What does Cutera Laser do?
Superficial light brown pigment irregularities of the skin may be removed utilizing laser resurfacing. These are typically seen with aging skin damaged by the sun. Common areas exhibiting this are the face and back of the hands. Both areas may improve with laser resurfacing treatments.
A second major area addressed is fine lines in the skin which develop with age. Superficial wrinkles are reduced by tightening the skin. Laser treatment not only removes some of the old, damaged outer epidermis layer of skin but also causes new, thicker collagen-support tissue formation in the layer of skin below, called the dermis. Reversing the natural thinning and wrinkles of the skin gives a smoother, more youthful appearance.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Precise light energy (2790 mm) removes a thin layer of the entire skin surface with our Cutera Pearl treatment. This is in the range of only the thickness of the epidermis, 100 microns or less. The elimination of the outer damaged layer allows new, healthy skin to grow up from below giving a youthful, more even color to the skin.
The Cutera Fractional laser treats only part of the surface via hundreds of finely focused light spots. These remove hundreds of small cores going 600-800 microns deep. By leaving untouched skin between each spot, this tissue may be used in healing the surrounding fine holes. The recruitment of this tissue in conjunction with the healing around tissue removed provides tightening and resurfacing of the skin. The same wavelength (2790 mm) is used in both the Pearl and Pearl Fractional treatments. The difference is the Pearl treatment is more superficial and the Fractional treatment goes much deeper. More tightening and new collagen formation is possible with the deeper treatment.
Combining the above two approaches in one treatment is called Pearl Fusion. Superficial imperfections of the skin and deeper tightening with more major changes may be achieved. An example of the deeper imperfections would be old acne scars or wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
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What are the advantages of laser resurfacing?
The most significant advantage of the Cutera Pearl laser is the short down time allowing patients to return to work after a long weekend. The unique wavelength (2790 mm) causes much less bleeding than other lasers, such as the Erbium, and much less redness, such as the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, cause. The full Cutera Fractional involves slightly longer down time than the Cutera Pearl but treats deeper imperfections with much less pinkness than carbon dioxide lasers.
How is the laser resurfacing treatment performed?
On the day of your appointment a topical anesthetic is applied 30-60 minutes before your treatment. Special protectors are placed over your eyes. For deep fractional laser treatment, oral sedation may be given in addition to the topical local anesthesia. This creates a relaxed situation with minimal discomfort. We may treat the upper and lower eyelids right to the eyelashes with appropriate eye protectors. Depending on how many areas are covered, the laser resurfacing treatment will take 30-60 minutes. Upon completion, no gauze, tape, bandages or dressings are required. A thin layer of aquaphor is applied to the treated areas for a few days. More information on laser skin resurfacing is available at www.cutera.com.