It has been 2 months since my laser treatment on my chest, neck and peri-oral area. Is it worth it??
I am not going to give a definitive answer yet, however, these are my observations.
1. My chest area is still slightly bumpy, slightly pink and in the light you can still see the vertical lines from sleeping all these years on my side. It does look a little better and smoother.
2. Hardly any pink around my mouth area. I really so not see much difference here in the vertical lines. The technician was agressive in this area using both YAg and Ablative. I will discuss setting and depth in another blog post. I developed a very small hypotropic scar above my lip line, which I hope resolves. I am not sure why this happened- however, I apparently healed too quickly in this area. I also noticed that my lips looked flatter, consequently I felt like a needed to plump them.
3. My initial reaction is that Co2 Lasers are more effective in building collagen and go deeper. This seems to be the gold standard. Cutera (http://www.cutera.com) is the manufacturer of the Pearl Fusion and it is not a Co2 Laser. There is much controversy in the laser resurfacing arena.
So far I am not impressed with Cutera’s Pearl Fusion. If anyone has had any laser resurfacing experience, I welcome your comments.
I have experienced both Co2 laser and very recently pearl fusion. Co2 was to my chin area in 2002 and it was a long enduring healing process (I had suffered acne in this area from age 9 to about 16 and had scarring). The result was absolutely amazing, after two months healing and high coverage makeup. The results lasted six years and I always knew I would have it again when I started to age and so did this after much thought. I was advised that Co2 was pretty much less respected these days as it is so evasive and that it had been over taken in treatment by Pearl Fusion. The reviews via youtube and many other reports sounded so good – I was led to believe as good as the Co2 but a lot more sophisticated, however, I don’t believe this is the case at all. A month after my Pearl Fusion and I look hardly any different – I am not a smoker, the consultant said I had youthful skin (I am 43) and so one would think that with such slight aging to get rid of that I would be one to have the very best results – I wonder about those with real aging problems if they have been happy with their result – as if It hasn’t worked on my skin, I don’t believe it could really work on many. Some £3000 lighter, in all honesty, although the healing is done pretty much in a week, I don’t believe it is worth the money and I will seek the advice of Co2 again elsewhere. What a shame!