The Clear + Brilliant laser can unveil beautiful skin without the need for extended downtime or invasive treatments. Dr. Allan Wulc, a quadruple board-certified plastic surgeon at W Cosmetic Surgery, is proud to offer Philadelphia-area patients Clear + Brilliant treatments in Plymouth Meeting, PA. A type of laser skin resurfacing treatment, Clear + Brilliant is sometimes known as “Baby Fraxel.” It uses the same technology as Fraxel laser but at a reduced intensity for a less-invasive treatment.
Table of Contents
- What is the Clear + Brilliant System
- Why Choose Clear + Brilliant?
- Preparing for Laser Skin Resurfacing
- The Clear + Brilliant Procedure
- Possible Side Effects of Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Clear + Brilliant and BBL
- Why Choose Dr. Wulc?
- FAQs about Clear + Brilliant
What is the Clear + Brilliant System?
The Clear + Brilliant system is a laser skin resurfacing treatment that is designed to help reverse or prevent the earliest signs of aging. This advanced skin resurfacing treatment uses fractional laser technology to deliver powerful, yet gentle energy into the upper layers of the skin. After treatment, healthy, fresh skin cells gradually replace the damaged skin cells in the treated area, resulting in a refreshed, rejuvenated look.
Why Choose Clear + Brilliant?
Clear + Brilliant in Plymouth Meeting, PA, allows you to fight the earliest signs of aging without having to resort to more invasive treatments or laser skin resurfacing treatments that involve more downtime. The Clear + Brilliant system is designed to be a simple way to help prevent signs of aging and keep your skin looking its best.
Each treatment session is quick, usually taking no more than 30 minutes. Since there is no downtime needed, you can work Clear + Brilliant treatment sessions into your regular schedule, similar to the way you visit a salon for a haircut or a spa for a manicure.
Am I a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The best candidates for laser skin resurfacing in Philadelphia are people who want to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles, shrink or reduce their pores, reduce dark spots, and/or achieve a smoother skin texture.
The Clear + Brilliant treatment is perfect for men and women who want to prevent or reverse early signs of facial skin aging. It is ideal for healthy adults of any age who are looking to improve the appearance of their skin.
Clear + Brilliant is safe and gentle but is not appropriate for every patient. You may not be a good candidate if you:
- Have skin conditions such as melasma, rosacea, skin cancer, eczema or psoriasis.
- Have a history of keloid formation or excessive scarring.
- Are immunocompromised.
- Are taking photosensitizing medications or are otherwise sensitive to light.
- Are taking systemic steroids (such as prednisone).
- Are using retinoids.
- Are currently treating acne with isotretinoin.
- Have recently had another cosmetic procedure (such as another laser skin resurfacing treatment) or have received cosmetic injections within the past two weeks.
Your Consultation in our Philadelphia Office
Dr. Wulc offers consultations for Clear + Brilliant and other laser skin resurfacing procedures at W Cosmetic Surgery, located just minutes away from Philadelphia, PA. During your consultation, Dr. Wulc will describe the treatment to you and give you information on what to expect.
He will also examine your skin and discuss your goals with you, to determine whether Clear + Brilliant or another laser skin resurfacing option is appropriate. Dr. Wulc will be happy to answer any questions you have during your consultation.
If the doctor believes that you are a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing, he will recommend a number of treatment sessions and give you tips and advice on protecting your skin after treatment with Clear + Brilliant.
Preparing for Laser Skin Resurfacing
Dr. Wulc will give you detailed instructions and let you know exactly what to do to prepare for laser skin resurfacing. Usually, preparation is minimal before Clear + Brilliant treatments. If you have been using retinoids, you’ll most likely need to stop using them at least two weeks before you start treatment and for the duration of the treatment series.
The Clear + Brilliant Procedure
The Clear + Brilliant procedure is quick and simple. Many patients are in and out within 30 minutes. Before the procedure begins, you have the option of having lidocaine (numbing) ointment applied to the treatment area. The ointment will minimize any discomfort you may feel during the laser treatment.
During the procedure, you will wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser. Your treatment provider will guide the Clear + Brilliant handpiece over your skin. Treatment usually takes anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes. Immediately after the procedure, your provider might apply a skincare serum or a sheet mask to the skin.
Recovering from Laser Skin Resurfacing
Recovery times vary after laser skin resurfacing procedures. Fortunately, Clear + Brilliant offers patients one of the shortest recovery times. Immediately after the treatment, you will want to avoid sun exposure, skip wearing makeup, and use a gentle lotion or moisturizer to protect your skin.
Some redness or puffiness of the skin is common immediately after a Clear + Brilliant treatment. Usually, these side effects go away after a day or two. As your skin sheds the dead, damaged cells, you might notice some flaking or that your skin feels rough for a couple of days.
