What is a Pearl treatment like?
The practioner guides the Pearl laser over the skin, gently removing the top layer of the epidermis and heating a layer of tissue below it. The treatment takes approximately 20 minutes for a full face. We apply a topical numbing cream so that the treatment is comfortable. Most find the discomfort extremely minimal.
What can I expect after the treatment?
After Treatment, the skin will resemble a mild sunburn. Your practioner will apply ointment on the skin to keep it moist. The skin will need to be kept moist for 3-4 days. Since you can not wear sunscreen during this time, you will need to wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure for a few days following the treatment. You may to wear make-up starting on day 3. After 3-4 days, the top layer of skin peels off revealing new, healthy, more plump, vibrant skin.
What is social downtime?
Downtime is the time spent recovering from a procedure. With "social" downtime, you can continue your daily activities. However, you may not wish to attend important social events because your face will appear pink for 3-4 days.
When will I see results?
Noticeable results can be seen on day 3 or 4, when the superficial tissue has peeled off, leaving new, plump, healthier skin.
Who is a candidate for a Pearl treatment?
Patients of any age with wrinkles and fine lines, sun damage, discoloration, uneven skin texture and mild to moderate acne scars can benefit from Pearl treatments.
What areas respond best to a Pearl treatment?
Pearl will reduce wrinkles such as crow's feet, lines around lips the lips and facial folds and smooth the skin's texture on the face, neck, upper chest and hands.
How many treatments are recommended?
Most patients require two treatments for their desired results, although visible results are seen after one treatment.
How does Pearl compare to other similar laser treatments?
Pearl offers the most effective treatment to address fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars and uneven texture without wound care, the risks of pigment changes and the lengthy downtime required with traditional Erbium, and CO2 laser procedures.
Does Cutera have an FDA clearance for the Pearl laser?
Yes, Cutera received FDA clearance in March 2007 Pearl for skin resurfacing and the treatment of wrinkles. Pearl results are dramatic on the face and have also been used on the neck, upper chest and hands.