There are several skin concerns that might make you want to consider laser resurfacing. You might have fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, acne scars or moderate sun damage. The Pearl procedure is a great treatment to address these concerns in addition to helping you become more confident in your own skin. Pearl is an ablative laser, meaning it is a more aggressive approach for skin resurfacing than other types of lasers out there, such as non-ablative ones. This more aggressive approach has its own benefits. It typically delivers optimal results in as few as 1-2 treatments, as well as having a more dramatic effect.
Pearl works by reaching the layers of skin below the surface and gently heating them, which then causes the outermost layers to be shed. Once the healing process is complete, it reveals the new dermal layer below it which will appear more healthy and vibrant than the skin that was shed. The process takes about 5 to 7 days of down time, and you will need to apply ointment to it because it will look and feel as if you have a sunburn. This will also moisturize your skin and help it form its own protective dressing, which will peel off over the next few days. In addition, you will have to limit your exposure to sunlight. However, if you do have to be outside, be sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen to reduce contact with the sun.
If you are deciding between different options for laser resurfacing and are not sure which to choose, you should consider the severity of your skin concerns. Pearl is a great treatment for individuals with a lighter skin tone who might have uneven texture caused by wrinkles or scars, among other concerns. Compared to some Erbium and CO2 laser treatments, there is less downtime associated with Pearl. In addition, the Pearl laser is gentler than CO2 and typically patients need only 1 or 2 treatments with Pearl.
If you are interested in learning more about laser resurfacing with the Pearl procedure, or to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Padilla, you can call us at (860)-242-0497.