Cutera Pearl Peel with LimeLight Treatment

Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Beauty | 11 comments

Cutera Pearl Peel with LimeLight Treatment

I have been a beauty therapist for 8 years now and I am constantly asked my thoughts on more intense treatments like peels, laser, microdermabrasion and fillers etc. So as any good beauty therapist does, I went and had some treatments done for research for my clients, not for my personal gain of course ha ha.

Almost 2 years ago I had a Cutera Pearl Peel with LimeLight laser at COZmedics in Ascot, Brisbane.

Costing for Pearl is from $650 per treatment and is done by Dr Alison Jamieson. Limelight full face is $250 per treatment. This treatment is done by their Registered Nurses or Paramedical staff.

I had a numbing cream applied for approximately 15 mins then the LimeLight Laser was performed. This was the most uncomfortable and annoying, it felt like being flicked with an elastic band. It only takes about 10 mins for the entire face, so completely bearable.

I had the Pearl Peel next, the difference between a Pearl Peel and Pearl Fractional is the depth of the treatment and how many layers are treated. Due to my age and skin texture the Dr decided a Pearl peel was enough for me.

With the Pearl I only felt a warm sensation, no pain at all but I have to say it is very loud and sounds like a machine gun. Ok, maybe not as loud as a machine gun but the same consistency of noise as the button is pressed. The entire procedure is over in about 30-45 mins.

Straight after the treatment my skin just felt flushed, it was a really hot day when I had it done so leaving the clinic and getting into the car I did feel like my skin was burning. As soon as I got the aircon pumping in the car I was fine. I didn’t take any photo’s on this day as I didn’t feel looked any different, if anything just a little puffy.

Day 2

Day 2 – This was on the morning, I was a little puffy and slightly pink but it was just feeling like sunburn at this stage.

Day 3

Day 3 – This was taken in the morning, a little redder today but still only sunburn feeling.

Day 3b

Day 3 – Afternoon, starting to scare small children. I felt really sunburnt today and a little tender.

Day 4b

Day 4 – You can see the Honeycomb effect of the Pearl and where my pigmentation has turned really dark from the LimeLight.

Day 4

Day 4 – Hello Samantha (Sex in the City) Still really sunburnt feeling and getting quite tight.

Day 5

Day 5 – Felt so tight by the end of the day couldn’t wait for the peeling to begin.

Day 6

Day 6 – The peeling has begun, I can smile again without feeling like my face is going to crack.

Day 6b

Day 6 – Still pink but not sore at all, I can see the light!!!

Day 7

Day 7 – Almost there, still some patches to peel off.

Day 8

Day 8 – No foundation just a little mascara, loving the results!!!

Day 8b

Day 8 – Loving the texture, the even skin tone and my fine lines have gone!!!

I would recommend this treatment to anyone wanting to improve texture, pigmentation and tone. Down time for me was 6 days but this will be different for everyone.

Please ensure you do your research on the person and clinic performing this treatment. I would only have it done by a registered doctor. There are so many dodgy clinics around and although they may advertise it at a lower price, do not take the risk as the damage can be permanent!!!!!

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

KB xx


Below is information about both treatments and the possible risks. provided by COZmedics Ascot.

What does it do?
The LimeLight Facial is very effective for improving uneven skin tone. It can treat individual pigment changes like brown age spots; it can also treat widespread blotchiness, freckles, skin redness and individual fine veins.


How does it work?
The LimeLight Facial uses wavelengths of light that are absorbed by pigment and blood (in small blood vessels) in the top layer of your skin to reduce discoloration and promote a more even skin tone.


How is your treatment different from other options?
The LimeLight Facial treats specific areas without abrading the skin’s surface. There is no need to interrupt your normal routine.


How many treatments will I need?
It depends on what you are having treated. Typically three to five treatments can provide significant clearance. When you come in for your consultation, we will give you information tailored to your particular needs and desires.


How long does each treatment take?
It varies according to the size of area you are having treated, but one treatment typically ranges from 5 to 30 minutes.


What does it feel like?
You will feel a series of brief pinches, similar to a rubber band snapping, but no local anesthesia or pain medication is necessary. Bright red light flashes may also be seen if areas close to the eyes are treated.


What can I expect afterwards?
If you have specific spots treated, they will darken immediately and begin to flake off naturally within one to three weeks to reveal clearer skin. If you have general redness or fine veins treated, the blush will gradually lighten over three to five treatments.


Is it permanent?
Over time new spots may appear, as a result of new sun exposure and the ongoing aging process. These too can be removed.


Is it safe?
Yes, the LimeLight Facial is safe. As with all medical procedures there is a slight degree of risk, and we will discuss this with you thoroughly when you come in for your consultation.


How much does it cost?
This depends on the size of the area and the nature of what you’re having treated. If you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation, we can give you a specific idea as to the number of treatments you will need and the price.


