Intense Peels & Laser Peels

Intense Peels & Laser Peels at a Glance

Best Results 1 - 2
Duration of Results 8 - 10 months
Treatment Recovery 7 - 10 days
Risks & Complications Medium
Anaesthetic None/Topical
Procedure Time 30 - 60 mins
Skin Specialist Therapist / Doctor
Back To Work 2 - 4 days

With advanced resurfacing treatments like, Pearl fusion (a combination of Pearl and Pearl Fractional Laser), or 35% TCA Peels or 3D Peels, we are able to do intensive resurfacing and remodelling of deep skin conditions such as acne scarring, lines and wrinkles as well as sun damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1

    Are these types of peels available at all branches?

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    The Pearl laser and Pearl Fusion are only available at the Claremont branch in the Western Cape and our Morningside branch in Johannesburg.

    The 3D Peel and 35% TCA peels are performed by doctors only and are available at all Skin Renewal branches nationwide.

  • 2

    What are they and what makes each of these different?

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    Pearl Fusion

    This is a combination of two different lasers in one complete treatment, namely the Pearl Laser and the Pearl Fractional laser. This is a two-stage laser resurfacing treatment that addresses the deep concerns, namely the lines, wrinkles and scars, followed by a more superficial resurfacing of all the other concerns, namely discolouration, pigmentation, poor texture, solar lentigines and dull, tired complexion.

    Pearl Fractional

    In the past, if you wanted to undergo a facial resurfacing treatment, you would have to consider CO2 laser or Erbium Yag laser, which basically vaporize the entire skin, leaving your face completely unprotected, weeping, oozing and at a high risk of infection. With the Pearl Fractional, which is a YSGG laser, we are able to simply remove and vaporize columns of tissue in the skin, leaving some of the tissue intact, and preserving at least some of the skin’s protective function, resulting in a much lesser chance of infection, yet yielding the same results in the long term.

    Pearl Laser

    Pearl laser is like having a full face, deep chemical peel, but without any chemicals at all. We simply use the Pearl laser to even out the entire skin surface by removing the upper layers of the skin with this amazing device. What makes the result so much better than a a deep chemical peel, is again the heat generated by the laser that immediately goes to work on forcing our deeper skin cells (our fibroblasts) to start producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid… all the things that the skin loses as we age. Not only do we have that benefit, but because we are able to remove the epidermis (the upper layers of the skin that you see when you look in the mirror everyday), we can now, during the healing phase, focus on re-growing a brand new, more youthful looking skin.

    When we combine Pearl Fractional and Pearl Laser together in one treatment, we call this, Pearl Fusion. The bottom line is this: if you want a brand new skin, Pearl Fusion is your number one choice.

    35% TCA vs 3D Peel

    You would generally be able to achieve very much the same results with these two amazing treatments, and you would certainly be able to address the same skin concerns.

  • 3

    So why do we have both of these options?

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    35% TCA Peels are a bit more intensive than the 3D Peel, and the downtime and healing time of a 35% TCA Peel, come with a bit more discomfort than that of the 3D peel. So for those patients who wish to “take it a bit slower”, the 3D Peel would be the best option. If you’re a little impatient and want maximum results, as quickly as possible, then the 35% TCA Peel is the one for you.

  • 4

    Can all skin types be safely treated with the intense peels offered at Skin Renewal?

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    No, these more intense treatments can only be done on skin types 1 to 4. One can expect 7-14 days of downtime when having Pearl Fusion done and depends on the number of passes given during the treatment.

    A 3D peel takes between 5 & 7 days of downtime as it is a mid dermal peel while the 35% TCA peel can take up to 5-10 days of downtime.

    All these treatments have a downtime period of between 5 and 10 days, but the trade off for this downtime is that far less treatments are needed to see dramatic improvements with Pearl Fusion, being a laser peel, having the best results.

  • 5

    Who would benefit from having intense peel treatments done?

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    It would be beneficial for most people wanting to slow down the chronological age of ones skin (even those with good skin). These types of treatments are performed on patients who want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, repair photodamage and skin discolorations to name a few.

  • 6

    When is best time to have these types of treatments done?

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    Pearl and our other more intense peels are most beneficial during the winter period, as it takes 10 years off the intrinsic age of ones face which we cannot avoid. This is especially true of the eye area. Due to the amount of downtime required for these types of peels, it’s advised to perform them in the months where sun exposure is at its lowest. Sun exposure can result in pigmentation.

  • 7

    What results can be expected after an intense peel treatment?

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    One can expect far greater skin rejuvenation results from the Pearl fusion than from the 3D peel with the 35 % TCA peel somewhere in between the two.

    Improvements should be visible after one week and continue to show over the next 3-6 months.

  • 8

    What do the more intense peels treat?

