Laser resurfacing is one of the most common cosmetic procedures received to treat wrinkles, uneven skin and other minor dermatological conditions. Today, there are several types of lasers to choose from, but the Pearl laser is among the gentlest.
How does the Pearl laser work?
Like other lasers, the Pearl uses targeted pulses of light to gently remove top layers of the skin, but the Pearl does more by sending heat into the deeper layers to encourage collagen production. Following the treatment, collagen production can last for up to four to six weeks. Increased collagen production leads to firmer, tighter skin.
What’s the recovery time following a Pearl laser treatment?
Healing will vary among patients, but you can expect “social downtime” for a period of approximately one week. This means that you will be able to perform most of your regular, routine activities, but you will want to avoid scheduling any major social event – your skin will be red, and the top layers will eventually dry and flake away.
You won’t be able to wear sunscreen during this period either, so protective clothing and accessories will be required.
What are the benefits of a Pearl laser treatment?
Laser resurfacing treatments lead to smoother, more evenly toned skin; improved appearance of scars and wrinkles; and an overall more youthful appearance.
Pearl also offers the benefits of fewer treatments and less downtime. Typically, one or two treatments can effectively renew the skin, while some other resurfacing procedures require multiple treatments.
How do I prepare for my Pearl laser resurfacing treatment?
Laser skin resurfacing doesn’t require extensive pretreatment. You may be told to refrain from taking aspirin – or other blood-thinning medications – stop smoking and avoid alcohol for a period of time before the procedure.
Also, if you are prone to cold sores and fever blisters, you may need to take a preventative medication prior to treatment.
What are the risks of Pearl laser resurfacing?
Under the care of a skilled, experienced professional, skin resurfacing is safe and effective. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks.
Some of these include:
-Permanent changes to the skin’s pigmentation
-Reemergence or reactivation of cold sores
-Infection during healing
These risks are mild and diminishable. It’s imperative that you select a professional who has experience using the Pearl laser to minimize these risks. Also, follow your post-procedure instructions without fail to ensure optimal healing.