You watch what you eat, exercise, try and get enough sleep, wear sunscreen and protective clothing and really try to take care of your body and your skin. But in the back of your mind, you wonder if you can do more, especially to take care of your facial skin. At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Serebrakian offers, Clear + Brilliant.
WHAT IS CLEAR + BRILLIANT?
Clear + Brilliant is a non-invasive laser treatment whose goal is to provide proactive care for your face. Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser that refreshes the skin from within. The laser energy is directed at target areas on the face where the laser energy creates thousands of microscopic holes in the upper layers of the skin. The body reacts to these perceived injuries by replacing the damaged skin with new, younger-looking tissue.
Clear + Brilliant addresses an unmet need in skin care, lying somewhere between over-the-counter or spa treatments and more aggressive treatments such as Fraxel.
HOW DOES CLEAR + BRILLIANT TREATMENT WORK?
The first step in your Clear + Brilliant treatments will be to meet with one of our registered nurses to be sure Clear + Brilliant is a good option for you. At the beginning of your treatment, we apply a topical numbing cream to your facial skin to alleviate any discomfort. When your skin is numbed, the Clear + Brilliant handpiece is moved across the target areas for approximately 15-20 minutes.
The laser energy creates thousands of microscopic punctures through the epidermis down into the skin’s second layer, the dermis. This will trigger the “wound response”, where the body builds new skin cells, remodels existing collagen in the area, and initiates the production of new collagen to “heal” the perceived wounds. In reality, the tiny punctures are fully healed in just a few hours.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
At Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, we tailor your Clear + Brilliant treatments to your unique skin. A series of treatments seem to work best for most of our patients, with between three and six sessions. Each treatment lasts from 15-20 minutes depending on the areas being treated. After those initial sessions, many women continue to come in for ongoing occasional maintenance treatments.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY
“I’m always happy when I come here because everyone is so nice. It’s like a little family.” – Laura G.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CLEAR + BRILLIANT?
At Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery, we think of Clear + Brilliant in the same way we think of good skin care products, wearing sunscreen, and taking care of yourself. The benefits are that you’ll look younger for longer. Maintaining the firmer, more youthful appearance of your skin has benefits that go far beyond simple skin tone, too!
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM CLEAR + BRILLIANT?
After these treatments, your skin will feel softer and have an improved tone and a radiant glow. The results of Clear + Brilliant are both immediate and progressive. Within a week or two, your skin will start to feel softer, look brighter, and show more even tone. These are some specifics:
- Improvement in the look of fine lines
- Reduction in the appearance of large pores
- Improvement in skin tone and texture
- Improvement in the skin’s overall appearance
IS CLEAR + BRILLIANT RIGHT FOR YOU?
Clear + Brilliant is designed as a preventative sort of procedure, intended to head off many of the issues with facial aging before they show themselves. It is designed for younger patients who are looking to take control of the aging process. These are the characteristics of a good candidate for Clear + Brilliant:
- You already have a skin care regimen that protects your skin from the sun and the environment.
- You like the way your skin looks today, and are seeking to keep it looking that way for years, fending off premature aging.
- You want to boost the results of what you are currently doing for your skin.
- You don’t have the time (and aren’t really a good candidate) for aggressive skin resurfacing.
IS CLEAR + BRILLIANT SAFE FOR MY SKIN?
This is a very low-risk procedure. This is not an aggressive skin resurfacing treatment. It is sometimes referred to as “Baby Fraxel” because it is so easy to take. After your treatment, you may have some redness on the treatment areas, but this resolves usually within 12 hours or so. The day after your treatment, your skin will feel a little tight and slightly itchy, but this completely normal and just your skin getting busy with the renewal process.
IS THERE DOWNTIME AFTER CLEAR + BRILLIANT?
There is no downtime. This is an easy-to-take treatment. As mentioned, you’ll have some slight redness and your skin will be a little tight for a couple of days. Simply apply a good hydrating cream and you’ll be good to go. Avoid the sun for a week or so and don’t exfoliate or use retinoids or peels on your skin for a week.