Clear and Brilliant Laser
The Clear and Brilliant lasers are manufactured by Solta Medical, an aesthetics devices company headquartered in Hayward, California. Solta Medical have been making laser skin care technologies for over a decade, and have developed other treatments like Thermage, Fraxel and Liposonics. Clear & Brilliant is one of the company’s skin revitalising treatments, and was designed for routine skin maintenance rather than an intensive treatment.
Solta Medical suggests that the treatments with this laser can complement a regular skin care routine, the way a facial or a clay mask would. However, in early 2014, the company was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals, and although Solta Medical devices may be integrated into the overall Valeant product offering, it remains to be seen how the Clear and Brilliant line will be affected by this change.
Technology behind Clear & Brilliant Laser
The idea behind the Clear and Brilliant laser is very similar to other laser treatments available on the market, with Photothermolysis being it’s principle method of action. The device amplifies light energy and shoots it into the skin. This energy can either vaporise cells completely, as is the case with an ablative laser, or can cause slight damage to the dermis layer, thus stimulating the body’s healing response and speeding up the regenerative process. To differentiate the Clear & Brilliant treatment from other devices, Solta Medical states that this laser is softer, and even suggests that laser treatments with this device can be part or a regular skin care routine. However, because of the potentially dangerous technology behind it, this device is not available for consumer purchase, and can only be administered by a licensed physician. Unlike most other treatments, the Clear and Brilliant laser is not marketed as a solution to get rid of acne, reduce appearance of wrinkles, or remove scars. Instead, the procedures are suggested as a preventative measure to allow the skin to rejuvenate more quickly, thus slowing the development of aging skin. However, because the technology in its current form is relatively new, it remains to be seen whether Clear and Brilliant results are worthwhile in the long term.
During the Procedure
Solta Medical suggests that the design of Clear and Brilliant allows it to be used virtually painlessly, without the need for significant recovery time. The laser energy in this model is believed to be weak enough to avoid serious damage due to cell ablation, and instead aims to resurface skin gradually. When you come in for your Clear and Brilliant treatment, your physician may place a topical numbing treatment on your skin to reduce discomfort, and place an eye guard over your eyes. The physician will then move the handheld tool along the surface of your skin, delivering powerful bursts of energy throughout the process. The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish, and the patient is usually able to return to work right away. A special serum will be applied by your physician right after the Clear and Brilliant treatment to help the skin recover faster and protect it from UV radiation. It is advisable to avoid direct sunlight right after treatment, as your skin will be in a weakened state and will not be able to use its natural defenses effectively. The Clear and Brilliant results will not become apparent after treatment, as it will take several days for the damaged layer of skin to be replaced by fresh, healthy skin. In order to see more visible results, Solta Medical suggests the need for 4-6 treatments, and the procedure will need to be repeated once every few months to maintain the effect.
Side Effects of Clear and Brilliant
Although the Solta Medical website suggests that this laser treatment is safe, there is a chance of burning and itching for several days after treatment. Clear and Brilliant is also counter indicated for anyone with rosacea, eczema, lupus, and a variety of other conditions that your physician will assess before treatment.
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