PEARL Laser Resurfacing – Cost, Recovery, What to Expect

PEARL Laser Resurfacing – Cost, Recovery, What to Expect

Our skin changes with age. It starts sagging, wrinkles appear, and sun damage is more obvious. We simply start looking older and more tired than ever. But since that’s a part of our natural life cycle, it’s safe to say there’s nothing wrong with it. However, many people are bothered by their appearance and want to look as best as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that, either.

So, let’s talk about collagen. Our bodies produce this binding agent that holds it all together. In fact, it helps our body maintain its shape and structure. Also, collagen doesn’t only help our skin look nice and smooth – it also helps our joints function properly. So, it’s no wonder why people give it so much importance.

Unfortunately, the production of collagen slows down with age. This is what makes your skin’s structure loosen. And that’s exactly why we want to talk to you about Pearl laser resurfacing treatment. It will make your skin look as good as new… literally. Curious to know more? Read on.

What is Pearl Laser?

So, if you’ve been searching for “Pearl Ottawa” looking to find more information – you’ve come to the right place.

What is Pearl? It’s a skin resurfacing treatment designed to give your skin a pearl-like finish, hence the name. However, there’s a lot more you should know about this laser. It uses pulses of light to remove the old layers of skin, exposing new healthy ones. But don’t let this explanation frighten you because Cutera’s Pearl laser is smart enough to remove only dead skin cells.

The Pear laser sounds magical so far but what does it have to do with our intro about collagen? Well, the light pulses improve your skin’s state by stimulating collagen production!

Another thing you should know about this laser is that there are 3 levels to it. They include:

  • Pearl: Non-ablative laser, doesn’t remove layers of skin
  • Pearl Fractional: Ablative laser, targeting more problematic areas
  • Pearl Fusion: A combination of the former two for maximized results

What Does This Laser Treat?

Let’s talk about what Pearl laser treats next. The first thing to keep in mind is that, even though Pearl works like magic, it won’t be able to rewind time. With that being said, this laser can treat:

  • Fine lines
  • Deeper wrinkles
  • Light and dark sun spots
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Acne scars
  • Discoloration

Having any, or multiple, of these imperfections is the perfect Pearl indication! However, we’ll have you know that people with darker skin tones shouldn’t undergo this type of laser resurfacing treatment. That’s simply because they’re at high risk of hyperpigmentation. Other than that, the perfect candidate for the Pearl laser is someone with light to medium skin tone that also has skin imperfections of medium severity.

What to Expect During Treatment?

Something that most patients get anxious about is the treatment itself. What does it look like? Does it hurt? So many questions and we have answers to them all.

The procedure starts when the doctor from your Ottawa laser clinic of choice applies a topical numbing cream. This will help alleviate any possible pain or discomfort from the laser itself. Also, knowing there will be little to no pain will help ease your anxiety.

The Pearl laser magic can begin once your face is numb and you’ve settled down. Most patients describe the sensation as a series of fast, hot flashes when the laser starts zapping. So, that’s all you should look forward to. The discomfort is minimal due to the numbing cream, and the procedure itself lasts around 50 minutes.

Post-treatment Recovery

Naturally, everyone wants to know what their recovery will look like. For many patients, this is where the anxiety comes back. Why? Because your face is likely to be a little red, swollen, and even start peeling. That may look unsightly but it’s no reason to panic because it’s a normal occurrence.

Skin will need time to heal and grow again, and you’re looking at a downtime of 5-7 days. Your doctor will prescribe topical and/or oral medications for you to use during this time. The most important thing you can do during recovery is not to expose yourself to the sun and harmful UV rays. At least not before applying high-factor sunscreen and reapplying it every 2 hours. Be disciplined and keep up with your skincare routine too because your skin needs it now more than ever.

You won’t see the benefits of Pearl laser immediately after treatment because your face will be red and potentially swollen. But as these symptoms subside, they will reveal a new, plump and healthy layer of skin that looks so much better. So, be patient, give it a couple of weeks to see the actual results.

Potential Side Effects

While redness and swelling are some of the Pearl side effects, that’s not where the list ends. Other possible side effects and risks include:

  • Peeling
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Discolouration
  • Bleeding

Don’t let this list scare you because every patient is different. Some experience more severe redness, while others only turn mildly pink. Your doctor will be able to assess your situation and problem area, but you never know what side effects you’ll experience before getting the treatment. Rest assured that all post-treatment symptoms can be treated.

The Cost of Pearl Laser Treatment

Finally, let’s talk about the cost. To be blunt, Pearl laser resurfacing procedure can cost anywhere from $1.500 to $4.000. However, the price point can vary depending on many factors. They include:

  • Provider
  • Location
  • Treated area

We know that, for many potential patients, that’s a lot of money. But is it worth it? It’s not just about beauty or aesthetics. It’s about collagen and the overall health of your skin too. The only thing you should do at this point is to ask yourself if it is worth it to you.

If you’re asking us – we think it is. It’s called a treatment for a reason, and we know it’ll help not only your skin but your confidence too. Also, you don’t have to wait until you’re in your 50s to get it. Many 30-year-olds get it as a preventive and rejuvenating measure, so they don’t have to worry much later on. Of course, the decision is all yours, and we urge you to give it a lot of thought first.

Need More Assistance? Let Us Help!

The best way to see if this procedure is for you and how much it could cost is to search for “Pearl near me Ottawa.” The results will give you a plethora of Ottawa laser clinics to choose from, but we’ll do you a favour and cut your search short. Choose us instead!

Why should you do that? Because we have an experienced team with Dr. S in the lead that knows how to take care of her patients. Just one appointment is enough for them to figure out your treatment plan. And that means you won’t have to go out of your way many times to get this Pearl laser resurfacing treatment done.

Sounds too good to be true? Reach out via our contact form or give us a call at 613-737-5675 and see for yourself!

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