Consider laser skin rejuvenation to combat damaged epidermis


By Dr. Jodi Harper and Dr. Angela Corea

As we age, the effects of our sun-loving-days begin to take their toll on our skin.  Lines, wrinkles, dark spots and uneven texture are all signs of sun damage.  How can we help reverse these signs?

Laser skin rejuvenation is a great option to consider.  The laser is used to remove layers of damaged skin so that new, smoother, more vibrant, youthful looking skin is revealed.

Other lasers have been used for this problem for years, but there were many risks.  Patients often had to endure post-procedure redness and wound healing for months.  Other lasers can ablate the skin but are not much more effective than a chemical peel.

Using cutting-edge technology, Cutera® created and perfected the first FDA-cleared laser using the 2790 wavelength for the treatment of wrinkles, known as the “PEARL”.  The PEARL is the true balance of aggressive, effective ablation along with safety.  The epidermis is treated with pulses of light eliminating the damaged skin, while simultaneously leaving a natural protective dressing.  Collagen is stimulated in the deeper layers of the skin for long lasting results.  This laser allows experienced technicians to safely control the depth of the laser according to patient concerns.  Wrinkles, fine lines, uneven texture, skin laxity, sun spots, large pores, and even scarring can all be addressed.

Patients should expect about three to four days of ‘social’ downtime where they will experience a mild sunburned appearance without the pain.  Discomfort due to a heat sensation can occur during the short procedure, but dissipates within 20-30min afterwards.  It usually takes two treatments to get a dramatic effect, but great results can be seen with just one treatment.

Benefits of laser skin resurfacing:

    • Take years off your face in less than one week with lasting results
    • Eliminate or diminish sunspots, wrinkles, large pores
    • Acne and surgical scarring can also be improved
    •  Short procedure with minimal “downtime”
    • Minimal discomfort and easy post-procedure care