How long does the Perlane treatment last?
Typically, the treatment will last six months, although individual results will vary. Acne scars on the cheeks or temples tend to last longer than treatment of the lips, where four to six months of correction is expected.
Does the treatment hurt?
The treatment consists of multiple tiny pinpricks and pressure that can be mildly to moderately uncomfortable. For those who are afraid of needles, a topical numbing cream (Elamax-4 or LMX-4) may be used to minimize any discomfort. The numbing cream must be applied 1 to 2 hours before treatment and is available without a prescription. You may purchase this product at a local pharmacy or at our office. A thick, heavy amount of cream must be visible for the entire time it is applied in order for the cream to work. Do not rub it in or allow it to dry completely. Reapply the cream as necessary. Alternatively, we can apply a strong topical numbing cream in our office prior to your treatment.
Do I need to be tested for allergy?
No. This product contains no protein or anesthetic. To date, no allergic reactions have been reported and no testing is required.
How many treatments are needed?
For many patients, results after one treatment session will be adequate. Occasionally, a touch-up procedure may be needed in one- to two-weeks following treatment to achieve optimal results.
Are there any other restrictions?
There are a few restrictions prior to treatment to reduce the risk of bleeding. It is recommended that one does not take aspirin or aspirin containing products for at least 7 days before treatment. Additionally, one should not take Vitamin E, St. John's Wort, or any anti-inflammatory medications (i.e. ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve) for at least 3 days prior to treatment. One should not consume alcohol for 3 days prior to treatment.