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With minimalism and natural-looking results trending in makeup and fashion, many patients want beautiful, clear skin but don’t want the downtime that many lasers and chemical peels require. While good skin care is essential to having radiant skin, many of us need a little boost to achieve 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 that 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.

Clear + Brilliant laser can be used to address and prevent a host of skin concerns in just minutes. The combined intelligent optical tracking and fractionated laser technology of the Clear + Brilliant laser are used to create thousands of controlled microscopic wounds in the skin efficiently. This increases the skin’s permeability so that beneficial ingredients, like vitamin C, are more effective. The laser treatment also induces the natural wound-healing process of the skin, which results in the production of new collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that provides it with a firm foundation and contributes to a youthful appearance. The result of treatment with Clear + Brilliant laser is healthier and more radiant skin.

Dr. Michele Green in New York City is an expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology with over two and a half decades of experience providing some of the most discerning men and women from around the world with the best non-invasive solutions for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine, and is known for embracing a ‘less is more’ philosophy and holistic approach to skin revitalizing treatments. After an in-depth discussion regarding your specific skin concerns and personal cosmetic goals, Dr. Green will work with you to create a customized treatment approach that incorporates the skincare and minimally invasive procedures that are most suited to your situation, and that will leave you looking and feeling your best.

What does the Clear + Brilliant do?

Clear + Brilliant® was designed by the same makers of the Fraxel® laser: Solta Medical. Clear + Brilliant is often referred to as the “baby-Fraxel” since it has results similar to the Fraxel laser without 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 millions of tiny microscopic treatment zones to stimulate new collagen formation and replace damaged skin. The result is new, healthier-looking skin and a youthful glow.

Another advantage of Clear + Brilliant is its ability to enhance skin permeability. Directly after the Clear + Brilliant laser is performed, Dr. Green can apply serums and antioxidants to the skin to increase the effectiveness of the laser, as the skin is more permeable to the effects and benefits of the antioxidants at this time. Dr. Green incorporates her most popular Vitamin C serum (from her MGSKINLABS, Inc. line of products) to speed up the process of skin rejuvenation.

How does Clear + Brilliant laser treatment work?

The Clear + Brilliant laser is a great skin rejuvenation treatment that caters to those who are looking to achieve a brighter complexion, even skin tone and texture, and a youthful glow without any downtime. Clear + Brilliant utilizes fractional laser energy to create thousands of microscopic injuries to the skin. This triggers the skin’s natural healing processes, including skin cell turnover and the production of collagen, the protein in the skin that provides structure, firmness, and youthfulness. This method allows the superficial skin cells containing sun spots and age spots to exfoliate, making way for new, healthy skin cells with an even skin tone and texture. With each Clear + Brilliant laser treatment, visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and dark spots, are diminished. Typically, around six treatments are needed to achieve the best results, though many people incorporate Clear + Brilliant laser treatments as a part of their regular skin care treatment regimen.

How does the Clear + Brilliant treatment available at Dr. Green’s dermatology office rejuvenate the skin?

The popularity of the Clear + Brilliant laser comes as no surprise, as the quick, non-invasive procedure creates a youthful and rejuvenated complexion with absolutely zero downtime. Clear + Brilliant laser uses fractional laser energy to create thousands of tiny, microscopic thermal injuries to the skin, stimulating the skin’s natural healing processes to reveal healthy, new skin cells and a brighter complexion. The rate of skin cell turnover is faster with Clear + Brilliant laser treatments, meaning the top layer of dead skin cells holding dark spots are sloughed off and replaced by new skin cells that are more even in skin tone and texture. These microscopic treatment zones also allow for greater penetration of skincare products applied afterward, such as the popular MGSKINLABS, Inc. Vitamin C Serum, delivering maximum benefits of the active ingredients. The smart technology and advanced precision energy delivery system in the Clear + Brilliant handpiece allow for dependable results and no downtime.

What is the Clear + Brilliant Permea laser?

The Clear + Brilliant laser 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 downtime. Perméa is safe on all skin types because it targets water, not other chromophores such as pigment or melanin.

What is Clear and Brilliant laser good for?

