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Women today want beautiful clear skin but don’t want the downtime which many lasers and chemical peels require. While good skin care is essential to having radiant skin, many of us need a little boost in achieving these results. Luckily, Dr. Michele Green, one of the best doctors in New York, has the Clear + Brilliant laser, among  her arsenal of lasers, in her Upper East Side office. Clear + Brilliant is an innovative laser which rejuvenates skin tone, dark spots, texture, fine lines, and pore size, with absolutely no downtime. Hollywood celebrities like Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston have incorporated the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment into their regime to maintain beautiful, younger looking skin. The popularity of this celebrity secret is in effortless results with no downtime.

What is  Clear + Brilliant?

Clear + Brilliant® was designed by the same makers of the Fraxel® laser. Clear + Brilliant is often referred to as the “baby-Fraxel” since it has similar results as the Fraxel laser, without any of the downtime associated with traditional laser resurfacing procedures. Thanks to fractionated laser technology, this gentle laser can provide exceptional results in just minutes. Clear + Brilliant was FDA approved in 2011 to treat the visible signs of aging, sun damage, and skin texture. Clear + Brilliant works via fractionated laser technology which is designed to create tiny microscopic treatment areas to stimulate new collagen formation. The result is new, younger, and healthier looking skin. 

One other advantage of Clear + Brilliant is its ability to enhance skin permeability. Directly after the Clear + Brilliant laser is performed, Dr. Green can apply vitamins and anti-oxidants to the skin, to increase the effectiveness of the laser, as the skin is more permeable to the effects and benefits of the anti-oxidants at that time. Dr. Green incorporates her most popular Vitamin C serum (from her MGSkinLabs, Inc line of products) to speed us this process of rejuvenation.

What is the Clear + Brilliant Permea?

Clear + Brilliant has a second  handpiece called the Perméa. The Perméa handpiece utilizes a 1927nm wavelength that has a higher absorption of pigmentation. Since the Perméa handpiece depth is fixed at 170nm, it treats the tissue where the melanin resides. This is why the Perméa is so effective for treating pigmentation, brown spots, sun spots, and melasma, without any down time.  Perméa is safe on all skin types because it targets water, not other chromophores such as pigment.

What are the Benefits of Clear + Brilliant?

Clear + Brilliant treats a myriad of different skin conditions:

  • Sunspots or age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Pore size
  • Acne scars
  • Melasma
  • Skin tone
  • Skin texture

Who is a good candidate for Clear + Brilliant Laser?

One of the benefits of the Clear + Brilliant laser is that it is a “color blind” laser.  This means that patients of all skin types and tones, including patients with deeper complexions, are candidates for this procedure. Many patents with darker skin tones cannot have Fraxel or other fractionated lasers. These patients are now able to benefit from the Clear + Brilliant laser.

Can Clear + Brilliant make melasma worse?

Since the Clear + Brilliant laser is such a gentle laser, it should not make your melasma worse. However, Dr. Green usually recommends cosmelan peels for severe melasma.

What is the Clear+Brilliant Laser Procedure?

Dr. Green applies a topical numbing cream 30 minutes before the procedure. One session takes about 15 minutes, although this may vary depending on the size of the treatment area. After your session, you’ll experience some redness that fades quickly, over the next 20 minutes, with no downtime. Most patients equate the sensation to feeling like a mild sunburn.

The faster healing time and simpler treatment process makes Clear + Brilliant® the ideal solution for non-ablative laser skin resurfacing. Although repeated sessions are recommended for optimum results, many patients notice an improvement in their skin tone and texture following their first treatment. Sessions are scheduled two weeks apart, and most patients reach their desired goals after five or six sessions.

After completing your treatments, you should notice an improvement in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles or scars, diminished age spots and pore size, and a more even skin tone. Over time, the increase in natural collagen production will help your skin look firmer and more youthful as well.

