I call these Clear + Brilliant treatments “baby Fraxels.” That’s pretty much exactly what they are, if you turn the Fraxel settings (erbium 1540 nm) way down. The Clear + Brilliant even has a second hand piece ( the Permea) that is a thulium 1927nm – just like the Fraxel Dual 1927 only with lower settings. In fact, there really is no need for offices who already own a Fraxel to buy the Clear + Briliiant, because you can just turn down the Fraxel Dual to the lighter settings.
Clear + Brilliant Treatment Pros:
- Lighter treatment equals faster healing and less “down time.”
- You can still get nice results with minor texture problems and very mild acne scars
- Less uncomfortable
Clear + Brilliant Treatment Cons:
- Takes more treatments to achieve the results of one Fraxel Dual
- There is still some swelling and redness, just less
- There is still a risk of post treatment pigment problems in susceptible individuals, especially with the Permea (1927 nm)
- Not effective for anything but very mild acne scarring
If you are older,
have wrinkles, or more sun damage, I would advise investing your money and time in other treatments that will give you more results. You would have to do so many that at a certain point, why not just schedule a weekend of down time and get a better result with a Fraxel
or other laser? It depends on how old you are, how much sun damage you have, and on what you’re trying to improve. For more information on anti-aging treatments and options, see my answers in the Anti-Aging section
of my site.
I think that if you are 35 or under
and have very little sun damage you might be happy with this. Even so, a peel like a light TCA
or beta hydroxy Rejuvenize might be more cost effective.
If you’re looking for more on the Fraxel, see my in-depth article on it here: Guide to Fraxel fractional lasers