You can physically feel great and be in tip-top shape, but if you’re seeing signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and uneven tone, you might not feel like a million bucks. If you’re unhappy with signs of aging that you’ve had for a while or want to take a proactive approach and stop them before they start, Clear Brilliant can tackle both. Call New Image Body Sculpting in Glendale, CA and ask about this innovative skin technology.
What Is Clear Brilliant?
Clear Brilliant is a new fractional laser technology that’s taking the cosmetic world by storm because of its celebrity clients, effectiveness and the fact that it’s non-invasive with no downtime. This gentle treatment can be used as a preventative measure to stave off certain signs of aging. It is mostly used to correct common signs of aging like:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Enlarged pores
- Superficial acne scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Uneven skin texture
What Is a Fractional Laser?
Unlike a single-frequency laser beam of light, a fractional laser uses a device that supplies a laser beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that focus on a fraction of the skin at a time. This type of laser treatment has bridged the gap between the surface treatments and the dermal laser that works on the mid-layer of the skin. A fractional laser like the one used in Clear Brilliant does both.
It’s important to understand the layers of the skin and what they do to fully understand how this fractional laser works.
The Skin’s Structure
Your skin is made up of three layers. The epidermis is the uppermost layer and is what is visible to us when we look in the mirror. The middle layer or dermis is where a lot of the magic happens, and the lower fat layer is called the subcutis.
This middle layer gives our skin its color and its strength. Our pigment is created by cells called melanocytes. These cells not only give our skin its color, but they also produce melanin to protect us from the sun’s UV rays. Over time, these cells can become damaged and result in age spots created by darkened melanin cells grouping together to form brown spots on our skin.
It is in the dermis where collagen and elastin provide a strong and elastic layer of skin. When our skin is young, the dermis is smooth and contributes to a wrinkle-free complexion free of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Youthful collagen and elastin fibers are strong and thick.
Aging and Collagen
As we age, our epidermis becomes thinner, so those cells with extra melanin are closer to the surface and can leave our skin riddled with age spots and uneven tone. The biggest difference in our skin as we age is our decline in collagen production. When we lose collagen, that strong foundation of our dermis weakens. Those weaknesses create small pockets and crevices in which our surface skin falls.
When the epidermis doesn’t have enough elastin to force it to bounce back, it settles into those fine lines and wrinkles. Our epidermis can look saggy and loose where it used to be firm and tight. No amount of cream or lotion can bring collagen back. And collagen production is the only thing that can make a significant difference when the signs of aging make their way to our skin.
How Clear Brilliant Works
As the fractional laser is gently passed over the skin of the treatment areas, it creates micro-channels just below the surface of your skin, allowing the heat to easily come through. These micro-channels keep the epidermis intact, so you don’t have to worry about any downtime the way you do with an ablative laser.
As the heat disturbs the fibers of collagen underneath the surface of your skin, it makes them contract and tighten. This can cause an immediate tightening effect. This also kickstarts the production of collagen.
What Can I Expect?
You’ll start the process with a consultation with your skincare specialist to go over your areas of concern and what you’d like your results to be. Your specialist will examine the area to be treated to make sure this is the right treatment for you. Once it’s determined this is a good fit, you’ll make an appointment.
Your Treatment Session
When you arrive, your skincare specialist may apply a numbing cream to your face to make sure you’re comfortable. After about 20 minutes, your skin will be numb, and you’ll be ready for your treatment to start. The treatment itself takes between 20-30 minutes, and clients report it to be a very comfortable process.
When the device is turned off, your specialist will apply a serum to your face. Remember, you now have micro-channels from your epidermis to just below the surface. Any products you use will penetrate deeply into your skin, so it’s a great time to invest in some nourishing topical products.
You’ll need to avoid makeup for a few days, and you’ll want to use a gentle cleanser. Keep up on the serum applications and always protect your skin from the sun. It’s not just your topical products that can get under your skin: so can harmful UV rays.
