What is the Pearl Fractional treatment?
Pearl Fractional is a fractional laser perfected for treating photodamaged skin in just one treatment. Pearl Fractional offers the best combination of patient experience and recovery time.
What does “fractional” mean? How does the Pearl Fractional work?
Fractional therapy describes a treatment that exposes only a fraction of the skin to the laser beam in a pattern of tiny dots. With Pearl Fractional, laser pulses place tiny holes in the skin. Columns of damaged tissue are selectively removed, leaving surrounding skin intact. After a treatment, the body’s own natural process creates new collagen improving the appearance of fine lines and aging skin.
- Tiny holes enable safe treatment and a rapid recovery
- Deep treatment provides results in a single session
- Controlled energy means maximum results with greater patient comfort
How many treatments are recommended?
Most patients see significant improvement after just one treatment. Who is a candidate for Pearl Fractional? Patients with light-to-medium skin tones and skin imperfections due to aging and sun damage will benefit from a Pearl Fractional treatment. What areas of the face can be treated? Pearl Fractional can be used on the entire face and is uniquely effective in treating the delicate periorbital (around the eyes) and perioral (around the mouth) areas. These areas often show the first signs of aging and can be the most challenging to treat. How does a Pearl Fractional treatment feel? Most patients describe the treatment as a series of fast, hot pinches. A topical numbing cream is applied to the skin prior to treatment to alleviate discomfort. Practitioners may choose to augment topical creams with other medications based on patient need.
When will I see results? How soon can I wear make-up?
Many patients see improvement one week after treatment. Maximum results are visible in one to three months. Patients may apply make-up five days after treatment.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after a Pearl Fractional procedure?
After treatment, the skin looks sunburned and may be slightly swollen. Patients report little or no discomfort post-treatment. During post-care, patients apply ointment to the skin for four to five days and should limit sun exposure and wear protective clothing.
Can Pearl Fractional be part of a combination therapy?
Many patients have a Pearl Fractional treatment in combination with other existing cosmetic therapies. These include other Cutera laser and light procedures, such as Pearl®, Laser Genesis and LimeLight®. Discuss combination treatment options with your practitioner.
How does Pearl Fractional compare to other fractional laser treatments?
Pearl Fractional’s unique laser wavelength and its ability to deeply penetrate the skin, is perfectly balanced to dramatically improve the appearance of aging skin in a single treatment.