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Clear and Brilliant Laser by Solta

  • Consultation: 15 min
  • Procedure: 20 to 30 min
  • Recovery: possibly 1 to 3 days
  • Cost: $400-$500 (depending on package chosen)

Solta Medical has a brand new Laser called: Clear and Brilliant.

I believe that this laser will be greatly appreciated by patient with sensitive skin and patients with a darker skin complexion. I have written extensively about Olive and Ethnic skin and appropriateness of laser for this group of people. The Clear and Brilliant laser is ideally suited with patients with darker skin color. It addresses superficial skin imperfections, large pores, fine lines and helps lift the skin.

I have treated patients with Asian and Hispanic background with no post inflammatory hyper or hypo-pigmentation. In other words, I have not noticed any light or dark spot arising from the laser treatments.

The procedure takes about 20 minutes and is performed after the application of a topical numbing cream. Redness lasts approximatelly for a few hours and patients can return to work relatively quickly. Post operative care is minimal and includes sunscreen and moisturizers. A series of 3 to 5 treatments are needed to achieve long lasting results.

Please make an appointment for a complimentary consultation to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Protecting Your New Skin

For treatments associated with Clear + Brilliant, new skin (epithelium) will start to form within 24 hours but will remain covered by the old superficial layer of the skin (stratum corneum). This new skin formation usually lasts for 4 days, but can be longer for some skin types. During that time, normal exfoliation will reveal the repaired skin tissue. You can protect it by avoiding aggressive exfoliation and by applying moisturizers and sun screen frequently.

Sun Protection

Sun exposure before and during treatment can increase the risk of unwanted pigmentation. After treatment the skin is more sensitive to the sun, which can increase the risk of unwanted pigmentation and sunburn. Post-treatment individuals should plan to use a high SPF sunscreen on a regular basis. Ideally, a dual UVA/UVB sunscreen should be applied containing both a physical sun block (either or both zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) with a sun protection factor of 15 of above. Applying sunscreen helps maintain good results. In general, it is recommended that direct sunlight is avoided and to wear sun-protective clothing (i.e. a wide-brimmed hat) when possible.

Routine Skin Care

Most skin care products can be used the day after treatment. Avoid the use of retinoids and topical corticosteroids for 1 – 2 weeks before and after treatment. Avoid systemic steroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone) throughout the course of the Clear + Brilliant treatment.

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Note: None of the above is intended as medical advice.