Pearl Laser Treatment - FAQs
What is Pearl?
Pearl is the “one laser to choose” to renew your skin’s surface with quick, visible results. Pearl treats fine lines on the face and neck, uneven skin texture and light & dark spots caused by sun damage.
What does it do?
During a Pearl treatment, the top layer of the skin is treated with pulses of light. A portion of the epidermis (skin surface) is gently removed and a natural protective dressing is formed on the skin’s surface. After 3-4 days, the protective dressing peels off revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.
How does it work?
The Pearl laser replaces the entire top sun-damaged layer of skin with new healthy skin. Simultaneously, it sends heat to deeper layers of the skin stimulating new collagen growth, filling out and decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. New collagen growth continues for 3-6 months post-treatment. The combination of new skin and decreased wrinkles results in a healthier, more youthful appearance.
How is Pearl different from other treatment options?
Pearl offers the most effective treatment to address fine lines & wrinkles, sundamaged skin and uneven texture without the lengthy downtime required with traditional Erbium and CO2 laser procedures.
Today’s fractionated technologies treat only small portions of the face during each treatment. Typically, fractionated treatments require 4-6 sessions, each with 4-6 days of downtime and spaced one month apart. Unlike “fractional” treatments, Pearl treats the entire face, minimizing the number of required treatments. Typically, only 1-2 treatments are necessary to renew your skin.
What is social downtime?
Downtime is the time spent recovering from a procedure. With “social” downtime, you can continue your normal daily activities. However, you may not wish to attend important social events because your face will appear pink/red for 3-4 days.
How many treatments will I need?
Many patients experience excellent results after one treatment. Others may want a second treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The Pearl treatment takes 10-15 minutes, however you will need to apply a topical anesthetic cream to your face at least 45 minutes prior to having the Pearl treatment.
What does it feel like?
The practitioner will guide the Pearl laser over the skin, gently removing the top layer of the epidermis and heating a layer of tissue below it. The treatment feels like a series of brief pinches. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 representing pain, most people report the treatment feeling like a 2 or 3.
What can I expect afterwards?
After treatment, the skin will look like it is sunburned. Your practitioner will apply ointment on the skin to keep it moist. The skin will need to be kept moist for 3—4 days. Since you cannot wear sunscreen during this time, you will need to wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure for a few days following the treatment. After 3-4 days, the top layer of skin peels off revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath. You are free to wear make-up again at this time.
What benefit will I see?
You will see noticeable results on day 3 or 4, when the superficial tissue has peeled off, leaving fresh, new, healthy skin underneath.
Is it safe?
Yes, Pearl is safe. Cutera received FDA clearance for Pearl in March 2007 for skin resurfacing and the treatment of wrinkles. Pearl is used primarily on the face but has also been used on the neck, upper chest and hands.
How much does it cost?
This depends on the size of the area and the nature of what you’re having treated. If you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation, we can give you a specific idea as to the number of treatments you will need and the price.
Can anyone have it done?
Patients of any age with sun damage, uneven skin texture and fine lines and wrinkles can benefit from Pearl treatments; however, the most common age group seeking treatment is between 25-60. We will assess your particular skin type and let you know if you’re a candidate at the time of your consultation.