Fractional skin resurfacing, or non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, is a popular non-surgical treatment that addresses a variety of aging skin concerns as well as imperfections such as stretch marks, acne scars, and surgical scars. However, not all fractional resurfacing procedures are the same. At Perfection Plastic Surgery & Skin Care, we offer both ResurFX and Clear + Brilliant treatments for our patients. While these procedures address similar skin concerns and use the same type of technology, there are some key differences between them. Our skin care technicians are ready to help you choose the right laser skin care treatment for your needs. Here’s a closer look at these two popular treatments side by side.


Both Clear + Brilliant and ResurFX use Fraxel laser technology to correct common skin imperfections. The difference is in the wavelengths that these laser treatments utilize. Clear + Brilliant operates at wavelengths of 1440nm and 1927nm. The 1440 nm setting targets superficial skin layers to effectively reduce pore size, improve fine lines and restore the overall texture of the skin. The 1927nm setting is used for treating melasma, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

Alternatively, ResurFX operates at a wavelength of 1565nm, which can target deeper lines and wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. In addition, ResurFX features one-pass technology. Thus, treatment is quicker, more efficient, and easier on the skin than earlier generation fractional skin resurfacing procedures.

Treatment Timeline

While a single laser skin resurfacing treatment can have a significant impact on your skin, multiple treatments are necessary for full results. ResurFX patients can expect 3-5 treatments to see their desired results. Clear + Brilliant has a slightly longer treatment timeline with 4-6 sessions on average. With both treatments, results will only continue to improve as the skin’s natural healing process kickstarts collagen production and replaces damaged skin cells.


One of the things patients love about laser skin care is minimal downtime. Clear + Brilliant and ResurFX are both in-office procedures that won’t require much, if any social downtime. However, you may still experience some redness, swelling, and sensitivity following your treatments. In addition, you’ll need to take extra steps to protect your skin from sun exposure following either procedure.


In general, ResurFX is ideal for patients who are looking for an effective anti-aging treatment that can target fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s overall appearance. It delivers noticeable results without lengthy downtime. Alternatively, Clear + Brilliant is a great preventive treatment for your anti-aging skin care. It’s ideal for patients looking for refreshed, renewed skin. In other words, it will help you capture and maintain your youthful glow.

No matter which procedure you decide on, you can expect exceptional care from the team at Perfection Plastic Surgery & Skin Care. Call us at (520) 323-7100 to schedule your fractional skin resurfacing consultation in Tucson.