Clear + Brilliant Laser treats a myriad of different skin conditions, including:

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

How many treatments of Clear + Brilliant laser do I need?

The number of treatments of Clear + Brilliant laser is designed based on your skin’s concern and desired treatment. Typically, Clear + Brilliant laser is performed every 3 to 4 weeks, with an average of 5 treatments. Each treatment takes approximately 15 minutes, and there is no recovery time. After your laser procedure, the treated areas may feel like fine sandpaper, which is not noticeable to others. This rough, dry skin represents the “mico-peeling” response of the skin to the Clear + Brilliant laser and is easily improved by applying moisturizers. Once this rough skin flakes off, new healthy skin is revealed.

After treatment, using antioxidant serums, such as MGSKINLABS, Inc. Vitamin C serum, is very important to apply to the treated areas, as it accelerates the positive results from the Clear + Brilliant treatment. In addition, daily sunscreen, with SPF 50, is important as well as reducing sun exposure, allowing the sunspots to disappear and new healthy skin to regenerate.

Does Clear + Brilliant work?

Yes! The Clear + Brilliant laser is an excellent non-invasive option for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging. Clear + Brilliant, often referred to as “mini-Fraxel,” can achieve a more even skin tone and skin texture with zero downtime, making it a perfect “lunchtime” procedure for those with busy lives. Using fractionated laser energy, Clear + Brilliant is able to stimulate skin cell turnover and collagen synthesis to make way for healthy new skin cells and soften or eliminate fine lines as well as dark spots, sun spots, and age spots. Undergoing Clear + Brilliant treatments also allow for skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin and deliver the maximum benefits of the active ingredients. Many people, including celebrities like Drew Berrymore, have incorporated the Clear + Brilliant laser in their regular skin care treatment regimen to maintain a youthful glow and bright complexion.

What is the best skincare to use with the Clear + Brilliant treatment?

Using the best skin care regimen is essential to maintaining the positive results of Clear + Brilliant laser treatment. Daily use of antioxidants, such as Dr. Green’s Vita-C-Serum, helps increase the positive results of the treatment, reduce hyperpigmentation, and improve your skin tone. Antioxidants like vitamin C help the skin fight free radical damage and environmental toxins to maintain skin health and improve the overall appearance of your skin. Dr. Green often prescribes a nightly retinol cream to be used to help further exfoliate the skin, treat fine lines enlarged pores, and improve both skin tone and texture through collagen stimulation. Her MGSKINLABS, Inc. line of products is replete with antioxidants and serums, which help to maximize new collagen production and healthy glowing skin.

Why board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green loves Clear + Brilliant laser treatment

Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is a gentle yet effective skin resurfacing treatment, which is ideal for all skin types. Not only does Clear + Brilliant improve the appearance of pore size, pigmentation, and fine acne scars, but it also improves the overall surface of the skin. Clear + Brilliant laser can be combined with other cosmetic procedures during the same office visit since there is no downtime or interaction with any other treatment.

Many patients combine Clear + Brilliant Permea treatment with the Vbeam laser treatment at the same time. This way, pigmentation, redness, and skin texture are all treated with one visit, and there is absolutely no recovery time. During this same visit, Botox injections and dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra, can be performed for volume replacement or to treat timelines and wrinkles. Dr. Green loves the Clear + Brilliant laser because it can be combined at the same visit with so many other treatment options to maximize the best cosmetic results.

Who is a good candidate for Clear + Brilliant Laser?

One of the benefits of the Clear + Brilliant laser is that it is a gentle “colorblind” laser. This means that patients of all skin types and skin tones, including patients with deeper complexions, are candidates for this procedure. Many patients with darker skin tones cannot have Fraxel, Picosure, or other Erbium, CO2, or fractionated lasers, as there are risks of unwanted side effects such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. These patients with darker complexions can now benefit from the Clear + Brilliant laser.

Contraindications to Clear + Brilliant laser

There are several contraindications to Clear + Brilliant laser. Some of the most common ones are outlined below:

  • Active infections, open wounds, cold sores, inflammation.
  • Diagnosis of a photosensitive autoimmune disease such as Lupus or Scleroderma
  • Sensitivity or disorder to UV light
  • Propensity to keloid formation
  • Current Isotretinoin (Accutane) treatment or within the past six months
  • Irritation or peeling from previous laser procedures or chemical peels

What are the side effects of Clear + Brilliant?