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    The intense peels and laser peels (Pearl Fusion, 3D Peel and 35% TCA) all treat the following skin conditions;

    • Fine lines and wrinkles,
    • Acne scars,
    • Rough, leathery, sun damaged skin,
    • Sunspots & Pigmentation
    • Actinic Keratosis (pre-cancerous rough lesions, ageing skin with a rough texture enlarged pores

    It is very important to understand the difference between these amazing treatments and what makes each of them different, so as to make an educated decision about which one would work best for you.

The Pearl laser and Pearl Fusion are only available at the Claremont branch in the Western Cape and our Morningside branch in Johannesburg.

The 3D Peel and 35% TCA peels are performed by doctors only and are available at all Skin Renewal branches nationwide.

Pearl Fusion

This is a combination of two different lasers in one complete treatment, namely the Pearl Laser and the Pearl Fractional laser. This is a two-stage laser resurfacing treatment that addresses the deep concerns, namely the lines, wrinkles and scars, followed by a more superficial resurfacing of all the other concerns, namely discolouration, pigmentation, poor texture, solar lentigines and dull, tired complexion.

Pearl Fractional

In the past, if you wanted to undergo a facial resurfacing treatment, you would have to consider CO2 laser or Erbium Yag laser, which basically vaporize the entire skin, leaving your face completely unprotected, weeping, oozing and at a high risk of infection. With the Pearl Fractional, which is a YSGG laser, we are able to simply remove and vaporize columns of tissue in the skin, leaving some of the tissue intact, and preserving at least some of the skin’s protective function, resulting in a much lesser chance of infection, yet yielding the same results in the long term.

Pearl Laser

Pearl laser is like having a full face, deep chemical peel, but without any chemicals at all. We simply use the Pearl laser to even out the entire skin surface by removing the upper layers of the skin with this amazing device. What makes the result so much better than a a deep chemical peel, is again the heat generated by the laser that immediately goes to work on forcing our deeper skin cells (our fibroblasts) to start producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid… all the things that the skin loses as we age. Not only do we have that benefit, but because we are able to remove the epidermis (the upper layers of the skin that you see when you look in the mirror everyday), we can now, during the healing phase, focus on re-growing a brand new, more youthful looking skin.

When we combine Pearl Fractional and Pearl Laser together in one treatment, we call this, Pearl Fusion. The bottom line is this: if you want a brand new skin, Pearl Fusion is your number one choice.

35% TCA vs 3D Peel

You would generally be able to achieve very much the same results with these two amazing treatments, and you would certainly be able to address the same skin concerns.

35% TCA Peels are a bit more intensive than the 3D Peel, and the downtime and healing time of a 35% TCA Peel, come with a bit more discomfort than that of the 3D peel. So for those patients who wish to “take it a bit slower”, the 3D Peel would be the best option. If you’re a little impatient and want maximum results, as quickly as possible, then the 35% TCA Peel is the one for you.

No, these more intense treatments can only be done on skin types 1 to 4. One can expect 7-14 days of downtime when having Pearl Fusion done and depends on the number of passes given during the treatment.

A 3D peel takes between 5 & 7 days of downtime as it is a mid dermal peel while the 35% TCA peel can take up to 5-10 days of downtime.

All these treatments have a downtime period of between 5 and 10 days, but the trade off for this downtime is that far less treatments are needed to see dramatic improvements with Pearl Fusion, being a laser peel, having the best results.

It would be beneficial for most people wanting to slow down the chronological age of ones skin (even those with good skin). These types of treatments are performed on patients who want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, repair photodamage and skin discolorations to name a few.

Pearl and our other more intense peels are most beneficial during the winter period, as it takes 10 years off the intrinsic age of ones face which we cannot avoid. This is especially true of the eye area. Due to the amount of downtime required for these types of peels, it’s advised to perform them in the months where sun exposure is at its lowest. Sun exposure can result in pigmentation.

One can expect far greater skin rejuvenation results from the Pearl fusion than from the 3D peel with the 35 % TCA peel somewhere in between the two.

Improvements should be visible after one week and continue to show over the next 3-6 months.

The intense peels and laser peels (Pearl Fusion, 3D Peel and 35% TCA) all treat the following skin conditions;

  • Fine lines and wrinkles,
  • Acne scars,
  • Rough, leathery, sun damaged skin,
  • Sunspots & Pigmentation
  • Actinic Keratosis (pre-cancerous rough lesions, ageing skin with a rough texture enlarged pores

It is very important to understand the difference between these amazing treatments and what makes each of them different, so as to make an educated decision about which one would work best for you.

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Review -"Fabulous personality!"
Reviewed on 28 October 2015 by Lenske van den Berg

Melissa is an amazing therapist with a wealth of knowledge and fabulous personality to boot. My skin is showing great improvement and Melissa is great with recommending what I need. My monthly visits here are a real treat!

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