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Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Right for You?

Are you looking for a non-surgical way to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage or acne scarring on your face and neck? You have several options at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, including traditional laser skin resurfacing and Fraxel laser resurfacing. Here, Bay Area plastic surgeons Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso explain whether laser skin resurfacing might be right for you. Continue reading

What Are My Nonsurgical Treatment Options?

How Can I Rejuvenate My Face Without Surgery?Over time, the body produces less and less collagen and elastin, two proteins that are vital for healthy, elastic skin. Without a sufficient amount of these proteins, the skin loses its elasticity and starts to sag. In addition, outside factors, including major weight loss, constant sun exposure, hereditary traits and certain lifestyle habits such as smoking, can contribute to sagging facial skin as well as other visible signs of aging and environmental damage on the face.

Thankfully, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso offer a wide range of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatment options to help combat noticeable signs of aging and sun damage on the face. The following are a few of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments requested at Pearl Plastic Surgery.

BOTOX Cosmetic

BOTOX Cosmetic treatment continues to be one of our most requested nonsurgical treatments. When injected, BOTOX Cosmetic temporarily stops muscle activity in the treatment area, thereby relaxing and smoothing out the overlying wrinkles. BOTOX is great for use in smoothing out forehead furrows, frown lines in between the eyebrows and crow’s feet, among other uses. Results last about four months before an additional treatment is needed to maintain the rejuvenating results.

Dermal Fillers

There are several types of dermal fillers available at Pearl Plastic Surgery, including Juvéderm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Sculptra. They are used to fill in — and thus smooth out — wrinkles and lines on the face, including smile lines and frown lines. Dermal fillers can also be used to restore volume in areas of the face that lack fullness, such as the cheeks. Some of them can even be used to enhance certain facial features, including the lips.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

With Fraxel laser skin resurfacing treatment, patients can achieve improved skin texture, more even pigmentation, an improvement in the look of wrinkles and fine lines and a subtle skin tightening effect on the face, neck, chest and hands. This treatment option is especially beneficial for individuals who would like to improve the look of dark age or sun spots, freckling or areas of redness.

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment is performed to slough away the upper layer of dead, dull skin cells to reveal the fresher, healthier skin underneath. Its effects are similar to those of microdermabrasion treatment, but SilkPeel Dermalinfusion does not require the use of harsh abrasive particles like microdermabrasion does. In addition, SilkPeel Dermalinfusion treatment infuses the skin with a nourishing solution that leaves patients with refreshed, healthier-looking skin. This treatment is an effective way to improve the look of hyperpigmentation, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture and acne scarring.

Find Out More

Our nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are a great way to rejuvenate the face and help stave off the need for cosmetic facial surgery. They can also be used to optimize the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso to find out more about your nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatment options, please contact Pearl Plastic Surgery by calling (650) 964-6600.

SilkPeel with Dermalinfusion

Beautiful clean cosmetics woman  close up portraitAre you self-conscious about skin imperfections or flaws, or find your complexion lackluster? If so, you may be a great candidate for one of the most exciting developments in skin rejuvenation technology: the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion system, available at the Mountain View plastic surgery practice of Dr. Samuel Pearl. SilkPeel is becoming more and more popular, thanks to its non-invasive approach and incredible results.

Learn more about SilkPeel and what it can achieve. Contact Peggy or Jez to schedule an appointment with Carol, Dr. Pearl’s fabulous and experienced aesthetician, and discuss the treatment in detail.

What Is the SilkPeel?

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a non-surgical treatment to improve common flaws in the skin. During SilkPeel treatment, the outer layers of damaged skin are removed to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath. This is accomplished through gentle exfoliation and the delivery of skin-specific topical serums. Safe and painless, the SilkPeel produces optimal results quickly, without the discomfort and risks associated with more invasive treatment options.

What Can SilkPeel Dermalinfusion Help?

The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion system can treat a variety of skin imperfections, including the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Red, blotchy skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Areas of sun damage
  • Acne blemishes and scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven texture

In order to achieve the best results, SilkPeel treatment should only be performed by knowledgeable skincare professionals. Dr. Pearl and our team have many years of experience evaluating the skin problems of a diverse group of patients, and recommending customized solutions. SilkPeel treatment has been a wonderful addition to our skincare repertoire.

What to Expect During Treatment

SilkPeels are performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Pearl’s practice. Prior to treatment, the facial skin will be thoroughly cleansed and prepped.

First, a topical treatment serum is applied to the skin. The specific formula is chosen based on your unique skin concerns. Then, the SilkPeel handpiece is moved across the face. The handpiece will exfoliate the outer layers of the skin, gently suction away dead skin cells and infuse the skin with the treatment serum. The serum penetrates the outer dermis to nourish the deeper layers of the skin with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, the SilkPeel system does not use a crystal or abrasive chemicals, so treatment is comfortable. In fact, most patients have described treatment as a relaxing experience.

SilkPeel treatment does not require any downtime. Following your appointment, you can return to your everyday routine. Be careful to avoid exposing your face to the sun, as it may be slightly sensitive. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your face from the sun’s rays.

After treatment, you will notice your skin feels smoother and looks much more vibrant and lustrous. To maintain your results, our team recommends repeat treatments. We would be happy to put together a customized maintenance schedule for your convenience.

Learn More about SilkPeel Treatment

If you’d like more information about SilkPeel treatment, please contact the team at Dr. Pearl’s office by calling (650) 964-6600 or by sending an email to


Protecting Your Skin With TNS by SkinMedica

iStock_000002287804SmallDr. Pearl and our skin care team are pleased to offer a range of luxurious skin care products, including the SkinMedica TNS line. These products are specially formulated to repair skin damage, promote healthy cellular function and protect the skin from harmful elements.

TNS products rely on growth factor technology to erase visible signs of aging around the face. Growth factors are special proteins that trigger the production of new cells, collagen and elastin — all of which are vital to improving the appearance of the skin. They also contain traditional anti-aging ingredients, proteins and collagen. The combination of these ingredients changes the quality of the skin from the inside out, making it stronger and less susceptible to outside elements such as the sun.

What Does SkinMedica Treat?

SkinMedica products can be used to improve the appearance of the following:

  • Fine lines
  • Deep creases and lines
  • Dark spots and patches
  • Loss of skin firmness
  • Uneven skin tone

Product Examples

SkinMedica’s TNS product line includes the following options:

  • Essential Serum to smooth wrinkles, brighten spots and patches, and firm and tone the skin
  • Recovery Complex cream to give the skin a firmer, more elastic quality and address discoloration and uneven/rough skin texture
  • Eye Repair cream to nourish, smooth, firm and plump the eye area; to reduce crow’s feet; to tone sagging eyelids; and to brighten dark circles

Your Partner in Skin Care

SkinMedica products are not sold in retail locations like Sephora or Ulta; they are only available through an approved physician’s office. Dr. Pearl and our aesthetician, Carol McDonald, have a unique understanding of the body’s healing and restructuring processes and use their expertise to recommend suitable SkinMedica products for your needs.

We will analyze your current skin care routine and skin condition, and ask you about your skin care goals (e.g., fewer wrinkles, more even skin tone). Based on this information and information about certain lifestyle factors, we will put together a customized product regimen to help you achieve and maintain your best skin yet.

Explore Your Skin Care Options

If you’d like more information about TNS by SkinMedica, or you would like to schedule a skin care analysis with our aesthetician and skin care specialist, Carol McDonald, please contact our office at (650) 964-6600.