Living in Utah, there’s no shortage of sun and cold weather to take a toll on your skin. The number one contributor to skin aging is sun exposure, and when you couple the intensity of high-altitude exposure it has even more power. Although skin aging, obviously, is inevitable, there are skin care treatments that can help you regain your youthful look.
At Spa Vitoria, one of our most popular treatments for skin improvement is Pearl Fractional.
What is Pearl Fractional laser treatment?
In a Pearl Fractional laser treatment, the laser uses heat to create tiny holes deep in the skin. The process breaks down damaged surface skin and initiates a healing response in dermis layer that stimulates the growth of new skin cells, collagen, and elastin.
This fractional laser treatment volumizes the skin, treating wrinkles and photoaging to restore a youthful look. It can also even out the skin’s tone and texture, smoothing out rough surfaces and brightening the complexion.
Where can Pearl Fractional treatment be used?
Pearl Fractional treatment may be used on the patient’s entire face, yet it is very effective on the delicate areas around the eyes and mouth, the areas of the face that show the first signs of aging. It also is effective on scars and stretch marks anywhere on the body.
What can I expect during my Pearl Fractional laser treatment?
Patients describe the sensation as a series of quick, hot pinches on the skin. To alleviate discomfort during the procedure, we apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment sites beforehand.
“Dr. Saltz and his staff are always respectful, courteous and professional. They make every effort to make sure you understand procedures and are satisfied with your results. “ – C.A.
How does Pearl Fractional laser treatment work?
The name “fractional” comes from the way the laser treats only a fraction of the skin. This is done by emitting laser pulses directly into the affected area of the skin, creating microscopic holes. The fractional treatment selectively removes columns of tissue, leaving the surrounding skin intact. The surrounding skin instantly gets busy repairing the adjacent skin, improving surface issues such as texture.
Then the laser energy that has penetrated the epidermis down into the dermis creates a wound response. Any time the body senses heat in the dermis layer, it responds by remodeling the existing collagen at the wound location, and initiating new collagen and elastin production. This despite the fact that the microscopic wounds actually fully heal in just a couple of hours. This boost in collagen production continues for weeks and strengthens the skin quality and its structural support.
How many Pearl Fractional sessions will I need?
Our Spa Vitoria patients see nice improvement in their skin after a single Pearl Fractional session. The procedure works well on patients who have light to medium skin color and whose skin imperfections are due to sun damage and general aging.
Is there recovery after a Pearl Fractional treatment?
After your treatment, you skin will be red and swollen, as if you have a moderate sunburn. Initially, you’ll have some pinpoint bleeding and oozing, and you’ll have some discomfort. You’ll probably want to take a couple days off work to let your skin recover.
“Dr. Saltz is wonderful, explains procedures in great detail and makes certain you’re satisfied with your results. I highly recommend him!” – J.D.
When can I see the results from my treatment?
Patients notice improvement in their skin a week after their initial session. Full results are visible in one to three months as the new collagen production improves the skin.
When can I wear makeup after a Pearl Fractional treatment? Do I need to do anything else?
You should wait 72 hours before applying makeup.
It’s very important to protect your skin from any sun exposure because much of its defense against UV rays has been diminished by this treatment. For up to six months it’s a good idea to wear nothing but 30+ SPF sunscreen and cover up with clothing. Remember, it’s probably excessive sun exposure that predicated coming to Spa Vitoria for a Pearl Fractional treatment to begin with!
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Interested in learning more about our Pearl Fractional treatment? Call our Park City office at 435.655.6612 and our Salt Lake City office at 801.274.9500 to schedule your consultation with plastic surgeon Renato Saltz today!