Patients today are seeking a more aggressive treatment for facial lines and texture without the lengthy downtime of traditional ablative procedures. Cutera's introduction of PearlT with proprietary YSGG technology, provides this optimal balance between cosmetic benefit and patient downtime.
During treatment, a portion of the epidermis is removed. There is simultaneous thermal injury to all or part of the remaining epidermis. This creates a natural protective dressing on the skin to minimize downtime during the restorative process.
What is a Pearl treatment like?
The practitioner 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 10-15 minutes for a full face. 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 after the treatment?
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. You are free to wear make-up starting on day 3.
After 3-4 days, the top layer of skin peels off
revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.
When will I see results?
You will see noticeable results on day 3 or 4, when the superficial tissue has peeled off, leaving fresh, new, healthy skin underneath.
Who is a candidate for a Pearl treatment?
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.
What areas will respond best to a Pearl treatment?
Pearl will smooth the skin's texture, as well as soften fine lines and wrinkles, 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 treatment for best results.