cloudy to protect the treated skin from the sun.
It’s common to experience some redness and mild swelling in the treated area immediately after the procedure. The skin may appear slightly pink or flushed. The initial redness and swelling usually begin to diminish within the first day or two following the treatment. The skin may still have a pinkish hue during this time. In most cases, any remaining redness typically resolves within about a week post-treatment. By this time, the skin’s appearance will return to a more natural tone.
How long until I see results?
You will begin to notice improvements in your skin’s texture, tone, and overall radiance in the days and weeks following the procedure. In most cases, optimal results become noticeable within a few weeks as the skin’s natural rejuvenation process progresses.
How many treatments will I need?
While you may achieve the desired results after a single session, often a series of treatments of four to six treatments spaced about two to four weeks apart is recommended for gradual improvement in skin texture, tone, and overall radiance while minimizing discomfort and downtime.
How long will results last?
Generally, with proper skincare maintenance and sun protection, results can last for several months to a year. However, individual experiences may vary, and periodic maintenance treatments may be recommended to sustain the desired improvements. Healthy lifestyle choices, such as adequate sleep and hydration, can positively impact the longevity of your treatment results.
Can this treatment be used as part of a combo therapy?
Yes, the Clear + Brilliant laser can be combined with other skincare procedures to address a broader range of skin concerns and achieve comprehensive rejuvenation results. This is often referred to as a “multi-modality approach”.
Potential combinations include but are not limited to:
• Dermal fillers, to address both textural irregularities and volume loss, providing a more complete rejuvenation of the skin.
• Chemical peels, to enhance the exfoliation and renewal of the skin, promoting a smoother, more even complexion.
• Microneedling, which can amplify the stimulation of collagen production and improve the overall texture and firmness of the skin.
What is the science?
Clear + Brilliant is based on fractional laser technology, which works by creating thousands of microscopic treatment zones in the skin while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched. This approach promotes rapid healing and collagen production, leading to improved skin texture, tone, and radiance. The laser energy targets and helps to replace damaged skin with healthier tissue, stimulating the skin’s natural healing process.
This innovative device allows for customizable settings, making it adaptable for various skin tones and textures. Such versatility makes it an ideal option for individuals seeking skin rejuvenation and improvement in skin texture, tone, and overall radiance, regardless of their skin type.