The most common side effects of Clear + Brilliant include the following:

  • Minimal erythema
  • Minimal swelling

These side effects are very mild and temporary, typically only lasting 30 minutes. Skin dryness may occur as the skin undergoes its exfoliating process, with many people describing the skin as feeling like “fine sandpaper” for a day after the C + B laser treatment. Dryness is improved by applying proper moisturizers and Vitamin C Serum.

Rare side effects of Clear + Brilliant include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Milia formation
  • Cold sore activation
  • Skin infections

Benefits of Clear + Brilliant® 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 quick and effective treatment and zero recovery time make Clear + Brilliant® the ideal procedure for many patients. Another benefit of Clear + Brilliant is that it is a “colorblind” laser, meaning it can effectively treat all skin types and skin tones. Because Clear + Brilliant is gentle and does not depend on melanin, it is safe to use even on darker skin tones.

What to expect after Clear + Brilliant laser

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. More sessions are needed to improve pigmentation and fine lines. These maintenance treatments produce new collagen for continued improvement. Routine maintenance every three to six months following the initial treatments ensures continued collagen renewal with lasting results.

Clear + Brilliant FAQs: Common questions asked to Dr. Michele Green about the procedure

Below are the answers to the most common questions asked about Clear + Brilliant Laser. Clear + Brilliant laser is one of the most popular treatments in Dr. Green’s NYC private Upper East Side office since there is no recovery time, and it can be performed in minutes.

What is the difference between Clear + Brilliant and Clear + Brilliant Permea?

The Clear + Brilliant system features two distinct handpieces specially designed to treat specific skin concerns. The Original Clear + Brilliant handpiece operates at a wavelength of 1440 nm to target fine lines, pore size, and overall skin complexion. The goal of the Original handpiece is to boost collagen production. The Permea handpiece operates at 1927 nm wavelength to treat pigmentation, such as sunspots and age spots, and improve skin tone. Both treatments are excellent options for skin rejuvenation and achieving a youthful glow. Neither handpiece is inherently better than the other, as each targets distinct skin concerns. Depending on your specific skin type and aesthetic goals, either the Original or the Permea handpiece will be selected by the provider. Both handpieces can be alternated at each treatment session to achieve the best results.

Which areas of the body can you have Clear + Brilliant?

Clear + Brilliant can be used not only on the face but also on the neck, décolletage, arms, legs, back, or any area of the body for skin rejuvenation. Since there is no recovery time, this procedure can be done anytime without concern about returning to your normal daily activities. The Clear + Brilliant laser is a quick procedure, and many patients at Dr. Green’s office come in for a quick “lunchtime” skin rejuvenation treatment and return to work immediately after.

Which skin tones can have Clear + Brilliant?

Since Clear + Brilliant is a “colorblind laser,” all skin tones can benefit from this treatment, including Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, and African-American skin. The Clear + Brilliant laser is a gentle treatment that does not depend on melanin or pigment but rather targets the water in the skin, so it is safe to use on darker skin tones for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation.

Is Clear + Brilliant a Fraxel laser?

Clear + Brilliant and Fraxel are two different lasers manufactured by the same company, Solta Medical. Clear + Brilliant is often referred to as a “Baby Fraxel” as it targets similar skin concerns more gently. Clear + Brilliant is a gentle fractional laser that creates thousands of small pinpoint injuries to the skin to stimulate natural regenerative processes to build collagen and trigger skin cell turnover. The Clear + Brilliant laser has two distinct settings: the Original 1440 nm handpiece stimulates collagen to improve pore size, fine lines, and signs of aging, and the Permea 1927 nm handpiece works more superficially on the skin to target pigmentation, such as sun spots and age spots. Because Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser, there is no downtime necessary, and you can return to normal daily activities immediately after the treatment. The gentleness of this laser means it is safe to use on all skin types and skin tones, including darker skin and Asian skin.