Typically, people notice that their skin looks more refreshed and rejuvenated within five days of treatment. There is no need to take time off from work or avoid social activities. You might, however, want to wear a hat when you go outdoors to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is also essential.
What Are The Possible Side Effects/ Risks of Clear + Brilliant?
Side effects after Clear + Brilliant are minimal. The skin might look red and puffy and can feel dry to the touch immediately after treatment. Flaking of the skin is common as the damaged skin cells will gradually fall away to make room for newer, healthier cells.
How Does Clear + Brilliant Compare to BBL?
Broadband light phototherapy (BBL) and Clear + Brilliant both use light energy to rejuvenate the skin. But the two treatments aren’t identical. Clear + Brilliant might be the better pick for some patients and BBL for others. One way the two treatments differ is in terms of how they treat skin issues. Clear + Brilliant uses fractional laser technology while BBL uses intense pulsed light.
The two treatments also differ in terms of what type of concerns they treat. Both will help reduce dark spots and improve skin texture, but only Clear + Brilliant will help to reduce wrinkles and reduce the size of pores. If you have tried BBL and haven’t been happy with your results, you might want to give Clear + Brilliant a try.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Wulc for Clear + Brilliant?
Dr. Wulc has been helping patients in Plymouth Meeting and the greater Philadelphia area look and feel their best since 1986. He specializes in facial rejuvenation using both surgical and non-surgical techniques and is pleased to offer patients the option of preventing signs of aging through Clear + Brilliant.
If you want to get a jumpstart in the fight against aging, call W Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a Clear + Brilliant consultation with Dr. Wulc today.
My journey started with me acknowledging the deep vertical lines above my lips, and wanting to try to minimize them without drastic procedures. I researched micro-needling and thought it might help. Through some online searches, I found that Gina, Angel In White, at W Skin Studio performed this service. My toe was officially in the water. I got a series of rolling sessions, which led to a series of IPL sessions. I knew that although these procedures gave me much better skin, my deep wrinkly friend "The Road Map" was still surrounding my mouth and torturing my existence. So I asked Gina about fillers. She referred me to Dr. Wulc for a consultation. I did a round of Belotero, which was fabulous.....but I realized it was going to be a lot of maintenance. At a follow up appointment, I asked what Dr. Wulc would recommend. After discussing it with him and his trusty sidekick, Nurse Debbie, I decided to go with ablative laser resurfacing, heavy around the mouth and under the eyes, and light on the rest of the face. I think when I started with the micro-needling, I knew deep down I would need "The Big Guns". My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Wulc and his artistic talent, and the entire staff, most noteably Debbie, who solidified my decision, Gina who is helping me keep the fantastic result, and to Tara, a welcoming comfort in the front office. My life has changed tremendously!Read more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Clear + Brilliant
How many Clear + Brilliant treatment sessions will I need?
How many sessions you will need depends on your personal goals and what skin concerns you are trying to resolve. People who want to prevent signs of aging or who have minimal skin damage often get the results they want after a single session. Other patients find that making Clear + Brilliant part of their routine skincare regimen helps them get optimal results.
What type of results will I get?
Results vary from patient to patient, but many people report softer skin and improved overall skin texture. It is also common for patients to report that their skin seems to “glow” after treatment.
When will results appear?
Initial results typically appear about a week after the first treatment session. As the skin continues to heal and exfoliate, results will improve. Depending on the condition of your skin, your age, and how well you protect your skin from the sun, you can enjoy the results from treatment for several months.
Can I have Clear + Brilliant if I have already had another type of laser skin resurfacing treatment?
Although Clear + Brilliant is often marketed as a “starter” laser treatment for people who are just starting to notice the signs of aging, it can also be performed as a maintenance treatment for people who have had other laser skin resurfacing treatments in the past. If you have had another laser skin treatment, your skin must be fully healed from your last session before you schedule Clear + Brilliant.
Can I combine Clear + Brilliant with other non-invasive treatments?
Clear + Brilliant doesn’t combine well with other minimally-invasive treatments. If you have recently had Botox or another type of injection, it’s recommended that you wait at least two weeks before you begin Clear + Brilliant.
What can I do to improve my Clear + Brilliant results?
You can improve your results after Clear + Brilliant by protecting your skin from sun exposure and by using a hydrating serum or moisturizer regularly.
If you want younger-looking skin that seems to glow from within with no downtime, Clear + Brilliant at our Philadelphia practice might be right for you. Learn more about this innovative laser skin resurfacing treatment by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Wulc at W Cosmetic Surgery in Plymouth Meeting, PA today. Call 610-828-8880 to book your appointment or fill out our contact form.