The Pearl Laser

December 1, 2007

Another Anti-aging Treatment Gains in Popularity

Thought pearls were just for necklaces and knitting? Think again. The Pearl laser is a new anti-aging treatment making promises of turning back the clock. To separate fact from friction, we spoke to Amy Forman Taub, MD, medical director and founder of Advanced Dermatology, SKINQRI and Skinfo.

What is the Pearl laser?

Pearl is a laser treatment the refreshes the overall texture of the skin with less treatments and overall downtime than other technologies available today. It’s finely tuned to remove aged, sun damaged skin and replace it with newer, brighter and less wrinkled skin.

Who is a good candidate for the treatment?

Anyone who has mild to moderate sun damage (brown spots, mild wrinkles, mild textural irregularities) is a good candidate for pearl treatment. We have treated people as young as 30 and as old as 75. This laser has not been tested yet on darker skin types, so Hispanics, African-Americans and other people of color are as of yet not good candidates for the procedure. The concern is that there may be a change in pigmentation of the skin, so until more studies are done, it would be wise to avoid. However, Pearl is safe on Asian patients at low settings.

Are there any health risks to the treatment?

There are minimal risks, all of which at this time are theoretical since they haven’t occurred. But anytime you remove the top layer of skin it’s possible to get an infection or a change in coloration such as too much or too little pigment.

Can you really reduce the signs of aging, or is it all just temporary?

It’s a bit of both. You do remove the expression of aging signs such as fine lines and brown patches, which have built up over many years, so it’s like going back in time when your skin had less sun damage. However, even if you maintain excellent health of your skin (sun protections, antioxidants, sun avoidance), some of the old effects from the sun will continue to show up, and you will continue to age. With proper care and maintenance of your skin, you should be able to go forward with a benefit that lasts. 

How long does the treatment take and how much does it cost?

The treatment takes approximately on-half hour, preceded by a one hour application of a cream anesthetic. The procedure varies in cost but is approximately $1,500. Sometimes two treatments preformed one month apart are recommended for optimal results if the sun damage is more pronounced.

—TCW Today’s Chicago Woman