Often described as a lunchtime laser, the Clear + Brilliant laser facial is a minimal downtime laser that promises clearer, glowing skin. We tried this treatment at the Victorian Dermal Group in Melbourne.
On arriving at the clinic I was greeted warmly and asked to take a seat while I waited for my dermal clinician. I had completed a questionnaire online regarding my skin and health prior to my appointment which saved time upon arrival.
The clinic is no nonsense and focused on skin science and data rather than fluffy feel-good treatments, which makes sense given the experience of its staff.
I was take into a treatment room and met with Derya Koch, the Director of the Victorian Dermal Group who has over 15 years experience in the industry.
Derya and I had a general chat about my skin goals (more clarity, refinement and ‘glow’) and we talked about my skin regime and the products I currently used. After a thorough skin cleanse it was off to the to have a full dermal video.
This process was a simple and painless, a series of photographs of my face were taken from all angles. This allowed Derya to apply a series of filters to look at different aspects of my skin condition – hydration, sun damage, wrinkles and oiliness.
It was a surprising process, I had much less sun damage than I expected, even though I had always taken good care of my skin and wasn’t a sunbather, by virtue of living in Australia under the hot sun I expected more damage.
I was surprised to learn that I had very mild rosacea or sensitivity, not something I had really noticed before.
After this analysis and confirming that I was a good candidate for Clear + Brilliant we went back to the treatment room to start the treatment. Derya suggested a slightly deeper laser for my skin and set to work.
I laid down and my skin was cleansed and prepped by Derya. A numbing cream was applied and I was given a cup of herbal tea and my phone and spent the next 20 to 30 minutes pleasantly scrolling through Instagram while waiting for the numbing cream to take affect.
Derya returned and it was time for the main event. I was a little apprehensive about the pain level however after the first few passes of the laser it was not really noticeable. Derya gave me a tube of cold air that I could use at any stage to cool down my face but I didn’t need it at all.
The laser felt like a bit like a warm scratching feeling scraping across my skin. After about 10 to 15 minutes it was over and Derya popped some protective goggles over my eyes and sat me under a LED light for 10 minutes.
Afterwards a light application of cream was applied and I was done. I was given the appropriate post- care information and creams and then I was out of there.
Immediately afterwards my skin was red and warm, a little like having sunburn. Luckily I didn’t have anywhere I had to be so it was no problem for me to head straight home. Within a few hours the redness and warmth had subsided.
The next day my skin felt dry and there was a little flaking around my nose and mouth area. The texture was like fine sandpaper, it felt strange but not really noticeable to the naked eye, certainly nothing that would prevent me going to work or out to meet friends. I wore very little makeup, just a touch of mineral foundation base as any powders would have dried my skin out even more.
Days 3 and 4 were similar, a scratchy sandpapery feel but by the start of day 6 my skin was super soft – possibly the softest I have felt it in years, and it was really glowing.
Over the coming week I really noticed how refined and clear my skin looked and felt, going make-up free was no problem and it has continued to get better and better.
You can get great results from just one treatment but a course of 3-4 spaced about 2-4 weeks apart will get you closer to the skin of your dreams. What I loved about this treatment is that there is little to no downtime so it didn’t interrupt my life.
Would I Try It Again?
A definite yes, it is a little pricey but if you have a good skincare regime and want something to give you that added clarity and glow that goes deeper than a peel I would highly recommend it. I am looking forward to seeing how my skin continues to improve with a few more treatments.
Pain level: 2/10