Clear + Brilliant
Clear + Brilliant® Laser Skin Treatment
At our San Mateo clinic, many patients who follow diligent skin care habit at home still benefit from pairing that diligence with professional in-office treatments. The passage of time inevitably brings wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging. Our board-certified dermatologists offer Clear + Brilliant laser skin treatments to help Burlingame and Palo Alto patients prevent the effects of aging and preserve a healthy glow in their skin.
To see how a professional skin care treatment can help refresh and restore your face, you can request a consultation or give us a call at (650) 344-1121. We’ll be happy to explain the procedure and help you decide whether it’s right for you.
How It Works
Precision is the key to Clear + Brilliant treatments. Through the guided Intelligent Optical Tracking™ System (IOTS™), the Clear + Brilliant handpiece is able to essentially map the surface of your skin and pinpoint the trouble spots.
From there, the handpiece delivers laser energy to the deeper layers of the skin that are most sensitive to early signs of aging. The laser energy, in turn, triggers the body’s natural healing process, stimulating collagen production. The result: smoother skin and a more radiant skin tone.
Am I a Good Candidate?
While many people can benefit from Clear + Brilliant treatments, it’s important to consider your goals when weighing it against other procedures and options. Here are a few signs that Clear + Brilliant is likely a good choice for you:
- You have healthy skin care habits already (or plan to adopt them in the near future).
- You already like the way your skin looks, and would like it to remain this way for the years ahead.
- You don’t feel you need major correction, and invasive treatments such as surgery or more in-depth skin resurfacing seem like they’re “too much” in your case.
If these ring true, it’s probably time to request a consultation. If you are seeking a more dramatic improvement to your skin, you may want to look into Fraxel® laser treatments. And if you’re looking specifically to smooth out wrinkles and add volume to the face, dermal fillers may be a better choice.
From start to finish, a Clear + Brilliant treatment generally lasts about 30 minutes. We’ll begin by applying a topical numbing cream to the face to minimize any potential discomfort. Then it’s time for Clear + Brilliant to get to work: We’ll actively guide the handpiece along the target area, treating your skin with the help of IOTS.
Once treatment is over, there is no downtime. You may go about your day as normal and may generally resume your home skin care regimen that evening — although it’s best to discuss the specific products you use with us to make sure. Some peeling in the days after treatment is normal, because the skin is repairing itself by expelling damaged cells.
Frequently Asked Questions
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient, but for the most effective results, patients usually opt for multiple treatments. Others schedule routine Clear + Brilliant treatments to experience the benefits over and over again, but this is not a requirement. In your initial consultation, we will examine your face to get a better idea of how many treatments would be appropriate for your goals.
Clear + Brilliant is safe for all skin tones. It’s non-ablative, meaning the treatment does not burn or wound the skin’s surface. However, if you are predisposed to keloid formation or excessive scarring, Clear + Brilliant may not be right for you. You will also need to hold off on treatment if you have had a BOTOX® or dermal filler injection within the past 2 weeks.
A few other rare exceptions may also preclude you from treatment. Your dermatologist will bring up all these exceptions with you in detail during the initial consultation. You may need to hold off on treatment a few days depending on the area of treatment. Consult with your provider about recommendations.
Healthy skin requires a comprehensive approach, and even a professional treatment like Clear + Brilliant is only a part of it. It’s important to eat antioxidant-rich foods (brightly colored fruits and vegetables), minimize your alcohol intake, cleanse and moisturize your skin regularly, avoid smoking altogether, and get adequate sleep to give your skin time to rejuvenate.