Benefits of Clear + Brilliant® laser treatment

Like other types of laser resurfacing, Clear + Brilliant® physically removes the damaged outer layers of the skin’s surface to reveal the healthy, glowing skin below. At the same time, the laser treatment stimulates new collagen production, helping your skin look firmer and more youthful. Clear + Brilliant®  treatments are simple and gentle, designed to proactively fight the early signs of aging on your face without any downtime after your treatment. The combination of a quick, effective, treatment and zero recovery time, make Clear + Brilliant® the ideal procedure for many patients.

After one session of Clear + Brilliant, you will have a marked improvement, with your skin feeling smoother and brighter.  This first treatment removes the dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis which gives you an immediate radiant glow. In order to have improvement in pigmentation and fine lines, more sessions are needed. These continued treatments produce new collagen and can effect more change. Routine maintenance every three to six months, following the initial treatments, ensures continued collagen renewal with lasting results.

What is the downtime for the Clear + Brilliant laser?

Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser, with no downtime due to this fractional laser technology. Immediately after the treatment, it will feel like you had a mild sunburn with some minor redness. This redness dissipates in 20 minutes after your treatment and is not noticeable. 

Does Clear + Brilliant Hurt?

There is no discomfort after the procedure and skin care products and makeup can be applied directly after your session. You can return to work, to the gym, or home, immediately after your treatment. Since the procedure is so quick, you can easily have the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment done on your lunch hour.

What is the number of treatments needed for Clear + Brilliant?

To achieve the best cosmetic results from Clear + Brilliant, a complete series of treatments, generally 5 to 6 are advised. These treatments should be spaced approximately two to four weeks apart.  Many patients return for maintenance treatments every three to six months, to maintain the positive effects of these laser treatments. The results of Clear + Brilliant can last for years, depending on the patient’s skin care, age, and sun avoidance.

How much does Clear + Brilliant laser cost?

Clear + Brilliant costs approximately $500 per treatment. Medspas and clinics or Groupon may be less expensive than a board certified dermatologist who is trained to perform laser treatments.

What is the aftercare for Clear + Brilliant?

After the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment, the care of your skin at home is quite simple.  Dr. Green recommends cleaning with a gentle cleanser.  Use of a rich moisturizer is encouraged twice a day. Vitamin C serum is advised to be used three times a day, to maximize the skin’s increased ability to infuse these antioxidant into the skin and effect change as a result of the laser treatment.

Can Clear + Brilliant be combined with Botox or other lasers?

Many patients combine cosmetic injectables such at Botox and Juvederm with their Clear + Brilliant procedure. In addition, many patients choose to have Thermage for skin tightening or the V-Beam laser treatment at the same time as the Clear + Brilliant. The V-Beam is the gold standard for facial redness and rosacea with no down time. It makes sense to combine the two lasers, encouraging new collagen and beautiful, radiant skin.

Does Clear + Brilliant tighten your skin?

By producing new collagen, Clear + Brilliant definitely can create some firmness and skin tightening.  However, the gold standard for the best skin tightening results is the Thermage laser. Through radiofrequency technology, and heating of the dermis, new collagen is created with fabulous skin tightening results.

Why choose Clear + Brilliant for laser skin rejuvenation?

Clear + Brilliant is an extremely gentle laser, which can be performed in 15 minutes, with zero down time.  This is the idea procedure for patients, young and old, of all skin types, who are looking for positive results which are quick, easy, and effective.

What are the best lasers for in dermatology?

Patients always ask us what are the “best lasers” in dermatology today. The answer is that there is really no one best laser, but rather the best laser for you, your skin type, and dermatology problem which needs to be addressed. Clear + Brilliant is so popular because every skin tone can have this treatment and there is no down time. Patients are happy with the Clear + Brilliant since it gives your skin back its luster and a radiant glow.

If you are ready to rejuvenate your skin, and to reverse the visible signs of aging, schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green by contacting us online today or call us at 212-535-3088 to see if the Clear + Brilliant laser is the solution for you. 

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