Clear + Brilliant
What is the Clear and Brilliant Fractional laser and how does it work?
The Clear + Brilliant laser provides non-ablative skin resurfacing and is a gentler alternative to a full resurfacing laser for example Fraxel ® laser resulting in minimal to no downtime, minimal discomfort and less risk of complications. It is a treatment option for those who wanting a gradual improvement in their skin texture without interruption to everyday life and is also great for maintenance of healthy, younger skin. It is recommended for darker skin types to reduce the risk of complications like post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
How does it work?
The Laser uses microbeams to create columns of coagulation in the dermis whilst leaving the epidermis (top layer of the skin) intact. The surrounding tissue that is not affected by the laser microbeams is also unaffected which results in faster healing and reduced risk of complications. These areas that are targeted by the laser microbeams undergo healing and with this healing process, create new collagen and elastin which are the building blocks of younger, healthy skin.
What areas can be treated?
The Clear and Brilliant laser can be used on the face and most areas of the body including the neck, chest, and hands.
What skin conditions can be treated?
Fine lines and mild wrinkles
Thin, crepey skin
Acne and other types of scarring
What does the treatment involve?
An initial skin consultation to formulate a treatment plan and to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.
A photographic skin analysis and prescriptive skin care regime may also be implemented at the time of consultation. For the treatment itself, you will need to allow 45 minutes. If required a numbing cream can be applied yourself 1 hour prior to your appointment. At the completion of the treatment, a cool compress can be applied to reduce discomfort. You are advised to bring a hat to protect your skin.
How will my skin look after the treatment?
You skin will experience redness and mild swelling lasting 2-48 hours It may also feel warm for a few hours after the treatment. You will be advised to apply a cool compress on your skin and only use a gentle skin care routine for 4-7 days. You may also experience some roughness of the skin for a few days.
What are the potential complications of the treatment?
Complications are rare but the following may occur:
Pigmentation changes – hypo or hyperpigmentation
Freckles may disappear
Cold sores breakouts
How do I prepare my skin?
A home care regimen will be advised on at your initial consultation, you will need to cease the use of any products containing active ingredients such as retinol 48 hours prior to treatment.
How many treatments do I need?
A series of at least 3-4 treatments at fortnightly or monthly intervals depending on your skin condition and the desired outcome. New collagen deposition will occur over the following 2-3 months and improvement will continue for up to 6 months after your treatment.