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Clear + Brilliant New York City

Dr. William Lao uses laser treatments such as Clear + Brilliant as a non-invasive option for skin resurfacing in his NYC patients.

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At our established plastic surgery clinic in New York, laser skin resurfacing is a very popular skin treatment we provide for both men and women patients. Dr. William Lao uses the state-of-the-art laser, Clear + Brilliant, to perform the nonsurgical treatment. Below, we’ve included more information about the laser and frequently asked questions that we get here in the office.

Dr. Lao strives to deliver the best laser skin resurfacing treatment in New York City and places patient safety and satisfaction at the top of his priorities. Dr. Lao will perform your treatment in our brand new Manhattan office.


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What is Clear + Brilliant?

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Clear + Brilliant is a gentle laser resurfacing treatment that was FDA-approved in 2011. Its application is meant to rejuvenate skin by addressing early signs of facial aging, sun damage, tone, texture, and even minimizing pore size.

Clear + Brilliant is a fractional laser designed to create millions of microscopic treatment zones in the upper layers of skin, which stimulates collagen production and removes dead cells. This promises to result in refreshed and healthier-looking skin.

Who are the Best Candidates for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

We treat men and women of all different ages and ethnicities with this laser. Below, are some of the patients we usually see on a day-to-day basis:

  • People of all skin types
  • Patients who want to reverse the effects of aging
  • Patients who are not pregnant
  • People without active infections
  • People without significant skin conditions like cancer
  • Patients without open wounds
  • Patients not sensitive to light

*People who receive this treatment should not have had BOTOX or dermal fillers for two weeks.

What are the Benefits of Clear + Brilliant?

Our patients have been very excited about the addition of this laser to our office. Below, we’ve included many of the benefits we see firsthand:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Reduce the appearance of pores
  • Improves skin tone and texture
  • Leaves skin soft and supple
  • Gives you a radiant and youthful glow
  • Repair damage to your skin
  • Reduce the effects of time and environment on the skin

How is Clear + Brilliant Performed?

Clear + Brilliant before and after photo

The process begins with a consultation to see if Clear + Brilliant is right for you. If it is, then plan about 30 minutes for a complete session.

It may involve applying a topical numbing cream to your face before treatment to provide additional comfort. Your skin care professional will gently guide the Clear + Brilliant handpiece across the target area and actively treat your skin for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Our process utilizes the patented Intelligent Optical Tracking technology to ensure proper contact with your skin to deliver a uniform application to all treated areas.

With Clear + Brilliant Perméa treatments, the Perméa handpiece may enhance the uptake of topical skincare treatments by increasing the skin’s permeability. A refreshing biocellulose masque may also be applied for 10-15 minutes after treatment.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery

Clear + Brilliant before and after photo

Clear + Brilliant is a gentle Fraxel laser, so there is no downtime after treatment. Patients can walk in during a workday or lunch break and return to their peers looking normal.

The aftercare is also relatively uncomplicated and straightforward. Dr. Lao suggests using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer twice daily.

How Much does Clear + Brilliant Cost in NYC?

The cost of laser skin resurfacing in NYC will vary on several factors. If you’re interested in our state-of-the-art laser, Clear + Brilliant, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. During your consultation, Dr. Lao will provide you with a full breakdown of the costs.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

There are tons of practices and clinics in New York that offer laser skin resurfacing. By going to Dr. Lao, you’re getting the reassurance that a double board plastic surgeon is performing the treatment. Experience matters, especially when using lasers. Dr. Lao is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with education from Johns Hopkins.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’d like to schedule a consultation for laser skin resurfacing in New York with Dr. William Lao, please get in touch today! Our Clear + Brilliant NYC patients find that the treatment dramatically benefits their lives, providing more self-confidence. We look forward to helping you uncover your own flawless skin!


Does Laser Skin Resurfacing Hurt?

Clear + Brilliant is virtually painless; it is also non-invasive with minimal adverse side effects. At most, patients typically experience minor swelling and redness for up to six hours on the day of treatment. Some have reported scaling or a slightly rough sandpapery texture a few days after.

Other than that, sun sensitivity is increased in the week following the procedure, and, like with most laser treatments, hyperpigmentation can potentially occur in patients with darker skin.

How Long Before I see my results?

The number of treatments is tailored to your concerns and skincare desires. In recent studies, consumers reported visible improvements after 4-6 treatments, though many patients choose routine treatments as part of their overall skin care regimen. Your skincare provider will discuss a personalized treatment regimen with you.

The best way to maintain your results is with a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, water intake, exercise, sleep, and skin care practices. Sunscreen is often one component patients are lacking It should be applied liberally to the skin multiple times a day.


Every surgical procedure and aesthetic treatment we offer is specifically tailored to satisfy the unique needs of the individual. When you come in for a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Lao, he can find the perfect aesthetic approach that provides you with your ideal results.