FAQs Clear & Brilliant
What is the Clear + Brilliant procedure?
The Clear + Brilliant is a non-ablative laser that is able to address issues such as discoloration, melasma, age spots, textural irregularities, enlarged pores and skin tone. Multiple treatments allow the patient to obtain improvement with little to no social downtime. Regular treatments not only give your complexion a glowing appearance but also improve your skin’s health, keeping the aging process at bay. We recommend 4-6 treatments spaced no less than 3-4 weeks apart.
How is the procedure performed?
Light energy targets water in the skin and is delivered in pinpoint beams. These create controlled injuries in the epidermis and superficial dermis. These small areas heal with increased collagen and remodeling with minimal recuperation time. The entire face is treated in one 20-30 minute session. The neck, chest, and back of the hands may also be treated very safely and effectively. The Clear + Brilliant laser uses two energy wavelengths, 1927nm and 1440nm. Both of these are safe for all skin types. The 1440nm targets textural skin issues such as pore size and skin tone, and the 1927nm is used to address issues closer to the skin’s surface like pigmentation and dullness.
Is the Clear + Brilliant laser painful?
There is some warmth with each pulse of light. In order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, we recommend Topicaine numbing cream which can be purchased in our office. In some cases we may have you arrive one hour prior for prescription strength numbing, in which we will inform you beforehand.
Are there any risks or side effects of treatment?
Very mild redness and slight swelling after each treatment are expected. This may be followed by slight flaking 3-4 days later. Serious side effects are rare, but most can be avoided by proper sun avoidance before and after the procedure and following the post-procedure instructions. Possible adverse effects include discoloration (lightening or darkening), prolonged redness, swelling, and extremely rarely infection or pinpoint scarring. During the treatment, shields are worn to protect the eyes. If you are prone to cold sores, you will be given an antiviral medication to take before treatment to prevent the activation of cold sores.
What do I need to do to maintain my results?
The best way to maintain results is to protect the skin from the sun. A few Clear + Brilliant treatments per year are helpful to keep brown spots and fine lines at bay. At home antioxidants, such as Skinceuticals CE Ferulic/ Phloretin and products to minimize pigmentation such as SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 and a retinol may also help maintain the beneficial effects. We will help you choose the right products for your skin at the time of the treatment.
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Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Krauss Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Wellesley, MA office directly to schedule – (781) 416-3500.
Krauss Dermatology serves the greater Boston area.
*Individual Results May Vary*