Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing
If you want to improve the appearance of fine lines and moderate wrinkles, erbium laser skin resurfacing may be a treatment option for you.
How does erbium laser skin resurfacing work?
During an erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment, the outer layer of skin is ablated. After the treatment, as your skin heals, younger, healthier skin is revealed. Furthermore, erbium laser treatments stimulate the production of collagen in your skin, which means that over time the appearance of your skin will also improve.
Is erbium laser skin resurfacing painful?
Most patients who receive erbium laser skin resurfacing will have a local anesthetic applied to the treatment area before the procedure begins. Your doctor may also give you a light sedative. With a light sedative, you will be awake during the procedure, but a little groggy. This means you may need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment.
What is the recovery time after an erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment?
Your doctor may apply bandages to the area treated after your erbium laser treatment. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about how to take care of the treated area. It is very important that you follow your doctor’s instructions to the “T” so as to avoid scarring of the treated area.
Most patients resume normal activity in 7 to 10 days after an erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment.
How is an erbium laser treatment different than a CO2 laser treatment?
An erbium laser treatment is not as invasive as a CO2 laser treatment and for that reason erbium lasers cannot treat deeply damaged skin as well. However, erbium laser skin rejuvenation offers a much faster recovery time. Furthermore, erbium laser treatments may be a better option for those with darker skin tones. Candidates whose skin is not deeply damaged and / or those who want a faster recovery time should ask their dermatologist about Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing.
There are a variety of different lasers and skin resurfacing choices available to you at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery and during your consultation with your dermatologist, you will discuss which one is right for you.