Fraxel Dual is also a fractionated laser that creates thousands of controlled and precise micro-injuries to the skin to induce the natural wound-healing process of the skin. Fraxel Dual laser contains two distinct settings to target similar skin concerns as Clear + Brilliant. The 1927 nm wavelength Thulium laser in Fraxel Dual targets pigmentation, skin discoloration, age spots, and sun damage. The 1550 nm wavelength Erbium component of Fraxel Dual improves skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and acne scars. Because Fraxel penetrates more deeply than Clear + Brilliant, there is mild downtime associated with Fraxel. If the 1550 nm setting is used, there will be some redness and swelling for about 48 hours. If the 1927 nm setting is used for pigmentation, there are about 5-7 days of downtime, similar to a sunburn. There is some redness during the first two days; then, the skin flakes off like rough sandpaper. Fraxel is not catered to Asian skin or darker skin tones, and an ideal candidate is Fitzpatrick skin types I-III. Fraxel also should not be performed as a treatment for melasma, as laser treatments can worsen the appearance of melasma.

Can Clear + Brilliant make melasma worse?

Since the Clear + Brilliant laser is such a gentle laser, it should not make your melasma worse, but it is not the ideal treatment for melasma. Dr. Michele Green treats thousands of cases of hyperpigmentation and facial melasma for all skin types in her NYC office. However, Dr. Green usually recommends chemical peels, Mesopeels, and Cosmelan peels as the best treatment to remove facial melasma.

Can Clear + Brilliant cause hyperpigmentation?

Dr. Green advises her patients who tend to develop severe melasma to avoid fractionated laser treatment and consider chemical peels, mesopeels, or Cosmelan treatment. The risk of developing hyperpigmentation from Clear + Brilliant is minimal, as it is a very gentle laser. However, any lasers have a risk of developing or worsening hyperpigmentation or triggering post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Suppose you are prone to hyperpigmentation or have melasma. In that case, you are highly encouraged to consult with expert, board-certified Dr. Michele Green to determine if Clear + Brilliant is the best and safest treatment option for you.

What can I expect during the Clear + Brilliant treatment?

Dr. Green applies a topical numbing cream 30 minutes before the procedure to minimize any discomfort. 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 make Clear + Brilliant® the ideal solution for non-ablative laser skin resurfacing. Although repeated sessions are recommended for optimal 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.

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?

The Clear + Brilliant laser does not hurt. Applying a topical anesthetic prior to the treatment will minimize any potential discomfort for a smooth and quick skin rejuvenating procedure. 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 from home immediately after your treatment. Since the procedure is so quick, you can easily have the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment done during your lunch hour.

How many Clear + Brilliant laser treatments does it take to see results?

To achieve the best cosmetic results from Clear + Brilliant, a complete series of treatments, generally 5 to 6 treatments 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 skincare, age, and sun avoidance.

How much does Clear + Brilliant laser cost?

Clear + Brilliant costs approximately $600 per treatment. MedSpas and clinics or Groupon may offer specials or be less expensive than a board-certified dermatologist who is trained to perform laser treatments. The geographic location of the office where you are treated may also impact the total cost of your treatment. Neighborhoods in the U.S., like Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and New York City, are often more costly than other areas. When you consult with Dr. Green in NYC, she will help you develop a customized treatment plan that incorporates the procedures that are best suited to you within your budget.

How long do Clear + Brilliant results last?

The results of Clear + Brilliant are permanent. However, with natural aging and sun damage, you may require maintenance treatments three or four times a year to produce new collagen and renew your skin. To maintain and prolong the results of the Clear + Brilliant laser, it is important to apply sunscreen with SPF 50 and use sun-protective clothing to prevent sun damage and premature aging.

What is the aftercare for Clear + Brilliant laser?

After the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment, the care of your skin at home is quite simple. Dr. Green recommends cleaning with a gentle cleanser. The 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 antioxidants into the skin to maximize the result of the laser treatment.

Can I wear makeup after Clear + Brilliant laser?

You can wear makeup just as soon as your treatment is complete. First, Dr. Green applies Vitamin C serum at the end of the Clear + Brilliant procedure to maximize the impact of the procedure and provide antioxidants to your skin. You can then apply sunscreen and makeup directly after your Clear + Brilliant treatment, as there is no downtime at all.

