Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Resurfacing the skin has been a part of plastic surgery for over 20 years. In Colorado, various laser skin resurfacing treatments have been used over the years with varying results. One of the newer technologies to improve skin texture and tightening is the Pearl and Pearl Fractional Laser. This laser is revolutionizing the treatment of skin texture, tone, wrinkles, and sun damage. Pearl and Pearl Fractional treat the top layer of the skin to improve sun damage, texture and wrinkles, while the deeper layers of the skin are heated to stimulate collagen growth. This really is skin rejuvenation at its finest.
The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has two offices conveniently located in the Denver metropolitan area. One is located just outside of Denver in lovely Golden, Colorado immediately off 6th Ave West and the other is located downtown in Cherry Creek, Denver. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn what plastic surgery can do for you. Simply call 720.279.1926 or request your consultationconsultation online.
The Pearl Procedure
Understanding Your Procedure
During the procedure, the top layer of 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 long-term benefits. 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, healthy, vibrant skin. In a short time, patients will notice overall skin clarity, smoothness and softness - all from a 15-20 minute treatment with only 3 - 6 days of "social" downtime.
We recommend 2-3 treatments spaced approximately one month apart to achieve the desired results. Other patients may need only one laser skin resurfacing treatment in Denver. You may also want to consider follow up treatments as desired.
Results are noticeable by day 3 or 4 when the superficial tissue has peeled off, leaving fresh, new, healthy skin underneath. You may return to using make-up and active medical grade skin care products at this time.
Expectations After Treatment
After treatment, your skin will look and feel sunburned. Dr. Vath or Dr. Wolfe will recommend post-treatment care, a moisturizer and Aquaphor to keep the skin moisturized. You will need to limit sun exposure for a few days after the treatment.
Downtime is the time spent recovering from a procedure. With "social" downtime, you can continue most normal activities. However, avoid scheduling this treatment for at least 7-10 days prior to any important social events.
Combining Pearl with Surgery or Other Therapy
Yes, patients may choose to have a Pearl treatment during a surgical procedure. Many of our patients combine the pearl therapy with a face lift or mini facelift to enjoy the benefits a more youthful appearance with fresh looking skin. The benefits of combining these two procedures also include the benefit of no discomfort since you are anesthetized from the surgical procedure. Patients can also combine this therapy with injectables. We will customize an appropriate treatment plan for you.
Pearl Fractional Therapy
Pearl Fractional is a new, volumizing fractional laser perfected for treating wrinkles and photoaging in as few as one treatment. Pearl Fractional offers the best combination of patient experience and recovery time. Pearl Fractional is used to treat deep wrinkles, photodamage, uneven tone and texture. It will also produce a noticeably smoother, brighter complexion.
Understanding Your Procedure
Fractional therapy describes a treatment that affects only a fraction or small percentage of the skin. With Pearl Fractional, laser pulses place tiny holes deep in the skin. Columns of damaged tissue are selectively removed, leaving surrounding skin intact.
This fractional treatment shortens healing time and stimulates the body's own natural process for creating new collagen, plumping the skin from below and reversing wrinkles, photoaging and other imperfections.
- Tiny holes enable safe treatment and a rapid recovery
- Deep treatment provides results in a single session
- Controlled energy means maximum results with a more comfortable patient experience
Pearl Fractional can treat the entire face and is uniquely effective in 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.
Most patients will see significant improvement after just one treatment; however, some patients may require a second treatment to achieve their goals.
Pearl Fractional's unique laser wavelength offers a safe but intense treatment to reverse the signs of aging. This combination gives patients dramatic results in a single treatment with approximately one week of recovery. Other fractional devices require more treatments than Pearl Fractional, and may not be as effective in treating deep wrinkles.
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 some discomfort. Practitioners may choose to augment topical creams with other medications based on patient need.
Expectations After Treatment
After treatment, the skin looks sunburned and may be slightly swollen. Patients report little or no discomfort post treatment. Dr. Wolfe or Dr. Vath will recommend post-treatment care, including Aquaphor to keep the skin moisturized for approximately four to five days. In addition, you should limit sun exposure and wear protective clothing.
Downtime is the time spent recovering from a procedure. With "social" downtime, you can continue most normal activities. However, avoid scheduling this treatment for at least 10 to 14 days prior to any important social events.
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.
Pearl Fractional with Surgery or Other Treatments
Many patients have a Pearl Fractional treatment in combination with other cosmetic therapies. These include other facial surgical procedures and injectables treatmetns, such as BOTOX®, JUVÉDERM®, and Sculptra®. Combination treatment options should be discussed with Dr. Wolfe or Dr. Vath. Combining Pearl Fractional with a surgical procedure provides a comprehensive approach to rejuvenation; a more youthful appearance and skin that appears refreshed and healthy.