ABOUT CLEAR + BRILLIANT
Offered at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology since 2012, Clear + Brilliant has become a popular corrective laser treatment with our San Francisco patients. With minimal downtime, this treatment improves tone and texture and gives the skin a radiant, youthful glow. This gentle, non-invasive treatment also reduces the appearance of pores, leaving your skin smooth and soft. Working in tandem with the specialized Perméa handpiece, C E Ferulic® by SkinCeuticals — a topical product applied immediately after the laser treatment — penetrates deeply into the skin to optimize results, helping redness and swelling to dissipate quickly. Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology patients find, with a series of treatments, Clear + Brilliant Permea minimizes the appearance of pigmentation caused by both sun damage and melasma - which is notoriously difficult to treat.
Clear + Brilliant Reviews
"I have been a patient of Kathleen Welsh for a few years now and I will continue to go back to her for years to come. Dr. Welsh helped me clear my severe hormonal acne through both topical medications and oral medications. I have also received laser treatments to clear the scarring and redness caused by my acne. Fr. Welsh is the most understanding, kind, and smart doctor I have seen and I highly recommend her to anyone in anyone in need of dermatology services."- S.D. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2020
"I highly recommend Dr. Steven He. I have had melasma and Nevi of Ota from on my cheeks and temples for the past 15 years. I’ve tried treatments from other dermatologists, including hydroxychloroquine cream, with no improvement. I’ve also met with other laser treatment centers, who presented cookie cutter treatments. However, I’ve seen friends and family get rebound hyperpigmentation on their face from aggressive dose of laser therapy. For Asian skin, sometimes the dose of laser and strength of chemical peels have to be adjusted due to skin sensitivity. As an Asian female physician, I was cautious about who to trust. I chose Dr. He because I heard he has lots of experience with Asian American patients. I started seeing him a few months ago, and I am extremely confident in his skills. He is thoughtful about his approach and tailors his treatment plan to the individual patient. I have had 5 treatments, starting with chemical peels to remove superficial melasma, and now transitioned to laser treatments for the darker spots. The spots have significantly lightened. I recently saw my family, who had been hounding me for years about my spots, and they could not even notice the spots! I am extremely satisfied with Dr. He’s care. He is a knowledgeable, conscientious, effective physician."- W.T. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2020
"Dr. Steven Y. He is absolutely amazing! I have visited several dermatology offices around the country and Dr. He is the first to really make a difference and listen to my concerns no matter how big or small. If you have Rosacea (honestly any skin concern run to Dr. He!) I have had 3 vbeam laser treatments by him and always feel at ease under his care. I appreciate his vast knowledge, and attention to detail. I ask many questions and I never feel rushed. He takes his time and really cares about his patients. Just recently he even noticed a mole I had never noticed while he was doing treatments and cares not only about the cosmetic side of dermatology but the true health and safety of your skin. I notice a huge difference in my rosacea and can’t wait to continue more treatments under his care. He has a less is more approach, and patience which I appreciate. Thank you Dr. He for helping my skin glow and making me feel my best without any makeup!"- J.B. / Yelp / Oct 22, 2020
"I am not exaggerating when I say that Dr. Andrea Hui Austin is a LIFE CHANGER. I’ve been seeing her for almost two years now for treatment of my rosacea and acne and skin is clearer than it’s ever been, clearer than I ever hoped it would be. I first started seeing Dr. Austin in 2019, a few months after I turned 31. I’d been diagnosed with rosacea in middle school and had otherwise had fairly clear skin until I reached college. In college, I started breaking out more and more frequently until my acne was basically chronic. Some people in my family had late-bloomer acne, so I told myself it would probably just clear up as I got older, and I tried to take the best care of my skin that I could in the meantime. I tried every OTC treatment under the sun, went on different diets, and saw a series of dermatologists who put me on a range of topical medications and oral antibiotics. Nothing made much of a difference and by my late 20s I’d was so close to giving up and resigning myself to having bad skin for the rest of my life, although it made me feel miserable.That’s when I realized that the one thing I hadn’t tried was seeing a dermatologist who specializes in treating rosacea. I did some googling and Dr. Austin’s name came up again and again, so I scheduled a consult. My expectations weren’t high, given how little luck I’d had before. But Dr. Austin completely blew me away in the consult. Not only was she able to explain why my rosacea was causing these breakouts, but I was blown away by her empathy; she started the appointment by asking me to tell her about my history of rosacea and acne and after I went through the litany of things I’d tried she said, "I’m so sorry you had to go through that." It made me tear up to feel like someone cared and understood how much having bad skin can take a toll on self-esteem.She started me on a routine of oral medication and new topical skincare products, and did an excellent job of answering all my questions and explaining how each product or medication worked and why it was necessary. I noticed a difference in my skin within weeks, and once the breakouts were more under control we began a series of laser treatments to help tame the rosacea. As my skin continued to heal and improve, the treatments became less frequent, and I’m now at the point where I only have them a few times a year. My skin has healed enough that she’s also able to address the scarring I have from acne and, honestly, that’s a milestone I never thought I’d reach until I started working with her. She’s continued to be a thoughtful and kind person, celebrating the milestones with me as my skin healed, remembering details about my personal life, and engaging me in conversation during the treatments; I feel like she really cares.As a bonus, the whole BACD staff is competent, professional, and friendly. They keep things running smoothly, call/email back quickly, and have a very flexible auto-ship program that sends my topical products to me four times a year. BACD has done a sterling job of adapting to the pandemic--they’ve put up signage, spaced out appointments, created physical distance in the waiting room, and changed their payment process so you pay in the treatment room. I’ve noticed some other places get lax with these types of measures as the pandemic has gone on, but BACD has been incredibly consistent, which I appreciate.If you have rosacea and acne, Dr. Austin is your gal. She’s truly and completely changed my skin in a way I never thought possible. I highly, highly recommend her!(The photos I’ve included from her office are from before the acne scarring treatment; the personal photos I included are after one acne scarring treatment. No digital filters, no makeup or concealer in any of these photos!)"- L.S. / Yelp / Jan 18, 2021
"I have been seeing Dr. Austin for almost 3 years now for acne scars treatment and my skin is totally transformed. People think I look at least 10 years younger than my age. I would say that my acne scars have been improved by 80% after multiple sessions of tca cross and laser genesis. Most of my ice pick scars have filled in. Recently I also had Fraxel laser to improve the shallow scars , black spots, and overall skin texture. Dr. Austin is amazing and she cares about her patient. She would call me after the procedure to make sure that I was doing fine. She also responded very quickly on all my questions related to post-procedure. Now my skin has been improved further after fraxel laser. I will continue to see Dr. Austin for other treatments to keep my skin young and heathy so I don’t age. Thank you Dr. Austin and her team. I also wanted to express my appreciation for Mary Krempa who has been doing my laser hair removal for. Now that my skin is so soft. I am happy with the results."- L.C. / Yelp / Feb 14, 2021
For the patient who would like smoother, firmer skin with smaller pores, the original Clear + Brilliant is a great treatment option. Clear + Brilliant is also great for anyone who would like an anti-aging treatment that prevents wrinkles and textural changes. For patients who would like to treat pigment in the skin, Clear + Brilliant Permea is an even better option. Patients may also combine both treatments to effectively target both depths that the two handpieces reach.
What are the benefits of Clear + Brilliant?
Many people turn to procedures like facelift surgery to revive their appearance and feel better about their skin. Clear + Brilliant is an excellent option for anyone who wants to achieve a youthful glow without plastic surgery or downtime. This treatment is especially ideal for treating a wide range of issues at once. So if you have problems with skin tone and texture, as well as sun damage that makes you feel self-conscious, Clear + Brilliant can help. Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology patients love the long-lasting results they've experienced from treatment.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A topical numbing cream will be applied by one of our medical assistants 30 minutes prior to your treatment to ensure comfort. After this numbing period, one of our trained RNs will perform your treatment, gently guiding the Clear + Brilliant handpiece across the treatment area. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the treatment and describe the treatment as feeling a bit hot or “prickly.” Cold air may be used in conjunction with the treatment in order to make the treatment even more comfortable. The treatment time varies depending on the size number of areas treated but typically lasts about half an hour. A topical antioxidant serum will be applied to the skin immediately after treatment. A refreshing biocellulose masque may also be applied for 10-15 minutes after treatment.
Patients may feel hot and have a “sunburned” look typically for 1 hour, and up to 24 hours, after their treatment. Swelling is not common but can occur. It is safe to apply makeup immediately following the treatment to camouflage this appearance. The treatment area will also feel rough or “sandpaper-like” for 5 to 7 days and will exfoliate slowly. Typically, patients report seeing visible improvements following a series of 4 to 6 treatments, although patient experiences vary. Clear + Brilliant treatments may also be used to maintain the results of Fraxel Repair. Our staff will discuss a personalized regime for your to help achieve your goals.
Clear + Brilliant FAQ
Does Clear + Brilliant hurt?
Some patients may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, describing the sensation as “hot and prickly”; however, at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, we will apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area before we begin to keep you comfortable during the entire procedure. Our experienced RNs will gently glide the handpiece over the treatment area, ensuring maximum comfort and optimal results. We may also incorporate cold air into the procedure to enhance comfort levels.
How long does a Clear + Brilliant treatment session last?
Your treatment session time will vary depending on how many areas you wanted to be addressed, but typically, a session will last about 30 – 45 minutes.
How long is recovery after a Clear + Brilliant treatment?
Patients may experience a “sunburned” look for 1 – 24 hours after their treatment and minor swelling. The treated area will feel rough for up to a week as the skin exfoliates, but you can go back to your normal routine immediately.
When do you see results with Clear + Brilliant?
Most patients will typically see noticeable results after 4 – 6 treatments, although results may vary according to a patient’s skin health.
How long do the results from Clear + Brilliant last?
Depending on age, skin condition, skin health, and how well you protect your skin, many can expect their results to last for months. At Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology, we may recommend a maintenance session every 2 – 3 months according to your skin’s needs.