What is the Pearl procedure?
Pearl is a safe and effective treatment for restoring the skin's natural glow. The Pearl procedure combines the impact of resurfacing lasers with the gentleness and safety of non-invasive procedures to treat aging and sun damaged skin. Pearl reduces wrinkles, uneven texture and sun damage with fewer treatments and less overall recovery than other technologies to provide a healthy, pearl-like glow.
How much downtime is expected?
In a short time, patients will notice overall skin clarity, smoothness and softness with only 3-4 days of "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.
When will I see results? How soon can I wear make-up after a Pearl treatment?
Results are noticeable by day 3 or 4 when the superficial tissue has peeled off, revealing fresh, bright and healthy skin underneath. Make-up may be applied at this time.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after a Pearl treatment?
After treatment, the skin will look and feel mildly sunburned. You will apply ointment on the skin for 3-4 days. Since you cannot wear sunscreen at this time, you will need to wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure for a few days after treatment.
How does Pearl compare to other laser treatments?
Pearl offers the most effective treatment to address fine lines, uneven texture and discoloration without wound care and the lengthy downtime required with certain Erbium and CO2 laser procedures. Compared to today's fractionated technologies, Pearl offers noticeable results in just one treatment verses 4-6 fractionated treatments.
Who is a candidate for a Pearl treatment?
Patients with light to moderate sun damage are the ideal candidates.
Does Cutera have FDA clearance for the Pearl laser?
Yes, Cutera received FDA clearance in March 2007 for the treatment of wrinkles and skin resurfacing.