Pros and Cons of Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedures

If you’ve been considering laser skin resurfacing to reduce the effects of aging or improve the texture of your skin after acne, you may be a good candidate for the Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing solution by Cutera. This innovative treatment was designed to treat brown and red spots, reduce pore size and eliminate wrinkles.

The painless procedure offers several benefits for individuals who are noticing the sings of premature aging, and can help to correct sun damaged skin after a single treatment. Here’s a close look at the benefits and drawbacks of Pearl laser skin resurfacing procedures:

How Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

The Pearl laser skin resurfacing treatment works by emitting pulses of light to the top layer of skin and delivering laser energy deeper into the skin. This damages the skin at a deeper level which in turn triggers the production of collagen and elastin. As the skin begins to heal itself, it becomes much stronger and resilient. The skin is dressed with a protective dressing that helps nourish the damaged skin cells and promotes healing. After three to four days, the dressing peels off and is buffed away to reveal a fresher layer of skin underneath.
The Pearl laser treatment takes approximately 15 minutes and requires about three to four days of downtime. It is suitable for almost all skin types, but may not be a good match for darker skin types because there is a risk of hypo- or hyperpigmentation.

Key Benefits of Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing

One of the significant differences between the Pearl laser and other types of skin resurfacing procedures is that the Pearl laser treatment goes deep into the epidermis and triggers immediate tissue breakdown and removal. This process is similar to what happens with a chemical peel, except the process is done with a high-energy laser beam instead of different types of acid.
Some of the key benefits of the Pearl laser treatment include:
  • Short downtime
  • Can correct uneven skin tone
  • Can treat sun damaged skin
  • Helps create a pearl-like glow
  • Lightens the skin to create a more youthful look
  • Reduces pore size
  • Eliminates fine lines and wrinkles
  • Painless procedure
  • Reduces skin laxity
  • Makes skin softer and smoother
The average cost of the Pearl laser treatment in the United States is $900 to $1,200.

Drawbacks of Pearl Laser Skin Resurfacing

While the Pearl laser skin resurfacing procedure offers several benefits, there are some risks and drawbacks to consider. Women who are pregnant and individuals who have taken Accutane within the previous six months are not good candidates for this, and other types of laser skin resurfacing procedures, because there is a risk of excessive burning or scarring of the skin tissues.
Since the skin becomes very sensitive to sunlight and UVA/UVB damage after the treatment, patients must plan to stay out of the sun for several weeks or months. In rare cases, some patients experience extreme skin lightening and transient darkening of the skin.
Learn more about laser skin resurfacing treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Pearl laser treatment.