PEARL Laser Resurfacing

Pearl

Pearl™ is a laser procedure for treating sun damage, uneven texture, brown spots, and fine lines with minimal downtime.  This advanced technology is available from Dr. Norman Bein, of Vein Specialties. 

“No other laser delivers the controlled depth and full epidermal turnover.  My patients say their skin feels amazingly soft …a textural renewal after only three to four days. With other laser technologies, patients must wait up to six months to see the full results.”  -Maria Bein, RN

The Pearl procedure is ideal for patients of almost any age searching for a safe and uncomplicated way to restore the skin’s youthful look and feel in only one or two treatments. It is the answer for patients who want quicker results and less downtime than other procedures available today.

How it Works

  • During the quick 15-minute procedure, The Pearl delivers pulses of light to the epidermis.
  • The laser simultaneously sends heat to the deeper layers of skin to stimulate longer-term collagen growth.
  • A natural protective layer forms on the skin, alleviating the need for wound care.
  • The treated skin will look and feel slightly sunburned.
  • On day three or four, the protective layer will peel away leaving new, healthy, vibrant skin.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Pearl

What is Pearl?

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.

 

What does it do? 

A Pearl treatment treats the top layer of the skin with pulses of light, while gently removing a portion of the epidermis (skin surface).  Immediately afterward, a natural protective dressing forms on the skin’s surface.  After 3-4 days, the protective dressing peels off revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.

 

How does it work?

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 3-6 months post-treatment.  The combination of new skin and decreased wrinkles results in a healthier, more youthful appearance

                                                                                                            

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 many treatments will I need?

Many patients experience excellent results after one treatment.  Others may want a second treatment.

 

How long does each treatment take?

The Pearl treatment takes 10-15 minutes. However, we will need to apply a topical anesthetic cream to your face at least 45 minutes before having the Pearl treatment.

 

What does it feel like?

The practitioner will guide the Pearl laser over the skin, gently removing the top layer of the epidermis and heating a layer of tissue below it.  The treatment feels like a series of brief pinches.  On a scale of 1 to 10, with ten representing pain, most people report the treatment feeling like a 2 or 3.

 

What can I expect afterward? 

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.  After 3-4 days, the top layer of skin peels off revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.  You are free to wear makeup again at this time.

 

What benefit will I see?

You will see noticeable results on day 3 or 4, when the superficial tissue has peeled off, leaving fresh, new, healthy skin underneath.

 

Is it safe?

Yes, Pearl is safe.  Cutera received FDA clearance for Pearl for skin resurfacing and the treatment of wrinkles.  Pearl is used primarily on the face but is also useful for the neck, upper chest, and hands.

 

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on the size of the area and the nature of what you’re having treated.  If you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation, we can give you an accurate idea as to the number of treatments you will need and the price. 

 

Can anyone have it done? 

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.  We will assess your particular skin type and let you know if you’re a candidate at the time of your consultation.