Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva and her aesthetics team are pleased to offer versatile Clarity II laser treatments in Newport Beach, CA, at LEA Plastic Surgery. Clarity Lutronic in Orange County offers fast, effective, less painful, and affordable laser treatments for a variety of cosmetic needs, including hair removal, vein treatments, and pigment correction.
- What is Clarity II?
- Benefits of Clarity II Laser Treatments
- Candidates for Clarity II
- Clarity II Consultation in Newport Beach, CA
- The Clarity II Procedure
- Clarity II Recovery
- Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva?
- Common Questions about Clarity II
- Schedule a Clarity II Appointment in Newport Beach, CA
What is Clarity II?
Clarity II is a new, FDA-approved laser platform that can provide hair removal and numerous skin rejuvenation benefits, depending on the patient’s goals. The revolutionary system is safe for nearly all skin types, offers far less discomfort than other laser treatments, permanent body hair reduction and a wide range of significant skin improvements. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva and her aesthetics team may recommend the Clarity II multiple-laser platform to treat the following issues:
- Unwanted hair (on nearly all skin types, including tanned and dark skin)
- Inflammation caused by ingrown hairs
- Age spots
- Flat, light-tan to dark-pigmented birthmarks
- Moles and benign uneven pigmentation
- Wrinkles (including lines around the eyes and mouth)
- Leg veins
- Spider veins
- Port-wine birthmarks (pink or purple)
- Skin tags
- Warts (including plantar warts on the bottom of the foot)
- Rough, scaly patches of skin and other plaques
- Fungal nail infection
Benefits of Clarity II Laser Treatments
Lutronic Clarity II multi-platform technology offers several advantages over other devices. The many benefits of this innovative and outstanding treatment include:
Safe for nearly every skin type, ranging from light to dark: Clarity II operates using two wavelengths and is presently one of the few lasers that is considered safe for dark skin, and asian skin as well. Most other laser treatments use only one wavelength, which can affect the skin cells and poses a risk of skin discoloration.
Effective facial rejuvenation: Clarity II reduces wrinkles and stimulates the production of collagen for younger-looking skin.
Nail fungus: Nail fungus starts with a yellow or white area on the tip of the toenail or fingernail and can progress to affect the entire nail. Clarity II treats and removes nail fungus.
Treats the full spectrum of hair colors: The Clarity II laser provides superior adjustability and control, which protects the surrounding skin during hair removal. It is the first laser treatment approved for dark or black hair on dark skin. Clarity II can treat hair that is darker than the surrounding skin.
Comfortable treatment: Clarity II offers less discomfort than other alternatives. The system has two cooling methods, instead of one. A traditional air-cooling feature, plus a built-in cryogenic spray instantly cools the treated skin.
Relatively quick: Each treatment ranges from around 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the patient’s goals. The adjustable device enables the aesthetic specialist to instantly adjust the diameter of the laser to remove hair on larger areas like the chest, back, and legs using fewer laser passes.
Fewer laser treatments required: When compared with other laser treatments, Clarity II provides quicker results. Many patients are satisfied with their hair removal results after three to four sessions, rather than ten or more using older lasers.
Candidates for Clarity II
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva or an expert skin specialist will determine a patient’s candidacy for Clarity II during a private consultation at LEA Plastic Surgery. Ideal candidates are physically healthy men and women who would like to remove unwanted body hair, nail fungus, a mole, skin tags, wrinkles around their eyes and mouth, refresh their skin, or accomplish similar goals. Candidates must also have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the typical results.
Clarity II Consultation in Newport Beach, CA
Aesthetic specialists Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, MD, Kristen Scheibel, RN, Naomi Pesyna, NP, and Jenny Sohn, RN, offer Clarity II consultations at the LEA Plastic Surgery center in Newport Beach, located in Orange County, CA. Clarity II is safe for nearly all skin types. During a consultation, the specialist evaluates the patient’s medical history to ensure that there are no existing skin conditions, immunocompromising diseases, or health factors that may cause unnecessary risks.
The LEA aesthetic team specialist evaluates skin pigmentation, tone and texture, lines and wrinkles, elasticity, exposed blood vessels, moles, and other areas of concern to determine if Clarity II is the best treatment option. The specialist then creates a customized treatment plan for approved candidates and will thoroughly explain the details of the treatment and the expected results.
Clarity II is FDA-approved for use on the face, neck, and body. Most skin concerns require a series of treatments, and the specialist will adjust the multi-platform laser to address different issues during each session. The specialist will explain the recovery, the anticipated results, and a possible post-treatment skincare regimen. After each treatment, the patient must protect their skin to ensure long-lasting results. In some cases, a same-day session may be performed after the consultation.
