The brand new Cutera® Pearl™ Fractional laser is a fractional, single treatment solution for the improvement (treatment) of a variety of skin conditions, including dyspigmentation, photoaging, lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, irregular skin texture, and acne scarring.
How does the Cutera Pearl Fractional Treatment Work?
The Pearl™ Fractional simultaneously targets the epidermis for pigment, texture, and tone; and the dermis for pigment, collagen remodeling, and resulting dermal thickening. Pearl™ Fractional treatments have shown significant improvements in age spots and sun damage, skin texture, acne scarring, and lines and wrinkles. Patients with light-to-medium skin tones (skin types I – III) and skin imperfections due to aging, sun damage, and acne scarring will benefit from a Pearl™ Fractional treatment. Pearl™ Fractional allows us to treat patients we could not help as effectively before – particularly those with acne scarring and deeper lines and wrinkles.
What does “fractional” mean? How does the Pearl Fractional treatment work?
Fractional therapy describes a treatment that exposes only a fraction of the skin to the laser beam in a pattern of tiny dots. During the procedure, laser pulses place tiny holes in the skin. The process removes columns of damaged tissue and then stimulates the body’s own natural process for creating healthy new skin, full of fresh collagen. This plumps the skin from below, creating more volume and repairing photo damage and other imperfections.
What Can I Expect?
Most patients describe the treatment as a series of fast, hot pinches. Pearl Fractional uses a new laser wavelength, which results in less pain and less downtime. A topical numbing cream is applied to the skin prior to treatment to alleviate some discomfort. The doctor may choose to augment topical creams with other medications based on patient need. Supplemental oral medication and local anesthetic is sometimes required. Results are immediate and progressive. Improvement continues over weeks and months as your skin continues to produce new collagen in the treated area, producing longer beneficial changes associated with a healthy, youthful appearance.
Who is a candidate for a Pearl Fractional treatment?
Patients with light-to-medium skin tones and skin imperfections due to aging and sun damage will benefit from a Pearl Fractional treatment.
What areas of the face can be treated?
Pearl Fractional can treat the entire face and is uniquely effective in the delicate periorbital (around the eyes) and perioral (around the mouth) areas. These areas often show the first signs of aging and can be the most challenging to treat.
When will I see results? How soon can I wear make-up?
Many patients see improvement one week after treatment. Patients should plan to take a long weekend relaxing at home. Maximum results are visible in one to three months. Patients may apply make-up five days after treatment.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after a Pearl Fractional treatment?
After treatment, the skin will look like it is sunburned. The Dr. will apply oxymist spray on the skin to keep it moist, clean and protected. You will be given a one-week supply of a complete skincare kit. The skin will need to be kept moist for 5 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 5. After 5 days, the top layer of skin peels off revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.
How many treatments are recommended?
Most patients notice significant improvement after just one treatment.
Can Pearl Fractional be part of a combination therapy treatment?
Many patients have a Pearl Fractional treatment in combination with other cosmetic therapies. These include other Cutera laser and light procedures, such as Pearl, Laser Genesis and Limelight. Discuss combination treatment options with The Dr.
How does Pearl Fractional compare to other fractional laser treatments?
Pearl Fractionals unique laser wavelength offers a safe but intense treatment to reverse the signs of aging. This combination gives patients dramatic results in a single treatment with approximately one week of recovery.