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

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

Does Clear + Brilliant laser help with wrinkles?

Yes, Clear + Brilliant produces new collagen and helps with skin tone, skin texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. Strict sun avoidance before and after the procedure is important to prevent new sun damage and premature aging. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles and your personal aesthetic goals, Dr. Green may also recommend a combination of dermal fillers, Botox or other neuromodulators, Thermage FLX for skin tightening, and many more. To achieve the bright and youthful skin you are looking for, be sure to consult with expert cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Green, who will customize an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment plan that works for your skin.

Why choose Clear + Brilliant for laser skin rejuvenation?

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

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Is Clear + Brilliant laser better than Microneedling?

Clear + Brilliant is not inherently “better” than microneedling, as each treatment uses different methods for skin rejuvenation. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, uses small needles to produce microscopic injuries to the skin, stimulating the skin’s natural healing process and inducing collagen production. This also allows for skincare products applied afterward to penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver maximum benefits. Many patients choose to alternate between Microneedling and Clear + Brilliant since they work synergistically to produce healthier, younger-looking skin. Both microneedling and Clear+ Brilliant work on tone and texture and replace damaged collagen with younger, healthier skin.

What is better: IPL or Clear + Brilliant?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, commonly known as photo-rejuvenation, uses concentrated wavelengths of light to treat a variety of skin concerns, including broken blood vessels, rosacea, pigmentation, sun spots, age spots, and fine lines. IPL can also be used for laser hair removal. Depending on the wavelength of light used, pigment cells, hair follicles, or blood vessels absorb the light energy and are destroyed. When compared to the Clear + Brilliant laser, IPL is neither better nor worse, as each laser uses different methods to target different skin concerns. If you are concerned with redness, rosacea, or broken capillaries, IPL can improve them, whereas C+B cannot. It is important to note, however, that IPL is not recommended for darker skin tones due to the concentrated melanin, but Clear + Brilliant is suited for all skin types and skin tones. At your consultation with Dr. Green, she will carefully assess your skin and aesthetic goals to determine which laser treatment will work best for you.

Which are the best lasers in dermatology?

Patients always ask Dr. Michele Green, “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 the skin concern that needs to be addressed. With the numerous lasers available in dermatology today, it can be overwhelming to pinpoint which lasers will achieve what you want to improve. Leave it up to expert board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, who is experienced in treating all different skin types, to customize a laser treatment plan that is most effective and safest for your skin.

Does Clear + Brilliant tighten skin?

Clear + Brilliant is an exceptional treatment method for various skin concerns, including fine lines, pigmentation, sun damage, large pore size, and more. Clear + Brilliant is not the ideal non-invasive treatment option for tightening skin. For patients looking to address issues with dullness, skin texture, and tone, Dr. Green often recommends Clear + Brilliant. If skin laxity is a cosmetic concern, Dr. Green typically suggests a Thermage radiofrequency treatment. Thermage is a laser treatment designed to tighten and firm skin through the induction of new collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that provides it with a firm foundation and youthful appearance. Thermage is a painless procedure that can be completed in just over an hour and doesn’t involve any downtime at all.

The cosmetic effects of Thermage continue to improve for six months following initial treatment and last for up to two years. Most patients require only a single treatment session of Thermage radiofrequency for a given area to improve skin elasticity. Many patients combine their Thermage skin tightening treatment with other non-invasive options for skin rejuvenation, including cosmetic injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, as well as skin resurfacing treatments like Clear + Brilliant laser, Fraxel Dual laser, VBeam for redness, or chemical peels. When you consult with Dr. Green, she will work with you to develop a customized treatment approach that addresses each of your concerns and achieves your cosmetic goals.

How long after Clear + Brilliant can I exfoliate?

Patients often ask, When can I exfoliate after Clear + Brilliant? After having treatment with Clear + Brilliant laser, patients should wait seven days before exfoliating. Following a treatment session, patients should adhere to a simple skincare regimen that consists of a gentle cleanser, vitamin C serum, and nourishing moisturizer. When you have your Clear + Brilliant laser treatment with Dr. Michele Green in NYC, she will work with you to ensure that you have the perfect skincare regimen following your non-invasive cosmetic treatments that will maximize and prolong your results.