The Clarity II Procedure
Lutronic Clarity II dual-wavelength laser treatments are performed at LEA Plastic Surgery in a modern and comfortable treatment room. Patients should arrive with clean skin, their hair lifted out of the way, and wearing comfortable clothing. Anesthesia is not needed because the Clarity II laser treatment uses an advanced cooling system that reduces discomfort.
After the patient arrives, their skin is cleansed and a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area(s). The length of the treatment varies depending on the goals of the procedure and may take one minute to one hour. The patient will wear goggles to protect their eyes. When the laser is activated, a slight stinging sensation may be experienced, which most patients describe as mild.
The LEA aesthetic specialist adjusts the high-speed laser, which combines two wavelengths (755/1064nm). The specialist customizes the treatment by switching wavelengths, spot size, and intensity to achieve maximum results while protecting the skin.
The laser beams penetrate the skin and shrink blood vessels or vascular lesions to improve the appearance of leg veins or spider veins. The laser can also remove body hair, treat nail fungus, correct uneven pigmentation, and perform other cosmetic changes, according to the treatment plan.
During laser hair removal, the multi-treatment procedure disrupts the natural growth cycle and destroys the hair follicle. A slight charring of hair stubble and the odor of singed hair is common. The built-in cooling mechanism instantly dissipates the heat and protects the patient’s skin. The patient’s hair removal plan is explained during the consultation and may include the removal of hair from under the arms, upper lip, chest, back, legs, bikini area, and/or arms.
Clarity II Recovery
Clarity II side effects are minimal but may include some swelling or redness in the treated area for a few hours after the treatment. The swelling and redness are tolerable and resolve gradually on their own; however, patients should avoid scheduling the procedure immediately before a social event. Some bruising is also possible after the treatment of vascular skin concerns. Most patients resume their regular schedule shortly after their Clarity II laser treatment.
Patients should avoid direct sunlight for two weeks before and after the treatment and avoid exercise for 24 hours after laser hair removal. Hydrocortisone cream should be applied to the area if irritation occurs. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva and the LEA staff provide detailed aftercare instructions for each patient.
Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva?
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, MD, is board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and specializes in aesthetic procedures for the face and body, including Asian rhinoplasty, mommy makeovers, and nonsurgical options like Clarity II. LEA Plastic Surgery is a beautiful boutique practice conveniently located in the heart of Newport Beach, CA.
The highly-skilled LEA staff offer advanced technology and procedures but they do not automatically hop on the innovation bandwagon seeking the latest trends. They believe that each patient deserves the absolute best, and they only provide proven, safe, and effective treatments that they believe are worth the investment.
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, MD, Kristen Scheibel, RN, Jenny Sohn, RN, and Naomi Pesyna, NP, specialize in Clarity II and offer other top procedures using the best technology. Each member of the LEA aesthetic team offers compassionate care and is passionate about providing a fresh vibrant appearance and natural-looking results for patients. Internationally-respected plastic surgeon Dr. Ho Taghva and her team of LEA specialists care for patients located in Orange County, CA, as well as national and international patients.
Common Questions about Clarity II
Some swelling and redness at the Clarity II treatment site may occur after the procedure but will gradually resolve within a few hours. Bruising may appear after vascular treatments. Risks and complications associated with Clarity II treatments are rare but may include edema, burns, or redness. A LEA Clarity II specialist will explain the expected benefits along with any possible side effects and risks during your private consultation.
Each patient receives a list of pretreatment instructions during the consultation. Clarity II patients should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other nonsteroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) for two weeks before and after the treatment to reduce the risk of bruising. Skincare products with irritants like Retin-A should be avoided one to two weeks before the procedure.
Patients should avoid tanning beds and direct sun exposure for two weeks before and after the treatment. Laser hair removal patients should not wax or tweeze the hair for two weeks before.
The Clarity II high-energy intense pulsing light passes painlessly over the skin. The heat from the laser destroys unwanted hairs and follicles in the underarms, back, legs, and other areas, as requested by the patient. Hair grows in cycles, so a series of four to ten procedures may be needed, depending on each case.
Clarity II vascular treatment results are immediate. However, broken capillaries may disappear immediately and then briefly reappear before permanently vanishing. Veins and vascular lesions may require more than one treatment to be cleared completely. New veins may appear with age around the cheeks, nose, or chin, but the ones that are removed with Clarity II will not return.
Clarity hair removal results will develop after a series of treatments. Bi-annual or annual touch-ups may be needed to maintain the results. However, laser hair removal results typically last for up to twelve years or more.
Schedule a Clarity II Appointment in Newport Beach, CA
To learn more about Clarity II in Newport Beach and Orange County, CA, contact LEA Plastic Surgery. Call 949-945-2168 today or visit leaplasticsurgery.com to schedule a Lutronic Clarity II consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva and the LEA aesthetic team.