Pearl Fractional at a Glance

Best Results 1 - 2
Duration of Results 10 - 12 months
Treatment Recovery Up to 2 weeks
Risks & Complications Medium
Anaesthetic Topical
Procedure Time 30 - 60 mins
Skin Specialist Doctor / SNR therapist
Back To Work Next 2 - 3 days

Frequently Asked Questions

Pearl Fractional treatments are only available at Skin Renewal Morningside in Johannesburg.

Pearl Fractional is a new, fractional laser designed to improve imperfections due to aging, scarring and sun damage. Pearl Fractional offers the best combination of safety, patient experience and recovery time. Patients also notice a smoother, brighter complexion overall.

During the procedure, the laser uses heat to create tiny holes deep in the skin. The process removes sun-damaged tissue and then stimulates the growth of healthy, new skin, full of fresh collagen. This plumps the skin from below, repairing photodamage and other skin imperfections.

Fractional therapy describes a treatment that affects only a fraction or small percentage of the skin. With Pearl Fractional, laser pulses treat damaged cells deep in the skin. This fractional treatment selectively removes columns of tissue leaving the surrounding skin intact. This treatment shortens healing time and stimulates the body’s own natural process for creating new collagen, plumping the skin from below and reversing photo aging and other imperfections.

  • Tiny holes (the size of a pore) ensure maximum results with minimal risk and down time.
  • Controlled energy means a more comfortable patient experience
  • Treatments are safe and effective with rapid recovery.
  • Indicated for moderate to severe photoaging.
  • The 2790 nm wavelength (YSGG) controls thermal damage to maximize ablation while maintaining thermal stimulation and coagulation.
  • Controlled thermal zone minimizes risk of PIH and other complications.
  • Single treatment results are possible because our large 300 micron spot size ablates enough tissue in one pass, however for severely damaged skin, up to four treatment may be required.
  • Wound healing causes increased fibroblast activity and long term collagen deposition. Improvement is realized over a six month period.
  • A recent comparative study to other fractional devices demonstrated that Pearl Fractional was a more comfortable patient experience; furthermore, the treatment is possible with only topical anesthetics and/or local nerve blocks.

Most patients will see significant improvement after just one treatment. In cases where there is severe scarring or sun damage, more treatments may be necessary.

Patients with light-to-medium skin tones and skin imperfections due to aging, post acne scarring and sun damage will benefit from a Pearl Fractional treatment.

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 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.

After treatment, the skin looks sun burnt, is red and swollen. Pin spot bleeding and oozing is also a common post procedure effect. Discomfort is reported after treatment and is easily managed with the correct aftercare. Most patients take a few days off work. During post care, patients apply an occlusive ointment to the skin for four to five days, specific make up can be used within 72 hours afterwards if desired. It is very important that there is little or no sun exposure after the treatment for a period of up to 6 months.

Many patients have a Pearl Fractional treatment in combination with other cosmetic therapies. These include other Cutera laser and light procedures, such as Pearl, Laser Genesis and Limelight. Discuss combination treatment options with your practitioner.

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Review -In good hands!
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by Dominique Bogner

Nothing but professional, friendly and in general, great service. If I ask questions, they are always answered in depth. I get told if a treatment I want to do, won't work, which makes me feel confidant that I am in good hands and not going to get "taken for a ride". The length of time I have been coming here for should indicate my level of satisfaction. Thank you to Liezel who is fantastic! Bev and Jo have also attended to me and been great. Donnè and Prudence who also help me on the sidelines also always do so with a smile.

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