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Clear + Brilliant

The Clear + Brilliant laser is often described as a “lighter” fractional laser, as it is more aggressive than the BBL/IPL laser, but requires much less downtime than other fractional lasers. It is a fantastic entry-level mild resurfacing laser that is delivered quickly, comfortably, and yields effective results. You may have heard of Clear + Brilliant as the younger cousin of Fraxel Dual, and that is an excellent description of this highly requested treatment. Clear + Brilliant is an excellent choice to treat a number of skin conditions such as:

  • Early signs of facial aging, including fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Poor skin tone and texture
  • Large pores
  • Melasma—in fact, Clear + Brilliant is often part of an effective melasma treatment plan and is helpful in targeting even this stubborn form of hyperpigmentation
The Flexibility of Clear + Brilliant

Clear + Brilliant has two handpieces, including:

  • The 1440nm handpiece is the original handpiece that helps with improving fine lines, decreases the appearance of pores, and helps with overall skin texture. It is often recommended as a starting point for rejuvenation and is ideal for those in their thirties.
  • The Permea 1927nm handpiece delivers a superficial laser treatment that targets hyperpigmentation and overall skin tone imperfections, which we all collect while having fun outdoors (yes-even if you are really good with sunblock). It also helps maximize permeability for topical treatments that follow and can be used for laser-assisted drug delivery of antioxidant and other serums like CE Ferulic or Hydrating B5 gel by SkinCeuticals.

How Clear + Brilliant Works

The Clear + Brilliant system works by creating micro treatment zones in the top layers of the skin. These are then replaced with healthy tissue, which is encouraged and stimulated by the treatment itself. Healthy, younger-looking skin soon replaces the sites treated by Clear + Brilliant about 4 – 6 weeks after the treatment. Clear + Brilliant can also be combined with BBL at the same visit for superior results for those needing help with fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, redness and sun damage.

For those interested in an intermediate and more aggressive form of laser skin rejuvenation, the next step up is the Fraxel Dual followed by the CO2 Fractionated laser.

What Clear + Brilliant Feels Like

Most patients find Clear + Brilliant to be comfortable and quick. It is most often described as a brief heat sensation. However, there are always options for patients who want to optimize their comfort. In addition to a standard topical numbing cream, you can also opt for Pro-Nox during your appointment. Pro-Nox is patient-controlled and a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. This can dramatically improve comfort and decrease anxiety, and there is no drowsiness effect afterward, so you are perfectly fine to drive yourself after the treatment.

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Clear + Brilliant Before and After Photos*

Individual results may vary, please schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals and we’ll put together a custom treatment plan that’s right for your skin.

FAQs About Clear + Brilliant

Can I get Clear + Brilliant right before a big event or vacation?2020-10-27T15:30:59-08:00

Bear in mind that the sloughing period falls within one week of the treatment on average but may last for up to 10 days. Most people will want to avoid big events during this time period. Additionally, it is important to avoid excessive, direct sun exposure for at least 2 weeks after the treatment as the skin will be especially vulnerable during this period. It is typically recommended to undergo a Clear + Brilliant treatment at least two weeks prior to an event or vacation, and ideally 3 – 4 weeks beforehand.

I’m in my 40s. Is Clear + Brilliant for me, or do I need a more aggressive laser?2020-10-27T15:30:03-08:00

Clear and Brilliant is a great entry-level treatment for everyone, especially if you are looking for minimal downtime. Some patients cannot afford the downtime of more intense treatments. Therefore Clear +Brilliant, whether alone or combined with BBL, is the next best option for that individual. That is why Palo Alto Laser & Skin Care offers complimentary consultations to tailor the treatment plan not only to your needs, but also to what your schedule allows.

Can I go back to work after my Clear + Brilliant treatment?2020-10-27T15:28:59-08:00

There is only mild redness lasting 24 hours after a treatment with Clear + Brilliant and make up or tinted moisturizer can be applied next morning, so most patients don’t have to interrupt their schedule at all. One day after your procedure, skin might feel a bit like sandpaper but look perfectly normal. This sandpaper feel is actually dead skin cells preparing to slough away. The texture lasts an average of 3 – 5 days.

How many Clear + Brilliant treatments will I need?2020-10-27T15:28:08-08:00

The exact number of treatments recommended for each client will vary based on their skin quality, age, degree of sun damage and goals. As with all milder treatments, a series of 3 treatments every 4-6 weeks is recommended to start, however, the average number of treatments is 3 – 6, with maintenance sessions every 3-4 months.

Real Patient Before / After Photos*

By Carrie M., Real Patient Review*

“I have had three services done at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, including numerous laser treatments by Zuzana. Just before my wedding, Zuzana used the laser to take the redness out of several areas of my skin treated for basil cell carcinoma. I am also in the process of having my tattoos removed.  With just one treatment, my tattoos have faded drastically. Although this is not a spa, the minute I walked in the door I felt pampered!”

By Courtney P., Real Patient Review*

“I love this place!  I went in to have some moles removed and a couple of laser treatments.  The staff was friendly, the office was really clean and sanitary, and the treatment went great. I would definitely recommend Palo Alto Laser!”

By Courtney P., Real Patient Review*

“I love this place!  I went in to have some moles removed and a couple of laser treatments.  The staff was friendly, the office was really clean and sanitary, and the treatment went great. I would definitely recommend Palo Alto Laser!”

By Carrie M., Real Patient Review*

“I have had three services done at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, including numerous laser treatments by Zuzana. Just before my wedding, Zuzana used the laser to take the redness out of several areas of my skin treated for basil cell carcinoma. I am also in the process of having my tattoos removed.  With just one treatment, my tattoos have faded drastically. Although this is not a spa, the minute I walked in the door I felt pampered!”