What is the Pearl Procedure?
The Pearl procedure is a “Thermal Peel” laser treatment that reduces wrinkles, uneven texture and sun damage. It does this with fewer treatments, less expense, reduced discomfort and decreased overall downtime than other laser procedures including CO2, Erbium and Fraxel®.
How does the Pearl treatment work?
During treatment, a portion of the epidermis (shown in blue) is vaporized. There is a simultaneous thermal effect to part of the remaining epidermis at a controlled depth (shown in red). This creates a natural protective dressing on the skin to minimize “social” downtime during the restorative process. Finally, the deeper layer (in green) is heated which acts to stimulate collagen and thus thickens aging and damaged skin.
What is a Pearl treatment like?
The Pearl laser is guided over the skin, removing the top layer of the epidermis and heating the layer of tissue below the epidermis. The treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes for a full face. On a pain scale of 1 to 10, most people report the treatment feeling like a 2 or 3.
What can I expect after the treatment?
After treatment, the skin will look like it is sunburned. The skin will need to be kept moist using a product such as Aquaphor. Around day 4, thermally damaged epidermal tissue will peel off leaving fresh, new, healthy skin underneath. Additional improvement will occur over the next month.
Why should I have a Pearl treatment?
Most patients will choose a Pearl treatment because it significantly improves the skin’s texture and pigmentation and minimizes wrinkles, without clinical downtime.
Who is a candidate for a Pearl treatment?
Patients of any age who are looking for an aggressive treatment of sun-damaged skin including facial lines, discoloration and rough texture on the face, neck, upper chest and hands.
How many treatments are recommended?
Many patients experience excellent results after one treatment. Others may want a second (or rarely a third) treatment for best results.
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