The latest in ablative laser technologies is the introduction and advent of new sub-ablative technologies by using the Pearl procedure to selective ablate tissue leaving surrounding tissue undamaged and accelerating the healing process. Do not confuse this type of device with others used for skin tightening as the light energies are specifically focused for sub-ablation of tissue.
The Pearl procedure combines the impact of resurfacing lasers with the gentleness and safety of non-invasive procedures to treat aging and sun-damaged skin. Pearl reduces wrinkles, uneven texture, and solar damage with fewer treatments and less overall recovery than other technologies to provide a healthy, pearl-like glow.
During the procedure, the top layer of skin is treated with pulses of light in a pre-selected pattern. The laser simultaneously sends heat to the deeper layers of skin, causing a natural dressing to form on the skin to minimize downtime during the restorative process. On day 3 or 4, this natural dressing will peel or slough off, revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath. In a short time, patients will notice overall skin clarity, smoothness and softness-all from a 30 minute procedure with only 3-4 days of “social” downtime. With “social” downtime, you can continue your normal daily activies. However, you many not wish to attend important social events because your face will appear pink/red for 3-4 days. Results are noticeable by day 3 or 4 when the superficial tissue has peeled off. Make-up may be applied at this time.The Pearl treatment feels like a series of brief pinches, On a scale of 1-10, with 10 representing pain, most patients report the treament feeling like a 2 or 3. After the treatment, the skin will look and feel mildly sunburned. You will apply ointment on the skin for 3-4 days. Since you can not wear sunscreen at this time, you will need to limit sun exposure for a few days after the treatment.Patients may choose to have a Pearl treatment combined with other laser procedures such as Laser Genesis and /or Titan, as well as fillers or Botox .