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Fractional Resurfacing (Pearl)

The anti-aging fractional laser perfected for treating photodamaged skin. We are currently at the forefront of another wave of fractional resurfacing technology. The latest devices can deliver energy in either a superficial or a deep fashion for the treatment of mild wrinkling, acne scarring, and skin discoloration. Deeper delivery of laser energy leads to greater skin tightening, smoothing of deeper wrinkles and greater improvement in the appearance of acne scars than had been possible even after multiple treatments with earlier devices. These new fractional resurfacing techniques, although relatively aggressive, may be safely performed on the face, neck, chest and even the hands. Typically only 1-2 treatment sessions are required to achieve optimal results for most conditions. Treatment with these newer devices is generally associated with a longer recovery period- typically 5-7 days. During this time, you really won’t want to go out so plan accordingly. The Pearl and Pearl Fractional lasers are examples of this new category of devices known as fractional ablative lasers. 

What is the Pearl Fractional treatment?

Pearl Fractional is a new, volumizing, fractional laser perfected for treating photodamaged skin in just one treatment. Pearl Fractional offers the best combination of patient experience and recovery time. Patients see improvements in brown spots, sun damage, tone and texture and have a noticeably smoother, brighter complexion.

What does “fractional” mean? How does the Pearl Fractional work?

Fractional therapy describes a treatment thatexposes only a fraction of the skin to the laser beam in a pattern of tiny dots. With Pearl Fractional, laser pulses place tiny holes in the skin. Columns of damaged tissue are selectively removed, leaving surrounding skin intact.

The treatment shortens healing time and stimulates the body’s own natural process for creating new collagen, plumping the skin from below and reversing photoaging and other imperfections.

  • Tiny holes enable safe treatment and a rapid recovery
  • Deep treatment provides results in a single session
  • Controlled energy means maximum results with a more comfortable patient experience

How many treatments are recommended?

Most patients will see significant improvement after just one treatment.

Who is a candidate for Pearl Fractional?

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 be used on the entire face and is uniquely effective in treating 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.

How does a Pearl Fractional treatment feel?

Most patients describe the treatment as a series of fast, hot pinches. A topical numbing cream is applied to the skin prior to treatment to alleviate most discomfort. Practitioners may choose to augment topical creams with other medications based on patient need.

When will I see results? How soon can I wear make-up?

Many patients see improvement one week after treatment. 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 procedure?

After treatment, the skin looks sunburned and may be slightly swollen. Patients report little or no discomfort post-treatment. During post-care, patients apply ointment to the skin for four to fi ve days and should limit sun exposure and wear protective clothing.

Can Pearl Fractional be part of a combination therapy?

Many patients have a Pearl Fractional treatment in combination with other existing cosmetic therapies. These include other Cutera laser and light procedures, such as Pearl, Laser Genesis and LimeLight. Discuss combination treatment options with your practitioner.

How does Pearl Fractional compare to other fractional laser treatments?

Pearl Fractional’s unique laser wavelength offers a safe and effective treatment to reverse the signs of aging. This combination gives patients dramatic results in a single treatment with a quick, one week recovery period.

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons serving Southern California, in practice for more than 31 years, Dr. Moser and Dr. Kane specialize in Breast Revision Surgery, Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tucks, Face Lifts, Rhinoplasty, Liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures of the face, body, breast, mommy makeover, and male procedures.

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