Q: What exactly is Pearl Laser Resurfacing?
A: Pearl is a resurfacing laser that gives you relatively quick, invisible results. It treats fine lines, uneven skin texture and light or dark spots caused by sun damage or age.
Q: How will Pearl Laser Resurfacing help my skin?
A: The Pearl Laser replaces the entire top layer of sun-damaged skin. It sends heat to the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen, which fills out and decreases fine lines and wrinkles. The new collagen growth will continue for three to six months after you've had the Pearl Laser Resurfacing treatment.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Most people only do one treatment, but for those that qualify for two, we do those about a month apart. A numbing cream is applied for 45 minutes prior to the procedure, and the treatment itself takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Q: How is Pearl Laser Resurfacing different from CO2 Laser Treatment?
A: CO2 used to be the gold standard and was the only option we really had for resurfacing, but there's far more downtime and more risk of scarring associated with CO2 laser treatment.
Q: What can I expect after treatment?
A: There is downtime associated with this procedure, which is anywhere from three to six days. Immediately after the procedure, the skin appears red. After the third day, the top layer of skin will peel, and you will continue to hydrate your skin for the next several weeks. You will apply some ointment following the resurfacing for three to four days and then the top layer of skin begins to peel – which will take a day or two – after which you will already be able to wear makeup and resume your regular beauty regimen.
Q: How much does Pearl Laser Resurfacing cost?
A: It varies, but typically it's $1,200.
Q&A with Leslie Brothers, RN, BSN
Health & Beauty Boutique
Leslie has worked as an RN since 1987 after graduating from Boston College School of Nursing. She has worked ICU at University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, Duke University and Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. After coming to Atlanta in 1994, she preferred to focus on pursuing her passion for aesthetic medicine. Leslie started and maintained a skin care business for 20 years at St. Joseph's Hospital with a well-respected plastic surgeon. She is highly skilled with multiple certifications in laser, skin care, injectables and a variety of other aesthetic areas. Leslie is currently vice president of WINGS, a division of St. Joseph's Mercy Care Foundation, and has been a member for the last 20 years. Leslie's knowledge, dedication and commitment to patient care have allowed her to provide the best in skin care. She is passionate about helping her patients look and feel their best.
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