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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 does Clear + Brilliant Laser Treatment do?

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 millions of tiny microscopic treatment zones to stimulate new collagen formation and replace damaged skin. 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 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 us this process of rejuvenation.

What is the Clear + Brilliant Permea laser?

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 Does Clear + Brilliant Laser treat?

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

  • Sunspots or age spots
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines
  • Pore size
  • 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 concerned 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 “micropeeling” response of the skin to the Clear + Brilliant laser. Once this rough skin flakes off, new healthy skin is revealed.

After treatment, the use of 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 is important as well as reducing sun exposure, allowing the sun spots to disappear and new healthy skin to regenerate.

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, help increase the positive results of the treatment, and reduce hyperpigmentation and improve your skin tone. Dr. Green often prescribes a nightly retinol cream to be used to help exfoliate the skin and further treat fine lines and improve both skin tone and texture. 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, fine acne scars, but it 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, dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, can be performed for volume replacement, or to treat time lines 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 “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, Picosure, or other Erbium, CO2, or fractionated lasers. These patients are now able to benefit from the Clear + Brilliant laser.

Contraindications to Clear and Brilliant laser

There are several contraindications to Clear and 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 treatment or within the past six months
  • Irritation or peeling from previous laser procedures or chemical peels

Clear + Brilliant FAQs:  most 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 can be performed in minutes.

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

Clear + Brilliant can be used not just on the face, but on the neck, décolletage, arms, legs, back, or any area of the body. Since there is no recovery time, this procedure can be done at any time without concern for returning to your normal daily activities.

Which skin tones can have Clear + Brilliant?

Since Clear + Brilliant is a “color blind laser,” all skin tones can benefit from this treatment including Caucasian, Asian skin, Hispanic skin, and African American skin.

What kind of laser is Clear + Brilliant?

Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser, which uses fractionated laser technology to address and reverse the visible signs of aging.

Can Clear + Brilliant make melasma worse?

Since the Clear + Brilliant laser is such a gentle laser, it should not make your melasma worse. Dr. Michele Green treats thousands of cases of hyperpimgnetiaon and facial melasma 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 have a tendency to severe melasma, to avoid fractionated laser treatment and consider chemical peels, mesopeels, or Cosmelan treatment.

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.

How does Clear and Brilliant work?

Clear + Brilliant works by creating millions of microscopic in point treatment areas in the skin and induce new collagen formation, and promoting healthy, new, younger looking skin.

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 a quick, effective, treatment and zero recovery time, make Clear + Brilliant® the ideal procedure for many patients.

What to expect after Clear + Brilliant?

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.

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

To achieve the best cosmetic results from Clear and 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 and 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.

How long does Clear and Brilliant last?

The results of Clear and Brilliant are permanent, as long as you avoid the sun, and use SPF daily. With normal aging however, maintenance treatments of Clear + Brilliant are recommended to produce new collagen and have the benefit of continued cosmetic improvement.

What is the aftercare for Clear + Brilliant laser?

After the Clear and 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 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 anti-oxidants to your skin. You can then apply sunscreen and makeup directly after your Clear + Brilliant as there is no downtime at all.

Can Clear + Brilliant laser 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.

Does Clear and Brilliant laser help with wrinkles?

Yes, Clear + Brilliant produces new collagen and helps with tone, texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. Strict sun avoidance is important to prevent new sun damage and wrinkles.

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.

How long do the results of Clear + Brilliant laser last?

The results of Clear + Brilliant are permanent. However, with aging and sun damage, you may require maintenance treatments three or four times a year, to produce new collagen and renew your skin.

Is Clear + Brilliant laser better than Microneedling?

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, texture, and replace damaged collagen with younger, healthier skin.

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 dermatology problem which needs to be addressed.

Is Clear + Brilliant worth it?

Clear + Brilliant is so popular because every skin tone can have this treatment and there is no down time. Patients are extremely happy with the results from the Clear + Brilliant laser treatment since it gives your skin back its luster and a radiant glow.

Dr. Michele Green is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, which require no recovery time. From Fraxel laser treatment, V-Beam laser, laser hair removal, Botox, Juvederm, Thermage for skin tightening, and the best skin care, Dr. Green will customize a unique treatment program to rejuvenate your skin.  If you are ready to enhance your skin, and to reverse the visible signs of aging, schedule a consultation with Dr. 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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