You take care of your skin — you apply sunscreen, eat a healthy diet, follow an exercise routine, and have facials and other skin treatments. But you wonder if there is anything else you can do to forestall the inevitable signs of aging on your face. Clear + Brilliant laser treatments at Saltz Plastic Surgery and Saltz Spa Vitoria are that next step.
What is Clear + Brilliant?
Clear + Brilliant basically is meant to cheat Father Time, to forestall the visible signs of aging. Clear + Brilliant is an FDA-approved laser treatment that is meant to be preventative maintenance for younger patients who are looking to take control of the aging process. It basically addresses aging issues before they really show themselves, creating millions of microscopic holes in the upper layers of the skin; the body reacts by replacing the damaged skin with new, healthy, glowing tissue. There is no downtime with Clear + Brilliant. These treatments at Spa Vitoria present an interesting pre-care of sorts, rather than working to rejuvenate the skin after it has been damaged.
Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser that refreshes the skin from within. The laser energy is directed at target areas on the face where the laser energy creates thousands of microscopic holes in the upper layers of the skin. The body reacts to these perceived injuries by replacing the damaged skin with new, younger-looking tissue.
Dr. Saltz feels Clear + Brilliant addresses an unmet need in skincare, lying somewhere between over the counter or spa treatments and more aggressive treatments such as fractional laser skin resurfacing.
How do I know if Clear + Brilliant would be a good treatment for me?
With all of the time we spend outdoors in Utah, our Spa Vitoria/Saltz Plastic Surgery patients are especially cognizant of the potential for skin damage and accelerated signs of aging. Clear + Brilliant is designed as a preventative sort of procedure, intended to head off many of the issues with facial aging before they show themselves. It is designed for younger patients who are looking to take control of the aging process.
These are the characteristics of a good candidate for Clear + Brilliant:
- You already have a skincare regimen that protects your skin from the sun and the environment.
- You like the way your skin looks today and are seeking to keep it looking that way for years, fending off premature aging.
- You want to boost the results of what you are currently doing for your skin.
- You don’t have the time (and aren’t really a good candidate) for aggressive skin resurfacing.
How is a Clear + Brilliant treatment done?
The first step in your Clear + Brilliant treatments will be to meet with one of our Spa Vitoria Master Estheticians to be sure Clear + Brilliant is a good option for you. Next, we apply topical numbing cream to your facial skin to alleviate any discomfort. When your skin is numbed, the Clear + Brilliant handpiece is moved across the target areas for approximately 15-20 minutes.
The laser energy creates thousands of microscopic punctures through the epidermis down into the skin’s second layer, the dermis. This will trigger the “wound response” you want, where the body builds new skin cells, remodels existing collagen in the area, and initiates the production of new collagen to “heal” the perceived wounds. In reality, the tiny punctures are fully healed in just a few hours.
To ensure the best results, Clear + Brilliant uses the patented Intelligent Optical Tracking™ System. This makes sure the handpiece maintains proper contact with your skin and provides uniform application to all the treatment areas.
The final step of Clear + Brilliant is to apply a topical serum or a biocellulose masque to your skin, depending on your unique needs.
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How is Clear + Brilliant different from fractional laser skin resurfacing?
That description above probably sounds just like fractional laser skin resurfacing, but there is a difference. Clear + Brilliant uses a less intense laser that is far gentler to the skin. This lower energy level is ideal for treating the superficial skin issues, such as small fine lines and wrinkles and minor sun damage, that make up a younger person.
Fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments (such as our Pearl Fractional) use higher energy lasers that penetrate more deeply into the dermis layer of the skin than does the laser in Clear + Brilliant. Fractional resurfacing requires some recovery time due to its more aggressive intent, and it is meant for more serious skin damage, everything from acne scars to more prominent wrinkles and areas of hyperpigmentation. At Spa Vitoria, our Clear + Brilliant patients don’t yet need that degree of skin resurfacing.