Procedure Time1 hour
Risks & ComplicationsMild redness and swelling
Treatment Plan4 - 6 sessions + maintenance
Treatment Recovery1 day
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We offer Clear + Brilliant® in Vancouver, at our Surrey clinic. This novel facial laser is made by Solta Medical, the company behind the uber-popular, ‘gold standard’ in skin rejuvenation, the Fraxel® laser.
That’s right: Fraxel® has a ‘cousin’ in the limelight, and it’s wooing celebrities and taking center stage on social media.
Clear + Brilliant® attracts patients who want to maintain their skin’s youthful glow, but without the downtime associated with stronger laser treatments. It’s the perfect high-tech, ‘pick me up’ for glowing, more youthful-looking skin.
In 2022 and 2023, Clear + Brilliant® was named NewBeauty’s “Best Low Downtime Laser” for its annual Beauty Awards. In 2022, it was named Cosmopolitan’s, “Best Facial Laser.” In 2021, it was named NewBeauty’s “Best Laser for Beginners” and InStyle’s “Best Treatment in Your 20s.” In 2020, it was named NewBeauty’s “Best Laser for Glowy Skin.”
It’s been featured in GQ, Marie Claire, Vogue and other high-profile media.
It boasts over 2.5 million treatments performed worldwide.
Clear + Brilliant® has been Health Canada and FDA-cleared since 2011. It’s also had its CE mark in Europe since 2011.
What is there to love about Clear + Brilliant® laser treatments in Vancouver?
- Sessions only require about an hour (but can go longer, depending on the treatment area)
- The treatment requires little to no downtime
- The machine’s Optical Tracking® system ensures the laser makes correct contact with skin, to avoid ‘missed spots’, or under-treated spots
- It can be used on darker skin tones (where other, stronger lasers may be too risky)
- It can be combined with serum applications to give skin an extra ‘boost’ during treatment sessions
What can Clear + Brilliant® laser treatments be used for?
Clear + Brilliant® is a laser facial for rejuvenating the look of skin. To that end, it can be used to:
- Create softer, smoother skin on the face, neck, chest, arms or other areas
- Bring back a ‘glow’ to dull skin
- Reduce photodamage, such as brown spots, hyperpigmentation and redness
- Address early signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles
- Maintain the effects of past laser treatments
- Shrink large pores
- Make skin more permeable to absorb topical skin care products
- Reduce acne (in some people)
- Reduce the appearance of acne scars (in some people)
Clear + Brilliant® can also be combined with other procedures, such as Ultherapy® and injectables, like Botox® and filler. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll discuss your concerns and provide a plan tailored to your needs.
How does Clear + Brilliant® work?
Clear + Brilliant® is a type of fractionated laser, just like our fractional CO2 laser and our Fraxel® DUAL laser. This means that instead of taking off a ‘sheet’ of skin, the laser creates many microscopic holes in the skin to purge out dead skin cells. This forces skin to produce more collagen as it heals. It’s skin rejuvenation with much shorter downtime than stronger lasers.
However, since Clear + Brilliant® is not as strong of a treatment as the fractional CO2 or Fraxel® DUAL, it will work in a slower way, requiring more treatments to see more impactful results.
The fractional CO2 or Fraxel® DUAL, on the other hand, can create much faster, more noticeable results, but with longer downtime.
In other words, the Clear + Brilliant® laser is designed to maintain healthy-looking skin with several, routine treatments.
Like the Fraxel® DUAL, the Clear + Brilliant® uses two wavelengths. One is a 1927 nm laser. It is called the Perméa handpiece. However, instead of being a thulium laser (like on the Fraxel®), it uses a diode laser at a much lower energy level.
In addition, the Clear + Brilliant® offers its original, 1440 nm diode handpiece (as opposed to the 1550 nm erbium laser on the Fraxel®).
The newer, 1927 nm Perméa handpiece works more superficially on the skin, where it can be absorbed by melanin. In this way, it can address hyperpigmentation, brown spots and melasma.
The original, 1440 nm handpiece works a little deeper in the skin, where it can be absorbed by water. This is where it can boost collagen to address fine lines, large pores and skin dullness.
Pro tip: each laser has its own benefits and use cases. The fractional CO2 or Fraxel® DUAL can also be used on ‘lighter’ settings, for shorter downtime, if they’re needed for your case. We’ll let you know which laser we think is best for your case!
What is a Clear + Brilliant® treatment like?
During your treatment appointment, a trained laser aesthetician will start by cleansing your face.
A topical numbing agent will be applied to the treatment area, to help keep you comfortable.
A laser technician will pass the laser over your treatment area quickly, in a gliding motion, but in pulses. You will hear a beeping sound to indicate the pulses.
Your face may feel a little ‘hot’, similar to getting a sunburn. However, the treatment is tolerable.
After the laser passes through the entire treatment area, your skin will be cooled for 10 to 15 minutes.
Before you leave the clinic, sunscreen will be applied.
Is there downtime with Clear + Brilliant® laser treatments? What about side effects?
There is very little to no downtime with a Clear + Brilliant® laser treatment. You may experience some mild redness and swelling on the day of your treatment. This should subside within 24 hours or so.
Some people also experience temporary flaking, roughness or an acne ‘purge’ a few days or weeks after their treatment.
To avoid side effects, it will be pertinent to apply good-quality, high SPF mineral sunscreen every two hours (even on cloudy days and when staying indoors). You should avoid sun exposure for the first week after your treatment.
A post-procedure skin care routine may also be recommended after your treatment.
Those who are pregnant should not undergo a Clear + Brilliant® treatment.
Those who have tanned or sunburned skin will not be eligible for a Clear + Brilliant® treatment. This includes those using pigmenting lotions or sprays (i.e. spray tans and self tanners).
Other contraindications include serious skin conditions (such as cancer or infections), troublesome skin conditions (such as actinic keratosis, melasma, eczema, etc.), keloid predisposition, and some medications (such as isotretinoin, steroids or others).
A doctor at our clinic will screen you prior to getting a Clear + Brilliant® laser facial. You may still be eligible to undergo this treatment despite some of the above contraindications. All potential side effects will be given to you during your consultation.
How many Clear + Brilliant® treatments do I need to see results?
While every patient’s needs are different, and can be customized, most people require four to six initial treatments to see the effects of the Clear + Brilliant® laser. These are typically spread one month apart.
Thereafter, routine maintenance may be needed, typically every three to four months.
Results can last for months, or even years, depending on each person’s originating skin condition and reaction to the treatment. The way you care for your skin after treatments will also have an impact on how long your results can last.
During your consultation, we will come up with a custom plan, tailored to your skin.
Note that results begin to appear after one to two weeks of a treatment session. They can also vary from person-to-person.
Unlike CO2 skin resurfacing or Fraxel® DUAL treatments, this laser facial is much gentler. That means you won’t get as big of a ‘punch’ with each treatment. So, you’ll have to be patient to see results. You’ll also need to be diligent to complete your treatment series.
What is the cost of Clear + Brilliant® laser treatments in Vancouver?
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Each person’s results can vary with Clear + Brilliant® treatments. So the end-cost to see results can also vary.