Clear + Brilliant® in Marin County

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About Clear + Brilliant®

At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology in Marin, dermatologist Tracy Evans and her team are excited to perform Clear + Brilliant laser skin treatments for their patients who want to achieve younger-looking, healthier skin. Laser skin care treatments with the advanced Clear + Brilliant system are able to provide an impressive range of improvements for the skin. Texture and tone can be addressed, fine lines, acne, and large pores can be reduced, and an overall refreshed and revitalized appearance results. Clear + Brilliant is Solta Medical's most recent advancement in anti-aging technology. As the pioneers of fractional laser treatments, they have a proven history of success with nearly one million treatments. If you are ready to battle or prevent the visible signs of aging or environmental effects on your skin, Clear + Brilliant can help. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Evans soon to harness the power of laser energy to rejuvenate your skin.

Best Candidates

Clear + Brilliant is a very gentle laser treatment that is safe for all skin tones, light to dark. Ideal candidates for Clear + Brilliant are typically in their 20s – 40s and are showing the early signs of aging or want a head start on preventing these signs. However, it is safe to use for any age group. Men and women who can benefit the most from the treatment want to:

  • Lighten melasma and other hyperpigmentation
  • Improve the tone and texture of their skin
  • Shrink or minimize the appearance of their pores
  • Brighten dull or damaged skin
  • Smooth light wrinkles and fine lines

Procedure Technique

For at least one week prior to your treatment, you will need to avoid prolonged sun exposure, wear liberal sunscreen, and discontinue using retinoids. Sun damage can cause extra sensitivity to the laser, which can lead to poor outcomes.

A Clear + Brilliant treatment at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology generally lasts around half an hour. Before the actual treatment process, we will apply a numbing cream to your treatment area for 15 – 20 minutes to allow for maximum comfort. Once your numbing cream has taken effect, an experienced professional will use the Clear + Brilliant laser handpiece to gently create microscopic injuries on the skin's surface. These micro-injuries trigger the body's healing response so that the damaged skin is sloughed off, and fresh, new skin emerges. The healing process also generates more collagen production, which means your results will continue to get better over time. 

Following your Clear + Brilliant procedure, we will apply an antioxidant serum to your treatment areas. You may also opt to have a cooling mask before you leave the office.

What to Expect

Following your Clear + Brilliant session, you may experience some slight redness of the treatment area that typically reduces over the span of a few hours. You may also notice that your skin is slightly pink and/or swollen, itchy, sensitive, or rough feeling for a few days following the procedure. These are all signs of your skin's healing process and should be gone within a few days. You may want to use cold compresses and to sleep in an elevated position the first night to help with the swelling.

For most patients, the healing process lasts about seven days. Once your skin is fully healed, it will appear fresher, smoother, and more youthful. One Clear + Brilliant treatment is enough for many patients, but results do vary, and some patients require a series of sessions to reach their desired outcomes. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Clear + Brilliant cost?
The cost of a Clear + Brilliant treatment can vary, depending on the size of the treatment area and the degree of damage that needs to be addressed. At your consultation, Dr. Evans will evaluate your complexion and ask you to explain the results you would like to see. She will be able to give you an estimate of your cost with this information. At Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera, we often offer skin treatment specials and packages so ask about current specials during your visit.

How does Clear + Brilliant work?
Clear + Brilliant treatments use a gentle laser to create microscopic wounds, or micro-injuries, in the skin’s top layers. These injuries cause your body to kick into a high mode of healing in which the skin cells are turned over, damaged cells are sloughed off, and brand new, undamaged skin cells emerge. Part of the body’s natural healing process also involves generating more collagen, the protein that is responsible for keeping our skin firm and supple.

Is Clear + Brilliant safe?
Yes. In fact, it is even safe for dark skin tones, which most laser treatments are not. Clear + Brilliant is a minimally invasive procedure utilizing a non-ablative fractional laser and is considered the gentlest type of laser resurfacing treatment. However, there is a possibility of complications or side effects with any laser procedure so it is very important to receive your treatment from a board-certified dermatologist.

How should I prepare for Clear + Brilliant?
Dr. Evans requires all of her Clear + Brilliant patients to begin prepping their skin at least one full week before the day of their appointment. This includes avoiding retinol products, skipping sun exposure, and slathering on the sunscreen — even though you shouldn’t be spending time outdoors. If you do need to be outside more than a few minutes, you should also wear a hat and protective clothing along with your sunscreen.

How often should I schedule Clear + Brilliant sessions?
This varies from patient to patient, but the majority of patients should not schedule sessions closer than two weeks apart. Some patients get the results they want with sessions every 2 – 3 months while others may want one session per month. Other patients may have a cluster of sessions fairly close together and then wait a year to do it again. The schedule Dr. Evans will recommend for you will depend on your skin type, complexion issue, and how long your healing process takes, among other factors.

Gain Fresher, Healthier Skin

Whether you want to prevent the signs of aging or improve the texture of your skin, Clear + Brilliant can provide safe, effective results. Dr. Evans and her team perform this advanced laser procedure to help their patients achieve the healthier, fresher, brighter complexions they want to see in the mirror. Schedule an appointment at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology Corte Madera to join the many men and women who love the results of their Clear + Brilliant treatments.

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