Combination Pearl and Pearl Fractional Laser Worked Great!
I am 38 years old, don't smoke or tan, and...
- 22 Apr 2009
I am 38 years old, don't smoke or tan, and generally take good care of my skin, but I wanted to get rid of some acne scars, smooth some fine lines, and firm the skin under my eyes. Don't really have crow's feet, just a little crepiness. A few of my acne scars were right in that nose-to-mouth line, so they made this line look deeper on my left side. I was considering filler injections (like Juvederm) and maybe a chemical peel.
My Dr. said the Pearl Fractional would be more effective, not to mention more permanent, for the acne scars, but I didn't need it all over my face since otherwise my skin was in good condition. He also suggested the Pearl Laser rather than the medium-depth chemical peel for my under-eye and forehead wrinkles. He performs both the Pearl laser and chemical peels, and they cost the same amount, but he said the Pearl was less invasive and painful than the chemical. I am also VERY fair-skinned, which I understand can make laser procedures more effective. So this was the one time in my life that being pale worked in my favor.
So he did the Pearl laser all over my face, and then the Pearl Fractional just on my cheeks. He charged me 1/2 price for the Pearl fractional since he didn't do my entire face, and discounted the price of the Pearl laser since I was having more than one procedure, which I thought was a pretty good deal. He even did the Pearl laser on my neck.
I had both procedures performed with just the topical anesthetic, and had very little pain. It hurt a little during the procedures, but the pain was very brief. The worst part was later that day and night. I was told to expect some oozing from the Pearl Fractional area, but I was oozing blood from every hole they drilled in my face! Even this was NOT painful, just gross. This continued for the first 18 hours or so. My pillow was ruined, even with 2 pillow cases. I never really felt pain, my face was just warm like a sunburn. The vinegar soaks and vaseline helped. And I was a little nauseous the first night and the next day.
The procedures were done on a Wednesday afternoon, my skin peeled completely on Saturday, and I returned to work, with make-up, on Monday. After the oozing stopped, it was really unbelievable how quickly I healed. My skin improved exponentially each day.
It has been one week, and I look great! My cheeks are still red and my skin is drier than normal, but getting better every day. My acne scars are about 90% gone, and the skin under my eyes and the rest of my face is firmer and smooth. After spending who-knows-how-much on products that don't work, it is really satisfying to see such great results.
I know this was a really long review, but I have searched extensively trying to find out what to expect with these treatments, but couldn't find anything detailed. The only cons to having these procedures I can think of are the messiness from the oozing and the vaseline, and that I was bored to death since I couldn't go out in the sun and had to stay home. Small sacrifice!
He recommended the best procedures for me and gave me the results he promised. The rest of his staff was also very friendly and helpful.