Intense Pulse Light vs. Clear and Brilliant laser treatments

February 2, 2021

Are you looking for a treatment to target skin discoloration, sun damage, and fine lines, but you don’t know which treatment is right for you?

Look no further. We know the complexity of laser treatments can be confusing when deciding what would work best for your skin type. Two of the most common laser treatments for these concerns are Intense Pulsed Light or Clear and Brilliant.


What is the difference you ask?

We have got you covered. Clear and Brilliant laser technology is a newer and more innovative service. It is noninvasive with little to no down time. The laser stimulates the production of collagen and microscopically breaks down your skin to activate your body’s natural repair response. This break down causes peeling and shedding of the dermis cells. Your skin will produce new cells that will appear with smooth texture, smaller pore size, softer wrinkles, and lighter patchy pigmentation. Dr. G is one of the few that offer this innovative treatment in the Boston Metro-West area!

In regard to Intense PulseLight (IPL) treatment, it has been around for a longer period of time. It is a laser light treatment that specifically targets age spots, freckles, rosacea, and simultaneously tightens the skin. This Photofacial treatment targets discoloration of brown or red spots to breaks up the pigment and cause them to flake off. Unlike the Clear and Brilliant, IPL does not affect the top layer of the skin. Both of these treatments result in newer skin that appears fresh, clear, and more youthful.


Still stuck on what works best for you?

Some of the key similarities and differences may help you decide. Both Clear and Bright and Intense Pulse Light Photofacial work well to reduce sun damage, improve signs of aging, improve skin texture, and to reduce fine lines. It is important to note that IPL is not recommended for darker skin tones. IPL is better for reducing pigment and redness, and for improvement of the veins and capillaries. Clear and Bright is best for texture, acne scarring, and fine lines.

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