Does Clear + Brilliant help with acne?

Clear + Brilliant is an excellent treatment option for many skin concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, excess pigmentation, and more. When it comes to reducing acne breakouts, there are other treatments available that are more appropriate and effective than a Clear + Brilliant laser. Acne is a medical skin condition that can be attributed to a number of underlying factors, including genetics, hormones, stress, hygiene, and environment. When excess sebum, dead skin cells, and debris become trapped within a pore, bacteria multiply, leading to the formation of a pimple. It is recommended to be evaluated for acne by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible to prevent the development of acne scars, which are caused by damage done to the skin tissue as a result of inflammation associated with acne lesions.

Dr. Michele Green in New York City is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist with over 25 years of experience treating patients from around the globe for acne breakouts and acne scars. Dr. Green can help determine the underlying causes of acne and formulate a treatment approach that targets the reasons behind the breakouts. Once the breakouts are resolved, focusing on eliminating the signs of aging with other non-invasive cosmetic treatments becomes a breeze.

Is Clear + Brilliant ablative?

The Clear + Brilliant laser is a non-ablative laser that works to rejuvenate the skin and boost collagen production. The gentle laser treatment uses fractional laser technology to create many thermal micro-wounds, which trigger the body’s natural healing response and production of collagen. As a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment option, the Clear + Brilliant laser can safely be used on patients with all skin types and requires no downtime.

How long does Clear + Brilliant take?

Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is a quick and easy procedure to perform, often referred to as a “lunchtime treatment,” since it is quick enough to be performed during one’s lunch break. When you arrive for your appointment, Dr. Green will begin by applying a topical numbing cream about 30 minutes before the procedure to reduce the risk of any potential discomfort. The laser treatment itself only takes about 15 minutes to perform, though the amount of time will depend on the scope of the treatment area. Patients can immediately return to regular activities after the Clear + Brilliant treatment with no downtime required.

How long does Clear + Brilliant last?

The Clear + Brilliant laser treatment provides patients with results that can last for years with the proper skin care and sun avoidance. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s UV rays can speed up the aging process and reduce the effects of Clear + Brilliant treatment, which is why Dr. Green recommends wearing sunscreen of at least SPF 50 whenever you go outside and reapply every two hours. Patients can schedule Clear + Brilliant treatments three to four times a year to maintain an even skin tone and texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and eliminate sun damage.

How often is best to have Clear + Brilliant?

To maintain the results of the procedure, Dr. Green recommends scheduling Clear + Brilliant treatments every three to six months. Initially, most patients will require several treatment sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart to obtain optimal results. On average, five treatment sessions will be necessary, but the exact number depends on the treatment area and the aesthetic goals of the patient. Following the initial round of treatments, routine maintenance can be performed three to four times a year.

Is Clear + Brilliant worth it?

Yes! Clear + Brilliant is immensely popular because patients of every skin tone and skin type can have this treatment without any downtime involved whatsoever. Clear + Brilliant laser treatment refreshes and rejuvenates the complexion, providing patients with a radiant, healthy glow that leaves them looking and feeling like the best version of themselves. With minimal downtime and side effects, the accessibility of the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment is excellent, even for patients with busy schedules. Dr. Michele Green in New York City often suggests Clear + Brilliant laser treatment to her patients and is internationally recognized and appreciated for her holistic approach and ‘less is more’ philosophy when it comes to skin rejuvenation.

She is consistently voted as one of New York’s best physicians by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. She takes the time required to carefully customize a treatment plan for each patient after a thorough consultation consisting of an in-depth discussion of their personal skin concerns and cosmetic goals. Dr. Green specializes in non-invasive cosmetic treatments that don’t require significant downtime, and many procedures can be performed in conjunction complementarily to achieve pan-facial rejuvenation. As an expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green often recommends a unique combination of specially formulated skincare products and in-office procedures such as Fraxel, VBeam, Botox, dermal fillers, Thermage, and more. If you are looking for a way to improve or enhance your skin and reverse the visible signs of aging with minimal downtime and side effects, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green by contacting us online today or call us at 212-535-3088

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