About Clear + Brilliant
Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco, CA is proud to provide their patients with laser skin care treatments using the innovative Clear + Brilliant system. This system produces major improvements not only in the texture and tone of the skin but in the appearance of fine lines, acne, and large pores. If you’re battling the effects of aging or trying to address them before the battle even starts, Clear + Brilliant can help. With this simple and gentle laser treatment provided by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tracy Evans, you can help prevent the visible signs of aging and the overall dulling effects that time and the environment can have on your skin. Clear + Brilliant is the latest in anti-aging technology developed by Solta Medical. They are the pioneers of fractional laser treatments with a proven history of nearly one million treatments. The Clear + Brilliant system is designed to deliver powerfully precise laser energy to stimulate a refreshing boost for healthy, younger-looking skin.
Clear + Brilliant® Reviews
"I recently moved to the area and was searching for a new dermatologist for my annual skin checks. Luckily I came across Precision dermatology. First of all, the check-in process was so easy and efficient. Instead of having me fill out tons of paperwork, they had me fill everything out on an ipad and it was as simple as clicking boxes. In no time I was seen by Krystal the PA. Let me tell you that I have never had a more thorough skin check. She checked me from head to toe (even between my toes). She also took pictures and measurements of the moles she wanted to keep an eye on. At the end of the visit she made recommendations on skin care products and laser treatments based on my specific skin type and concerns. She was very informative but never pushy. I highly recommend Krystal and the staff at Precision Dermatology!"- N.P. / Yelp / Dec 04, 2018
"I have been seeing Doctor Evans and her excellent PA, Lauren, for over 2 years. I switched dermatologists in late 2016 as a previous PA failed to diagnose skin cancer on my nose. Another doctor, my GP, noticed the spot and recommended that I immediately get a second opinion. I was lucky enough to get in to see Lauren straight away who moved quickly to biopsy the troublesome area. Unlike the other PA, Lauren was concerned about my symptoms, the length of time I was dealing with them and appearance of the spot. Her depth of knowledge and confident, yet caring demeanor helped put me at ease. Unfortunately, the spot turned out to be aggressive basal cell carcinoma. I was diagnosed in mid Dec and Dr. Evans moved mountains to help book me for Mohs surgery before the Holidays. She also went above and beyond to line up an excellent plastic surgeon in the event my surgery was challenging to close. I am forever grateful as my surgery was quite extensive. At the age of 38, I had 5 rounds of scrapping in a single Mohs surgery which left me with a hole the size of a quarter on my nose. Dr. Evans performed the surgery with skill and ease in her office ensuring I was comfortable throughout the 5-hour operation. I feel incredibly lucky to have seen Lauren and Dr. Evans. It was an emotionally draining process with an unforeseen outcome, but I was given unbelievable care and support from Dr. Evans and her entire staff. Once I healed, they've since helped with regular skin checks and laser treatments to help reduce the appearance of the scar. It has healed beautifully! I've recommended many friends to their practice. While I know at times you can wait for an appointment to begin, to me, it's worth it to ensure I am given superb care."- K.D. / Yelp / Jun 11, 2018
"As someone new to the world of skin care and cosmetics I decided to visit Dr. Evans after hearing some positive reviews from friends who had seen her. I am getting married soon and wanted to know what I could do to look my very best! Dr. Evans was very knowledgeable and explained every option and procedure to me step by step. I decided to start with a Fraxel laser treatment and my skin has never looked better! I have even gone back to get some botox for the first time! It looks so natural and I love it. I would highly recommend Dr. Evans and her fantastic team to anyone who wants to do a little something for themselves and their skin!"- A.B. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2018
"If you're ever out in the Bay Area and you are looking for a dermatologist, check out Precision dermatology. I have been treated for my hyper pigmentation on my R cheek by both Dr. Evans and Lauren, the physician assistant. I have had a few different treatments and finally after having this huge mark on my cheek for over 10 years, They have been able to get it as light as possible. I recommend the IPL combined with the Clear and brilliant laser for dark spots and to restore collagen and to even out the skin tone. I am extremely satisfied with my results and couldn't be happier. Just remember skin is a beautiful thing, wear it well."- S.G. / Yelp / Jun 27, 2017
"I would highly recommend anyone to come to this practice with all cosmetic needs! I have very fair skin and get a lot of freckles and sun damage. I have had fraxel laser done by both Dr. Evans and also Lauren, her PA and I loved how my skin looks and feels after! They both do such an amazing job and make me feel super comfortable."- C.H. / Google / Feb 22, 2018
Both men and women looking to maintain or improve the appearance of their skin and combat the early signs of aging are candidates for Clear + Brilliant treatment. Unlike some other laser treatments, Clear + Brilliant is safe for all skin tones, even darker complexions. Clear + Brilliant laser treatment may be right for you if you relate to any of the following:
- Battling with uneven skin tone and/or texture
- Having dull or damaged skin
- Having large pores
- Battling with hyperpigmentation
- Having freckles on your face that you would like to remove
- Having fine lines and wrinkles
We ask all of our patients to discontinue using their retinol products, avoid extra sun exposure, and consistently wear sunscreen for at least seven days before their treatment.