When Can I Expect Results?
Results with Clear Brilliant are both immediate and gradual. You’ll immediately see a more vibrant appearance and even a bit of tightening because the collagen has contracted. You can see even better results over the next few weeks as your collagen production increases. Those delayed results can be:
- Softer skin
- Brighter complexion
- Even skin tone
- Smoother skin
- Reduced appearance in fine lines
- Smaller pores
Results can last a few months depending on the condition of your skin, your age and how you protect your skin after the treatment. If you’re already experiencing signs of aging and are over 40, your results may not last as long simply because you’re farther along in the aging process than the 25-year-old who is getting this as a preventative measure to keep their skin clear and smooth.
How Often Should I Get Treatment?
Because this is such a gentle fractional laser treatment, how many sessions you get depends on your individual needs, the condition of your skin and the kinds of results you’d like. Talk to your skincare specialist about how many sessions they recommend for you. Most people see the results they want after 4-6 sessions.
It’s also up to you how often you’d like to get treatment. Because this treatment is so gentle and well-tolerated, many people are folding this into their regular skincare routine, coming back every month or so for a refresher.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Only your skincare provider can ultimately determine if this is the right treatment for you. One of the best attributes of this treatment is how versatile it is, including how many people can benefit from it. This is a great treatment if you’re experiencing lackluster skin as a result of:
- Sun exposure
- Environmental conditions
- Hormonal changes
- Lack of sleep
If you have a big event that you want to glow for, this would be a great treatment to get. Just talk to your doctor about the right timing between your event and getting Clear Brilliant. This is great for people who want to fight the signs of aging they already see and for those who want to prevent the appearance of those signs.
Because this is such a gentle treatment, talk to your doctor about what treatments might be a good complement to the results you’re getting from Clear Brilliant. You may have other concerns you’d like to address that require a different modality. If you’re loving your clear, glowing and soft skin, why not address the other issues bothering you?
If you have areas of stubborn fat that won’t go away, no matter how hard you try, help has arrived. CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling known as cryolipolysys to target specific fat cells; essentially freezing them and causing their death.
A cool gel pad will be placed on the treatment area. The CoolScuplt device is then used to deliver controlled and constant cooling to the treatment area. To give you the best possible results, the area will be massaged for a few minutes after the targeted treatment.
Where Can I Get Treatment?
This is a very versatile treatment that can be done in most places people have diet and exercise-resistant fat. It’s important to note that this isn’t intended to be strictly a weight loss treatment the way liposuction would be. This is perfect for those stubborn areas of fat that won’t budge. You can successfully treat these areas of fat on your:
- Back and bra area
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs
- Chin and Neck
This is also a great treatment for men, and CoolSculpting has an entire platform designed for men. The areas that can be treated with CoolSculpting for men include:
- Upper arms
Most clients will see results gradually appear three weeks after treatment. These results will only continue to improve, and the best results will appear 2-3 months after your initial treatment. It takes this long for the fat cells to die and be naturally absorbed by the body.
One the fat cells are gone, they’re gone for good. That area can never hold those fat cells there again. While most people get the results they want after just one session, some clients may need a few sessions to see optimal results.
What If I Gain Weight After Treatment?
This is one of the most common questions we get. If you gain a significant amount of weight, generally more than 10-15 pounds, the fat cells around the treatment area can expand, making it look like you’ve gained weight in that area. The fat cells that were removed through treatment will never come back.
For best results, it’s ideal to maintain a stable weight after treatment.
A Younger Appearance Is a Call Away
Whether you want to tackle signs of aging you already have or are hoping for a more proactive approach, results can be just a phone call away. You don’t have to live with the signs of aging that make you unhappy.
Call New Image Body Sculpting in Glendale, CA to make an appointment for a consultation. We are a premier body sculpting service, specializing in CoolSculpting. We are committed to helping you achieve the body you’ve always dreamed of.