Pearl Minimally-Ablative Resurfacing

PEARL by Cutera

Pearl delivers superior results, imporving upon non-ablative fractional laser

  • Indicated for fine wrinkles
  • Full epidermal renewal is achieved with YSGG’s 2790 nm wavelength.
  • Patients receive 1-2 treatments without weeping and oozing and recover in 3-5 days

Pearl Laser Fact Sheet

  • Pearl is the first FDA-cleared laser with a 2790nm wavelength for the treatment of wrinkles.
  • Pearl is the only treatment offering full epidermal turnover with truly low impact “social” downtime and no wound care.
  • The Pearl treatment, also called a “thermal peel,” is being described by doctors as a more advanced, controlled, safer, contemporary version of the chemical peel.
  • Pearl addresses all common skin care concerns:
    o Reduces fines lines and wrinkles
    o Smoothes uneven texture and discoloration
    o Repairs sun damage
    o Reduces pore size
  • Pearl Benefits:
    o Full face treatments with the ability to treat the entire epidermis
    o Natural dressing protects skin post treatment, alleviating the need for wound care
    o 10 – 15 minute procedure time
    o 1 – 2 treatments
    o 3 – 4 days of social downtime
    o Thermal collagen stimulation
  • A Pearl treatment optimizes the balance between the efficacy of traditional resurfacing lasers and the safety of minimal-ablative procedures
  • Patient Experience:
    o The top layer of the skin is treated with pulses of light in a pre-selected pattern. The laser simultaneously sends heat to the deeper layers of skin to provide longer-term benefits.
    o A natural protective dressing forms on the skin to minimize downtime during the restorative process. On day 3 or 4, this natural dressing will peel or slough off, leaving new, smooth, healthy, pure skin underneath.

PEARL Post Treatment Instructions

Ways to Speed Healing:

  • Apply Aquaphor (or plain Vaseline) to treated areas.
    o Re-apply frequently as needed to maintain a continuous layer on your skin
  • Soak the treated skin with a plain white vinegar solution 4 to 8 times each day.
    o You can’t soak too much. Soaking reduces redness and speeds healing!
  • Do not pick, rub, scrub or irritate your skin while it is healing.

How to Soak:

Dip a clean, soft, wash cloth into vinegar solution and place the wet cloth against your skin, gently pressing to ensure the vinegar solution wets the skin. Rinse and repeat for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Most of the Aquaphor should come off during the soak (do NOT rub).
  • Make Solution:
    o1 teaspoon of plain white vinegar to 2 cups of water.
  • Solution may be mixed up ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.
    o Apply a layer of Aquaphor or plain Vaseline ointment to the treated area immediately after soaking. If the skin gets dry or scabbed, you need to soak more often.

DO NOT:

  • Do not put ANY other creams, ointments or products of any kind on your face until your care provider indicates it is ok to do so.
  • Do not let your skin come in contact with detergents, fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Fabrics that have been treated with these products may irritate your skin.
  • Do not pick, rub, scrub or irritate your skin in any way while it is healing.
  • Do not expose the treated area to the sun (even on cloudy days).
  • Remember, UVA passes through house and car windows.
  • UVA exposure can cause skin to darken.

What to Expect:

  • The skin will usually start sloughing on day 3 or 4. Do not pick at it but allow skin to slough off on its own.
  • Skin may be red for the first 3-7 days and then turn darker as the skin begins to slough (peel).
  • Swelling may also occur and usually resolves in 2-3 days.
    o Sleeping on 2 pillows with your head elevated is helpful.
  • It is normal for skin to feel “sunburned” and/or tight.

General Instructions:

  • It is OK to shower but do not let your shampoo or hair products get on your face.
    o Do a vinegar soak after the shower followed by Aquaphor or Vaseline.
  • If you experience itching, an over the counter antihistamine such as Benedryl (diphenhydramine) may be helpful.
  • Acetaminophen may be used if needed.