Can anyone have it done?
Anyone with a light or medium color skin may be a candidate for the LimeLight Facial, but those with darker skin tones may not. We will assess your particular skin type and let you know if you’re a candidate at the time of your consultation. Generally, people who suffer from epilepsy or who have an intolerance to flashing lights should not have Limelight.



Multiple treatments may be required to achieve the desired results
Strict avoidance of sun exposure/tanning and fake tan for the duration of the course of treatment- increased colour in the skin increases risks of burning and blistering
DISCOMFORT – Some discomfort may be experienced during treatment.
REDNESS/SWELLING/BRUISING –Short term redness (erythema) is common and swelling (edema) of the treated area may occur. Additionally, there may be some bruising.
SKIN BLOTCHINESS ‘The Milo Effect”- pigmented spots treated with Limelight are likely to become darker . These generally take 3-7 days to shed
DRYNESS/FLAKING- it is not unusual for the skin to become dry and flaky as the treated pigment spots begin to shed. This can occur approximately 3-7 days after treatment is performed.
PIGMENT CHANGES (Skin Color) – During the healing process, there is a possibility that the treated area can become either lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) in color compared to the surrounding skin.  This is usually temporary, but, on a rare occasion, it may be permanent.
WOUNDS – Treatment can result in burning, blistering or bleeding of the treated areas. If any of these occur, please call our office.
INFECTION – Infection is a rare possibility whenever the skin surface is disrupted, though proper wound care should prevent this. If signs of infection develop, such as pain, heat or surrounding redness, you need to notify the clinic as soon as possible
SCARRING – Scarring is a rare occurrence, but it is a possibility if the skin’s surface is disrupted.  To minimize the chances of scarring, it is IMPORTANT that you follow all post-treatment instructions carefully.
EYE EXPOSURE – Protective eyewear (shields) will be provided.  It is important to keep these shields on at all times during the treatment in order to protect your eyes from injury. Transient blurring of vision has been reported after wearing protective eyewear during a limelight treatment.



What is the Pearl Procedure?

The Pearl procedure combines the impact of resurfacing lasers with the gentleness and safety of non-invasive procedures to treat aging and sun-damaged skin. Pearl reduces wrinkles, uneven texture and solar damage with fewer treatments and less overall recovery than other technologies to provide a healthy, pearl-like glow.


How does the Pearl treatment work? 

During the procedure, the top layer of skin is treated with pulses of light in a pre-selected pattern. The laser

simultaneously sends heat to the deeper layers of skin to provide longer-term benefits. A natural protective dressing forms on the skin to minimize downtime during the restorative process. On day 3 or 4, this natural dressing will start to peel or slough off, revealing new, healthy, vibrant skin underneath.

In a short time, patients will notice overall skin clarity, smoothness and softness -all from a 30-45 minute treatment with only 5-7 days of ‘social’ downtime.


What is “social” downtime? 

Downtime is the time spent recovering from a procedure. With “social” downtime, you can continue your normal daily activities. However, you may not wish to attend important social events because your face will appear pink/red for 3 – 4 days.


How does a Pearl treatment feel? 

The Pearl treatment feels like a series of brief pinches. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 representing pain, most patients report the treatment feeling like a 2 or 3. Immediately after the procedure is finished, the treated area feels like it has been sunburnt.


When will I see results? How soon can I wear make-up after a Pearl treatment? 

Results can be noticeable by day 5 -7  when the superficial tissue has peeled off, revealing fresh, bright, healthy skin underneath. Make-up may be applied at this time. It is not uncommon to experience some redness after your skin has peeled, this generally resolves in about 2-4 weeks. Pearl laser performed in  areas of the body other than the face may take longer to heal, for example, chest , neck, arms and hands may take up to 14 days to complete the recovery process.


Are there any restrictions on my activity after a Pearl treatment? 

After treatment, the skin will look and feel sunburned. You will apply ointment on the skin for 5-7 days as according to your aftercare instructions. Since you cannot wear sunscreen during this time, you will need to wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure for the duration of your healing period.

How many treatments are recommended? 

Some patients may require two treatments spaced approximately one month apart to achieve the desired results. Other patients may need only one treatment.


Can Pearl be part of a combination therapy treatment? 

Yes, patients may choose to have a Pearl treatment combined with other Cutera procedures such as Laser Genesis,Titan, limelight and even the NdYag CoolGlide, as well as fillers or Botox®. Discuss combination therapies with your practitioner.


How does Pearl compare to other laser treatments? 

Pearl offers the most effective treatment to address fine lines, uneven texture and discoloration without wound care and the lengthy downtime required with certain Erbium and CO2 laser procedures. Compared to today’s fractionated technologies, Pearl offers noticeable results in just one treatment versus 4– 6 fractionated treatments.


