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The Pearl Procedure

A safe, effective treatment for wrinkles and skin resurfacing.

What is the Pearl procedure?

The Pearl is a resurfacing laser that gently and safely treats signs of aging and damaged skin.  The Pearl procedure reduces fine wrinkles with fewer treatments and less overall recovery than other technologies.

PearlHow does the Pearl treatment work?

A pattern of light pulses treats both the top layer and deeper layers of skin, providing long-term benefits with minimal downtime.  As you heal, your skin will form a thin protective barrier that will slough around day 3 or 4 after the procedure.

In a short time, patients will notice overall skin clarity, smoothness and softness – all from a 15 minute treatment with only 3 – 4 days of “social” downtime.

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.

How does a Pearl treatment feel?

The Pearl treatment feels like a series of brief pinches.  On a scale of 1-10, with 10 representing pain, most
patients report the treatment feeling like a 2 or 3.

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, healthy skin underneath. Make-up may be applied at this time.

Pearl2Are 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 during this time, you will need to wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure for a few days after the treatment.

How many treatments are recommended?

Some patients may require two treatments spaced approximately one month apart to achieve the desired results. Other patients may need only one treatment.

Can Pearl be part of a combination therapy treatment?

Yes, patients may choose to have a Pearl treatment combined with other Cutera procedures such as Laser
Genesis and LimeLight.  Discuss combination therapies with your practitioner.

How does Pearl compare to other laser treatments?

Pearl offers an effective treatment without wound care and lengthy downtime seen with certain Erbium and CO2 laser procedures.

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