What it is.
Pearl actually takes down a layer of skin by way of a laser for quick results. At the same time, it sends heat to deeper levels for longer-term benefits. This treatment is FDA approved for treating wrinkles.
Who’s it for?
My team uses the Pearl on all ages because it reduces wrinkles, pore size, fine lines, uneven texture, sun damage, and pigmentation. And in my opinion, it’s off the charts for acne scarring.
What to expect.
For general tightening and brightening, one treatment will give you a very smooth, even texture (like a pearl!) in about seven days. If you have severe scarring, I recommend three treatments, and you’ll see longer-term improvement in texture and tone.
The skin is cleansed and then numbed with a cream for about 45 minutes prior to the treatment. Each pulse of the Pearl feels like a hot rubber-band snap. In addition, the skin feels very warm immediately after the treatment, so over-the-counter pain medicine is suggested if all this is too uncomfortable. The treatment has about four to seven days of social downtime. You get red – it looks a bit like windburn – and then the skin gets very dry and begins to flake off. You also have to use an ointment on your face for a couple of days and completely avoid the sun.
More Information About Pearl Skin Renewal
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.
The Pearl Procedure
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. Most patients feel a series of brief pinches during the treatments. After 3-4 days, the protective dressing peels off revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.
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 4 to 6 weeks post-treatment. The combination of new skin and decreased wrinkles results in a healthier, more youthful appearance.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
How does Pearl compare to other “like” laser treatments?
Pearl offers the most effective treatment to address fine lines & wrinkles, sun damaged skin and uneven texture without wound care and 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, 4-6 treatments, each with 4-6 days of downtime and spaced a month apart, are required to treat the face.
Does Cutera have an FDA clearance for the Pearl laser?
Yes, Cutera received FDA clearance in March 2007 for Pearl 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.
Testimonials From Providers
What’s exciting about the Pearl is the ability to maximize patient outcomes and minimize their downtime. The Pearl uses a unique wavelength where you actually get the proper balance of tissue removal and thermal damage to the epidermis. And, it’s a procedure that makes patients happy because they all see results in just 3-4 days after their treatment. – E. Victor Ross, MD; Board-Certified Dermatologist, Scripps Medical Center; San Diego, California.
Pearl is for that person who says, “don’t like those brown spots, don’t like those fine wrinkles, don’t like that tired skin. I’ll take the weekend off, but Doctor, show me evidence of improvement.” – David Goldberg, MD; Board-Certified Dermatologist; Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ.