Clear and Brilliant

Clear and Brilliant

What is it?

Clear + Brilliant laser treatments are gentle skin resurfacing treatments. This treatment is safe for all skin types for the treatment of fine lines, sunspots, mild scarring, and sun damage.

How does it work?

The Clear + Brilliant treatment involves six fast and easy sessions at least two weeks apart. This laser treats scars, lines, and discolored skin without leaving you with any downtime. Each treatment takes about 20 minutes. The Clear + Brilliant laser refreshes skin tone and texture by gently penetrating deeper levels of the skin. This treatment can also increase skin permeability, allowing skincare products to penetrate deeper layers of the skin and work more effectively. The damaged pigmented lesions slough off over the course of approximately one week, leaving the skin feeling slightly rough.

Pre-Treatment Preparation

Prior to the treatment, you should stop the use of retinols at least one week prior to the treatment. It is best if the skin is not tanned, sun burned, broken or inflamed. On the day of treatment, the area being treated should be washed so it is free of makeup or any skincare products. You must arrive one hour prior to their appointment for numbing with a topical ointment.

Expected Side Effects

  • Heat-related discomfort (temporary)
  • Redness and swelling of treated areas
  • Itching of treated skin
  • Acne or milia (tiny clogged pores that appear white)
  • Cold sore eruption (if you have a history of cold sores, particularly around the mouth)
  • Mild and gradual flaking of skin
  • Mild grittiness (rough texture) of skin


1. Gentle Products

Do not use abrasive scrubs or toners for a week or so after the last treatment.  Allow skin to fully heal before returning to normal skin care.  READ YOUR LABELS!  If your products have glycolyic acid or Retin A in them, discontinue use for two weeks before your procedure and two weeks post treatment.

Cleanse and moisturize daily with light, plain products such as Aveeno, Neutrogena, Cetaphil, etc.

2. Moisture

Apply a light cream moisturizer whenever your skin is feeling dry. Heavy ointments such as Vaseline, Aquaphor, or Neosporin ointment may clog your pores and cause mild breakouts, however, they should be applied to raw skin. You do not have to apply band-aids, but keep tender areas moist and do not pick at them. They will heal on their own without incident rapidly.

3. Sun Protection

Use plenty of SPF 50+ several times a day and avoid large amounts of sun exposure if at all possible.  If sun exposure is necessary (walking to your car), wear clothing that covers the treated area, such as wide-brimmed hats.

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Patient Testimonials

"So impressed with everyone there! Dr. Lily Talakoub is amazing and I would send anyone and everyone to her! I was referred by a girlfriend and I can't thank her enough! My Botox and fillers are far better than I expected and look 10 years younger. Plus it's a gorgeous and clean office and everyone is so sweet and helpful! Can't say enough good things about this place! Thank you for going beyond my expectations!" - Hannah G., Falls Church, VA

"Dr Lily is more knowledgeable than the derms I've been to in DC, she's also friendly and most important honest. She will actually tell you no if you don't need something. Love love this practice!!!" - Kelly L., Mclean, VA

"I've seen Dr. Lily twice - once for a consultation (adult acne and hyperpigmentation) and a second time for a Fraxel laser treatment. I got a great vibe from her the moment I met her and her staff is really top notch. They have always been kind, informative and honest. The ride to McLean is definitely worth it!" - Tarah S., Alexandria, VA

"5 star is not enough for Dr Lily and her staff!! She is the best dermatologist I have ever seen ... I have been to her office for both medical and cosmetics reasons and were happy with both!!! I highly recommend Dr Lily.. She is also very friendly and pretty :)." - Mahsa A., Reston, VA

"I strongly recommend McLean Dermatology and Skin Care Center. They were able to get me in the day after I called because they had a cancellation. I was going to have to wait approximately 6 months to get into other places in the area. Everyone is very friendly, and the office is beautiful, which is an added bonus!" - Jessica M., Mclean, VA

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