Pearl Fractional Laser
The Pearl laser is a device manufactured by Cutera Inc., and was designed as a skin tightening solution to get rid of wrinkles and rejuvenate ageing skin. The company is a San Francisco-based manufacturer of cosmetic devices that uses light to manipulate different layers of skin. The Pearl laser is just one of many Cutera brands, like the CoolGlide laser, a treatment for permanent hair removal; GenesisFlex, a radial pulse device for reducing muscle pain; and AcuTip, to address problem blood vessels. All of these machines have the potential of causing long term skin damage if used improperly, and are designed strictly for use at a physician’s office. Because of the possible side effects of the Pearl laser treatment and the accompanying skin inflammation, it is important to talk to your physician openly and honestly to avoid potential skin damage.
How the Pearl Fractional Laser Works
Pearl laser skin resurfacing was designed mainly as an upkeep treatment, to address problems of ageing skin and skin pigmentation issues caused by the sun. This is a fractional laser, meaning that it treats both the dermis and the epidermis, but affects only a fraction of the skin. When a physician uses the Pearl laser, the device will take the laser beam and split it into smaller individual bursts that hit the skin in only a fraction of the treatment area. As these energy beams enter the skin, they can destroy hyperpigmentation clusters, and at the same time make it to the dermis to speed up collagen formation to get rid of wrinkles.
Few people realise the importance that collagen plays in keeping skin elastic, but the loss and damage of this protein in the skin is a significant factor in the development of wrinkles. By creating micro damage within this collagen-rich skin layer, the Pearl fractional laser forces the body to react and it’s the body’s healing process that is responsible for the treatment’s beautifying effects.
The Pearl laser is a procedure that does not require a hospital stay, but can cause some pain and discomfort. A topical anesthetic is often used to diminish discomfort, but in people with especially sensitive skin, a general anesthetic may be required, or an alternative treatment should be considered. The sensation reported by most patients during Pearl laser resurfacing is that of hot, rapid pinches to the skin.
Is the Pearl Laser Treatment Effective?
The results of a typical Pearl laser skin resurfacing will not be apparent for approximately one week, and will gradually show improvement thereafter. Cutera suggests that the most significant results will take up to 3 months to present themselves, making this treatment a long term commitment. Although some patients notice results after just one treatment, multiple Pearl laser resurfacing treatments may be needed for serious problems like deep frown lines or sagging skin around the chin.
Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing Side Effects
The Pearl resurfacing laser is a non-ablative device, meaning that it doesn’t destroy cells in the epidermis. Typically laser resurfacing destroys cells in the epidermis to reveal healthy skin. However, this device largely bypasses the top layer, and focuses on strengthening the collagen fibers in the dermis layer of the skin. However, the Pearl laser resurfacing treatment can still have a variety of side effects and requires approximately a week to fully recover.
After the Pearl resurfacing laser treatment, patients report a sunburned sensation, accompanied by inflamed skin with some pain and discomfort. The treatment also requires the use of a special ointment for several days after treatment, and the patient should avoid the sun for at least four to five days. If you are going to try the Pearl laser resurfacing procedure, ensure that you have plenty of time to fully recover and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun and other environmental pathogens.
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