Two weeks ago, I had my virginal experience with fractional laser treatment at Erase Clinic, trialling their new Clear & Brilliant Laser. Developed and produced by the same company that brought us Fraxel and Thermage.
You will need to consult a specialist prior to the treatment to ensure that you’re the right candidate for it. We agreed to start with ‘medium’ setting for my skin and ‘high’ for my neck area. Yes, that’s me sans makeup, your lucky day!
What is Clear & Briiliant Laser?
Is a laser that uses fractional laser technology to helps to prevent early signs of aging and the treatment has minimal downtime. The laser energy creates millions of microscopic treatment zones in your skin, replacing damaged skin with healthy, younger looking tissue. Basically what it does is the laser gently pricks into your skin to encourage collagen production, cell renewal and increases cell turnover. Results is almost instant and you can feel/see results straight away post treatment.
Prior to the treatment, having my face cleansed and topical anaesthetic massaged onto my skin for 15- 20 minutes.
During treatment – the black tube is actually a super cooling machine that blasts cool air to minimize discomfort during treatment. The laser felt like needle pricking on the skin, doesn’t hurt whatsoever but I could feel my skin instantly felt very hot. Certain areas were more uncomfortable than other areas particularly closer to the hairline and forehead. I would say the whole treatment wasn’t painful it was rather bits of discomfort. We also chatted throughout the treatment process, clearly it wasn’t hurting.
Note how red my cheek is as compared to my forehead area that hasn’t been treated.
This picture was taken immediately post treatment, see the redness around my face and neck? My skin felt really hot so it was bliss to lay under the cooling machine to ‘chill’ the skin.
What result should I expect from Clear & Brilliant Laser?
- Rejuvenated, fresh looking skin
- Smoother, fresher looking skin (eliminating lines/wrinkles/age spots/freckles)
- Improved tone and texture
- Natural radiance and glow
- Simply, clear + brilliant skin
How many treatments do I need?
Generally speaking, on average people will need 3 – 6 sessions 4 weeks apart depending on skin’s condition. Erase encourages to have 3 session and decide from then on if you require more or just go in for maintenance every 6 months.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is 25-40 years old who is experiencing first signs/first stage of aging will benefit the most from Clear & Brilliant Laser. Great for anyone who wants to maintain a younger looking skin.
It is the only laser system noted to be classified in between the less aggressive or common topical peels/solutions and the more aggressive or ablative cosmetic and laser aided treatments.
In my case: I am 27 and I did it because A) I was curious B) I have been dying to trial Laser treatment and C) It has come to the point in life that no matter what skincare product I’ve used, my skin seemed to be dull and tried looking. I needed that boost and didn’t want to go all the way with Fraxel/Thermage. Consequently, Clear & Brilliant Laser was the perfect fit for instantly rejuvenating my skin and help prevent first sign of aging for me.
Can I have Clear + Brilliant Laser if I have already had other cosmetic procedures?
Clear + Brilliant Laser may be complementary to most other cosmetic procedures like fillers, Thermage, or Botox. I had fillers and had C + B L on my nose without any issues. Always flag any concern during your consultation to ensure everything is covered.
Potential side effects (I think this is important to take note so you know what you’re up for):
- Prolonged redness (I had redness on my skin for approximately 7 days)
- Swelling (I experienced swelling for approximately 12 hours and applied ice pack couple of hours post laser)
- Blistering (N/A)
- Scarring (N/A)
- Infection (N/A)
- Pigmentary Changes (Be extremely cautious post laser to apply sunscreen as your skin can be prone to tanning)
- Acne Flare-Up (Due to skin surface layer being damaged, you need to wait for the dead skin cell to shed and if the skin renewal process goes on too slow the dead skin cell can potentially block skin and cause acne breakout)
What results can I expect to see?
The results of treatment are both immediate and progressive. A few days after the treatment, your skin will start to feel softer, look brighter, with improved tone, texture and radiance. You can expect to see:
- Naturally radiant and glowing skin
- Visibly illuminated skin tone
- Renewed, ultra-soft and smoother texture
- Skin that looks clear and brilliant
Stay tuned for my before & after treatment pictures and I will be blogging monthly updates for the next couple of months with my treatments.
Each treatment is AUD$350 and if you purchase 3 sessions, it will be AUD$1,000 and you’ll get a set of full size Jan Marini skincare kit.
Erase Clinic is the first salon in Australia that brought in this fractional laser and is also the only salon in Victoria that has it.