Erbium Skin Resurfacing
WHAT IS IT?
The Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing is the treatment of choice for those who are looking to successfully decrease pore size, improve skin texture and clarity, as well as remove superficial lines to moderately deep wrinkles with less pain, fewer side-effects, and a more rapid recovery than other laser treatments. Erbium laser provides a milder and less invasive treatment option than a carbon dioxide laser, which allows for faster healing.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Erbium laser skin resurfacing precisely removes the outermost layer of the skin allowing the underlying smoother and younger appearing skin to be exposed. The procedure also activates collagen to promote further tightening of the skin. This procedure can address multiple patient concerns including scars, texture, wrinkles, skin tone and pigmentation conditions.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ERBIUM LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
Anyone who is seeking to correct fine lines and wrinkles in the face, neck, back, chest, or hands is a candidate for erbium laser. Those seeking this procedure should desire to look younger and more refreshed, yet should be realistic in their expectations. While erbium laser skin resurfacing provides incredible change, it often takes more than one treatment to reach the desired results.
BENEFITS OF ERBIUM LASER TREATMENT
Erbium laser skin resurfacing has been found safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the effective treatment of fine lines and moderate wrinkles. Those patients who have already undergone laser skin resurfacing to enhance their look and improve their self-confidence now find themselves with greatly improved, smoother, and younger-looking skin. Erbium laser skin resurfacing has also been shown to stimulate the production of collagen, which further smooths and tightens the skin.
IS ERBIUM LASER SKIN RESURFACING SAFE?
Even as erbium laser skin resurfacing provides a highly effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles with a shorter recovery period and fewer side effects, those receiving treatment should still expect their skin to appear pink or red after the procedure. Some mild swelling may also occur but improves within 1-2 days.
HOW IS ERBIUM LASER SKIN RESURFACING DIFFERENT FROM MICRONEEDLING?
Erbium Laser Resurfacing can accomplish in one treatment that Microneedling can accomplish in three. A typical microdermabrasion treatment only removes the outer layers of the skin. Patients may become frustrated or dissatisfied when they hit a plateau or when it is necessary to undergo several microneedling treatments due to the severity of their skin conditions. Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing is a minimal to full epidermal peel (15-50 microns). Because this procedure ablates deeper into the epidermis, it is the perfect step between microneedling and deep laser resurfacing peels.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO DO ERBIUM LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
We will help you determine how many laser treatments you will need depending on the condition of your skin. One procedure could be sufficient for 6-12 months, but additional procedures may be performed as required.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
You can expect healthier, smoother, clearer more vibrant skin. You will notice a significant and immediate change in skin texture and tightness when compared to microneedling alone.
IS THERE ANY ANESTHESIA USED?
At Banerji Plastic Surgery we offer topical lidocaine to minimize any discomfort. Most patients are very comfortable and awake throughout the procedure.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR ANY TYPE OF DRESSING OR BANDAGE AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
No. We recommend keeping the treated area covered with Aquaphor or Vaniply for the first 48 hours. The day after we also advise doing vinegar soaks (2 cups of water to 1 cap full of vinegar) 2-3 times per day. It is important to drink plenty of water and avoid direct sun exposure throughout the healing process. Regular moisturizer and SPF 30 or higher can be used once the skin is no longer sensitive to temperature (usually 48-72 hours after treatment).
HOW LONG IS THE HEALING PROCESS?
The healing process varies from patient to patient depending on the depth of your specific peel, but will generally take four to seven days. The procedure can be done on a Thursday or Friday and you can return to work the following Monday. Immediately following the procedure you will feel as if you have a bad sunburn. You will have minor sloughing and itchiness the first one to three days. By day two through four, redness will begin to fade and by day three-five any residual redness can be easily covered by make-up. You can resume a regimen of hydroquinone, Vitamin C and Retinol once the skin has normalized which is usually 7 days after the treatment.