Clear + Brilliant takes about 30 minutes for each session. When you arrive at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco, we will apply numbing cream 15 minutes prior to the treatment. After the numbing period is complete, we will wash the cream off and start the treatment. Our healthcare professionals will gently guide the Clear + Brilliant handpiece across your target areas. This will be done in several passes to ensure total coverage. Clear + Brilliant utilizes gentle and safe laser technology to introduce micro-injuries to the top layer of your skin. This then stimulates the skin’s natural healing process so that the damaged areas are replaced with new, healthy tissue. This process also stimulates the production of new collagen, which helps the skin appear younger over time.
Immediately after treatment, a topical antioxidant serum will be applied to the skin. Additionally, we can apply a refreshing mask for 10 – 15 minutes after the treatment.
What to Expect
Immediately post-treatment, you may experience some redness, mild swelling, and heat, which typically diminish in under 12 hours. Over the next few days, you may experience some swelling, itchiness, skin sensitivity, or a "sandpaper" texture. These are indications of the natural renewal process and typically dissipate a few days after treatment. Applying cold compresses and sleeping sitting up for the first day or two can help alleviate any swelling.
Your total healing process will last for about 3 – 7 days, and then you will be able to see your full results. One Clear + Brilliant session can leave your skin feeling smoother and younger, giving you the radiant glow that comes from healthy, youthful skin. However, individual results will vary on a case by case basis, and some patients may need more than one session to achieve optimal results.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of a Clear + Brilliant session?
Clear + Brilliant session pricing will depend on the degree of skin damage and the number and size of the areas needing treatment. Dr. Evans will be able to talk to you about how much your treatment will cost after she examines your skin and consults with you about your complexion concerns. Be sure to ask about any skin care packages and/or specials Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco may be offering at your consultation.
How does Clear + Brilliant improve skin?
Clear + Brilliant treatments take advantage of your body's own natural healing process to rejuvenate skin. The gentle laser technology introduces microscopic injuries into the upper layers of the skin that then trigger healing from the inside out. As the micro-injuries are healed, damaged skin sheds off, and healthy, new skin takes its place. This regeneration process also generates more collagen growth, which helps maintain and improve your results even after you are fully healed.
Is Clear + Brilliant safe?
Yes. Clear + Brilliant treatments are done with non-ablative fractional lasers, which means that (a) the top layer of skin is not removed, and (b) it is gentle enough for all skin tones. Clear + Brilliant, sometimes referred to as a "baby Fraxel" or "Fraxel Lite," is the most gentle laser resurfacing treatment. It is important to note that any laser treatment can have complications so it is crucial that your treatment is performed by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
How do I need to prep my skin for Clear + Brilliant?
At least one full week before your appointment, you should stop using retinol products, avoid sun exposure, and wear plenty of sunscreen, even indoors. If you do have to spend time outdoors, it is important to wear a hat and protective clothing along with your sunscreen. Dr. Evans asks all of her Clear + Brilliant patients to follow these steps to ensure their skin won't have extra sensitivity to the treatment.
How often should I have Clear + Brilliant treatments?
The timing of sessions is different with each patient, but most people should not have sessions less than two weeks apart. Some patients have sessions every 2 – 3 months with great results while others need monthly sessions. Some patients choose to group all their treatments in a shorter time span and then wait a year to do it again. Dr. Evans will recommend your best schedule based on several factors, including skin type, the problem being addressed, and your personal healing process.
Gain Fresher, Healthier Skin
Dr. Evans and our team at Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology San Francisco are excited to help patients get the refreshed, rejuvenated complexions they hope for with Clear + Brilliant treatments. Our patients, both men and women, have loved their results and wish they had done it sooner! If you would like to smooth your skin, even its tone, and reduce the signs of sun damage, come in for a consultation at our San Francisco office. You are only days away from a fresher face.
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