The skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It protects us from infection and shields us from harmful substances.
However, as we age, the effects of the sun, wind, time and hormones begin to show.
At first fine lines appear around our eyes and lips. Then, as the collagen beneath our skin wears out, deeper wrinkles begin to appear. Surface irregularities such as pigment discolorations and acne scarring may also occur.
In the past, the treatments of choice for these conditions were dermabrasion or chemical peels. In dermabrasion, layers of skin are actually sanded away and in chemical peels, layers of skin are burned away with an acid solution.
The Erbium Laser
Erbium laser skin resurfacing is performed by our doctor for patients in our region. The Erbium laser provides a safer, more accurate and less painful method of restoring a softer, smoother, more youthful-appearing skin. In most cases, patients can have their procedure performed in the doctor’s office and be home that same day.
Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a procedure specifically designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face. The Erbium laser produces less heating or burning of surrounding tissues than other lasers used for resurfacing. This allows your doctor to gently and comfortably vaporize the damaged skin cells layer by layer. Most cases require only a local or topical anesthetic. Recent studies have shown that the Erbium laser stimulates the production of collagen, creating a tightening and smoothing of the skin.
What are the benefits of Erbium laser skin resurfacing?
Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a safe, reliable, outpatient procedure.
- Skin resurfacing with the Erbium laser can be performed with local or topical anesthesia in many cases.
- Resurfacing with the Erbium laser produces fewer unwanted side-effects and complications.
- Erbium lasers can sometimes be used on the neck, chest and hands.
- With the Erbium laser it is often possible to treat darker pigmented skin tones.
- Treatment with the Erbium laser produces minimal heating and burning of surrounding tissue.
- Healing is more rapid because the Erbium laser causes minimal redness, swelling, and bruising.
Is Erbium skin resurfacing for you?
Our physician will review your medical history, age, skin type and pigmentation, consider your desired results, and determine the best course of treatment for you. Results will vary from patient to patient depending on age, skin type, and condition.
What else can lasers treat?
Lasers are one of the most significant advances in medicine today. A variety of lasers may be used to treat a wide variety of other skin conditions including the removal of warts, tattoos, Port Wine stains, stretch marks, age spots, freckles, benign moles, scars, and spider veins on the face and legs.
What about recovery from Erbium laser treatments?
After our doctor performs skin resurfacing with the cool light of the Erbium laser, the results are less post-operative redness, less swelling and a more rapid healing than with other skin resurfacing methods. In most cases, patients are fully recovered and back to normal activities within 7 – 10 days. Following the procedure, the treated areas are kept moist with ointment and/or occlusive dressings for the first few days. Post-operatively, there is a period of healing which is generally completed within 5 – 7 days. Sunblock should be applied when in the sun. Make-up can be worn after the first week. Over the next few weeks, your fresh, new, pink skin will fade to a normal tone revealing a softer, smoother, younger look. Our patients love their results. Some say they actually feel younger.