Who is a candidate for a Pearl treatment? 

Patients with light to medium skin tones and mild to moderate sun damage are the ideal candidates. Pearl is also used to treat acne scarring, large pores and dull/uneven skin tone. It is usually described by patients as a good “freshen up”.



DISCOMFORT – Some discomfort may be experienced during treatment. A topical anesthetic will be applied to your skin before treatment. Your skin may feel like it has been sunburnt for a few hours after the treatment.

REDNESS/SWELLING – Redness (erythema) and/or swelling (edema) of the treated area is common and may occur. This usually resolves in a few days but can last up to one week.

SKIN DARKENING and PEELING – once skin has been lasered, it will progressively appear darker and begin to peel. This process generally can take anything from 5 days up to 10 days depending on the depth/intensity of the treatment. It is important that you follow your aftercare instructions to minimize the discomfort associated with lasered skin such as dryness, cracking and irritation/dermatitis. Proper aftercare will also ensure recovery times are kept to a minimum. Individual recovery times vary depending on health of skin and your lifestyle.

PIGMENT CHANGES (Skin Color) – During the healing process, there is a possibility that the treated area can become either lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) in color compared to the surrounding skin.  This is usually temporary, but, on a rare occasion, it may be permanent. You should avoid sun exposure for at least 3 months after the treatment and use sunblock where appropriate

WOUNDS – Treatment can result in burning, blistering, or bleeding of the treated areas. It is important that you not pick or scratch the sites as this may lead to permanent scars or promote an infection. If any of these occur, please call our office.

INFECTION – Infection is a possibility whenever the skin surface is disrupted, though proper wound care and keeping the treated area clean should prevent this. Herpes simplex (cold sores) is seen in a small percentage of patients, even if prophylaxis (anti-viral medication) is used. This may lead to scarring. If signs of infection develop, such as pain, heat or an increase in redness, please call our clinic. Congestion/acne has been reported when using vasoline as an emollient in pearl aftercare

SCARRING – Scarring is a rare occurrence, but it is a possibility if the skin surface is disrupted.  To minimize the risk of scarring, it is IMPORTANT that you follow all post-treatment instructions carefully.

EYE EXPOSURE – Protective eyewear (shields) will be provided.  It is important to keep these shields on at all times during the treatment in order to protect your eyes from injury.

ALLERGY – There is a risk of an allergic reaction to the numbing cream and/or any other product that comes in contact with your skin.

IRRITATION – It is important that you follow the aftercare instructions given to you to minimize risk of irritation and discomfort. Lasered skin has increased sensitivity to environmental factors. Avoid smoking during recovery as this will impede healing and increase risk of infection. Avoid exposure to any potential irritants and pathogens eg. fertilizer,  chemicals , dyes, cleaning products, dusty areas, gardening , swimming in chlorinated pools/spas, saunas














  1. Those eyebrows are so amazing I can barely notice the peeling! 😉

    • Oh no those bad boys needed doing and filling in… Brow post up soonxx

  2. Kyles, I simply adore how you do your makeup – are you able to do a blog on what products you use and how you apply it, including tips for those who are useless (like me) at putting on make-up. Many thanks in advance. Cheers, Cherie x

    • Hi Cherie,

      Thank you. I’m going to do a few posts on what products I like and a few makeup ideas. Just trying to work out the best way to post it xx

  3. ….so when my dermo told me that I would need a week off post-peel she really wasn’t kidding was she! good chat. happy day.

  4. Thanks for this post Kylie. I have been thinking about having this done for awhile now but have had reservations I’ll end up on Today tonight with the dreaded Zebra scaring. I think I’ll make a consultation now having seeing your results. 🙂

    • The Zebra scaring can happen, that’s why you need to have it done by Dr’s and trained professionals. It may cost more but I would rather paying a little more than ending up with permanent scaring!!! x

  5. Thank god so glad to see those pics. That’s what I look like to a t. Was ready to call the dr thought something was wrong lol guess I just need time to heal….. what level peel was this?

  6. Hello, can you recommend anywhere in Melbourne for this procedure? Thank you 🙂

  7. Very informative post thank you. Was it the Cutera Pearl Laser treatment you had done? How are the results over a year later? I just had my Pearl Laser treatment yesterday. What was the biggest change you noticed in your skin after the treatment?

  8. Hi Kylie,
    Sorry this post is from so long ago- but I googled limelight facial and results and your blog came up!
    I’ve had my first treatment with COZmedics; an acne light laser Genesis treatment (with the cinnamon stimulator).
    I am looking to have this same procedure in the upcoming weeks, I just wanted to ask you if you’ve been using the aliangé skincare range; or was advised to use it prior to your treatment?
    Also did you repeat the treatment?
    Your help would be much appreciated

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