Erbium Laser Treatment
The Erbium laser is the latest advance for the treatment of aging and sun-damaged skin. Erbium is sometimes misspelled as Ebium, Ebrium, Eebium, and Eribum. Erbium laser is a one of the latest tools employed in the treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, aged, and sun-damaged skin. Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a procedure specifically designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face. Erbium laser stimulates the production of collagen, creating a tightening and smoothing of the skin.
Erbium laser is the newest generation of skin resurfacing for cosmetic purposes. Designed to treat superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, the erbium laser is the latest advancement in laser rejuvenation with significant benefits over previous laser resurfacing options. Reduction in side effects, healing time and pain has made the erbium laser a popular choice among men and women wishing to reverse the effects of aging.
Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a procedure specifically designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face. Skin resurfacing with the cool light of the Erbium laser results in less post-operative redness, less swelling and provides a more rapid healing than with other laser skin resurfacing methods. 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.
The Erbium laser has been designed to remove or noticeably decrease wrinkles and to improve the overall color and skin texture of the face, neck and hands. Occasionally, additional Erbium Laser treatments may be recommended to further enhance your results. Although Erbium Laser treatment results will vary depending on various considerations, with few exceptions, you can expect an improvement in the texture and quality of your skin.
Skin resurfacing with the cool light of the Erbium laser results in less post-operative redness, less swelling and provides 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 after an Erbium Treatment procedure. Following the Erbium procedure, the treated areas are kept moist with an ointment and/or occlusive dressings for the first few days. Post-operatively, there is a period of healing which is generally completed within five to seven 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. Patients love the results of Erbium.
The erbium laser light works by vaporizing the outer layers of skin to cause skin contraction underneath and some evidence has indicated it may even stimulate the production of the body's own collagen. The "cool" light of the erbium laser causes less redness, swelling and better ability to heal faster compared to earlier laser methods. The availability of less disruptive cosmetic procedures has opened up options and laser resurfacing consideration to a wider range of people. Since the erbium is not as harsh as the CO2 because less heat is used, healing is able to occur within a week, with a maximum of eight weeks for some patients to see all the redness fade compared to the four to 20 weeks it can take with a CO2 laser.
The results of the Erbium Laser are less post-procedure redness, less swelling and a greater turn around in healing time than with other laser skin resurfacing methods. The Erbium laser provides a safer, more accurate and less painful method of restoring softer, smoother, more youthful-appearing skin. In most cases, patients can have the Erbium Laser procedure performed in the doctor's office and be home that same day. Erbium Laser resurfacing is one of the commonly used treatment for reducing facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as blemishes or acne scars.
The Erbium lasers ability to stimulate the production of collagen is key to creating a tightening and smoothing of the skin. The change in the collagen results in the removal of fine wrinkles and the diminished visibility of more prominent wrinkles.
In the Erbium Laser Resurfacing procedure a small area of the skins surface is heated with the cool Erbium laser which in turn vaporizes superficial damaged skin cells and resulting in the thickening of the skins collagen.
The length of the Erbium laser procedure varies from 15 minutes to slightly more than an hour depending on the individuals needs. To minimize on discomfort a local anesthetic may be employed, for some erbium laser resurfacing procedures.
The Erbium laser offers the benefits of less pain during treatment and recovery along with significantly faster healing times than other resurfacing lasers. Healing is more rapid because the Erbium laser results in decreased redness, swelling, and bruising associated with laser resurfacing. In most procedures, patients are able to fully recuperate within 7-10 days. Make-up can be worn after the first week. At this point patients may return to regular activities with consideration kept in mind of the skins ongoing healing. The use of sun block on treated areas is recommended when in the sun. Over the next several weeks, the pinkness of the exposed skin will lighten to reveal the normal tone, yet with a softer, smoother, and younger appearance.
Following laser resurfacing, a sterile dressing is applied to the treatment sites. When the dressings are removed (usually after 1 to 3 days). The patient then cleans the treated areas two to five times a day with cool tap water saline or a dilute vinegar solution. An ointment such as Vaseline, Eucerin or Aquaphor is then applied. This wound care is intended to prevent any scab formation. In general, the areas heal in 10-21 days, depending on the nature of the condition that was treated.
Once the areas have healed, makeup may be worn to camouflage the pink to red color that is generally seen after laser skin resurfacing. Green-based make-ups are particularly suitable for this camouflage since they neutralize the red color. Oil-free make-ups are recommended after laser resurfacing. The redness in the laser-treated sites generally fades in two to three months but may take as long as six months to completely disappear. The redness generally persists longer in blondes and redheads.
Patients with darker skin tones have a greater risk of healing with darker pigmentation. This may be minimized by use of a bleaching agent before laser skin resurfacing as well as continued use of this agent after healing.
All of this culminates in the Erbium laser being a more accurate and less painful method of restoring one's skin to its more youthful appearance. Many individuals researching laser resurfacing will be glad to know that Erbium lasers can be used on the neck, chest and hands regions. It is also worth noting that many doctors are discovering the benefits of the Erbium laser for acne scar treatments.
Schedule for an Erbium Laser appointment by calling or emailing us and our Erbium Laser specialist will discuss with you the treatment process. This free consultation will help you learn more about how Erbium Laser works and also the cost and the necessary preparations you will need for your Erbium Laser treatment. You would love your new smoother and younger look!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Erbium LaserWhat is Erbium Laser Treatment?
Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a procedure designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face. The Erbium laser results in a narrower area of heating of adjacent tissues than with other laser skin resurfacing methods. This results in a more focused removal of old skin cells layers. Erbium can provide patients with a more youthful appearance.
How does Erbium Laser skin resurfacing works?The Erbium Laser skin resurfacing technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin. Laser skin resurfacing removes skin very precisely, layer by layer. This popular procedure is known by several other names, including lasabrasion, laser peel or laser vaporization.
What are the benefits of Erbium laser skin resurfacing?
- Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a safe, reliable, out patient 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? Your doctor 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 small blood vessels called telangiectasias or spider veins on the face and legs.
Is the Erbium Laser Treatment painful?The level of discomfort is different for every person and also varies by the location and surface area to be treated. Many patients do not request any pain medication during treatment and relate the discomfort as comparable to a sunburn. Other patients will appreciate a topical or more extensive anesthetic. Our Erbium Laser specialist will discuss your options with you based upon your own tolerance and the specific areas to be treated. Laser resurfacing may cause the skin to become raw, red or pink with mild to moderate discomfort for several days following the procedure. Although over the counter medication is usually sufficient, the Erbium Laser Treatment may recommend alternative pain relief options to keep you comfortable.
Is the Erbium laser like other lasers I've heard about for skin resurfacing?You may have heard about C02 lasers for skin resurfacing. Although the results may be very good, patients experience a great amount of pain requiring full anesthesia for treatment and usually take a very long time to heal. The Erbium laser offers the benefits of less pain during treatment and recovery along with significantly faster healing times than other resurfacing lasers. The ConBio Erbium laser offers the additional benefit of an optimally designed laser beam for the best treatment outcome possible from an Erbium laser.
Who is a good candidate for Erbium Laser Treatment?
Good erbium candidates include patients with mild wrinkles, sun damage, irregular pigmentation and acne scarring. Although erbium provides a gentler experience with fewer side effects, patients wishing for a more dramatic difference may choose to have a different laser resurfacing. Most patients that undergo the erbium will have either topical, injected or a combination of both
What can the Erbium laser do for me?
The Erbium laser has been designed to remove or noticeably decrease superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles, and to improve the overall color and skin texture of the face, neck, chest and hands. One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes minimal side effects, such as swelling, bruising and redness, so your recovery time should be more rapid than with CO 2 laser resurfacing - one week in most cases. Occasionally, additional treatments may be recommended to further enhance your results. Although treatment results will vary depending on various considerations, with few exceptions, you can expect an improvement in the texture and quality of your skin.
What is the difference of CO2 laser to the Erbium laser ?
When compared to the CO2 laser, the erbium laser is gentler because the doctor can treat layers of skin far thinner than with the CO2 laser. Since the CO2 laser is intended for more advanced wrinkles and sun damage, patients that desire a milder resurfacing can benefit from the erbium laser. This allows for younger patients recognizing the early stages of aging to benefit from the erbium laser. Although the results of the Co2 laser may be very good, patients experience a great amount of pain requiring full anesthesia for treatment and usually take a long time to heal. The Erbium laser offers the benefits of less pain during treatment and recovery along with significantly faster healing times than other resurfacing lasers.
What can an Erbium laser treat?
An Erbium laser can be used to treat:
- Fine Wrinkles
- Color Irregularities
- Sun Damage
- Acne Scarring
- Sun and Age Spots
How will I know if Erbium Laser treatment is right for me?
Our Erbium Laser specialists 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.
Are there any risks with Erbium Laser Treatment?The Erbium laser resurfacing procedure produces a smaller number of undesired effects and complications than other laser resurfacing procedures. With this in mind some adverse effects are to be anticipated and should be misconstrued as complications. Some minor adverse effects of laser resurfacing may consist of transient erythema, edema, and pruritus. Prior laser resurfacing treatment may also prolong the healing process.
How long will the healing process take?Of course, everyone will heal at various rates depending on the depth of the treatment, the particular areas treated and your own healing rate. Noticeable results are typically seen in a few days, with complete healing in only a few weeks. Light resurfacing around the eyes and lips in general takes only a few days. Most patients can be treated before the weekend and by almost completely healed by the following Monday. A deep full facial resurfacing may take up to 2-3 weeks before you feel aesthetically comfortable to return to your normal activities. Areas further away from your face, such as the hands, may take up to a month for full treatment benefits to become apparent.
How do I take care of my skin immediately after treatment?Following the erbium, the patient will be given an ointment for the first few days. To allow the erbium results to last longer and to prevent future skin damage, all patients should regularly apply sun block. Due to the lesser degree of heat used with erbium when compared to other lasers, the risks for hyper and hypo-pigmentation are significantly reduced. Erbium is associated with less pain, downtime and risk of side effects and lower cost as well.
Does my skin need special care after the Erbium Laser Resurfacing?It's important to remember that skin treated with laser resurfacing may react in different ways.
Most commonly, you may feel like you have moderate sunburn. There will be swelling and redness of the skin. You may experience itching or stinging for 12 to 72 hours after the procedure. Five to seven days after laser resurfacing, your skin will become dry and peel.
New skin will form after the treated area has been peeled. This skin will at first appear pink. It should begin to gradually lighten for up to a year after treatment. Your doctor will not consider retreating the area until the area is completely healed.
Daily sunscreen application is necessary after healing to protect the newly laser-resurfaced skin. A "broad-spectrum" sunscreen, which screens both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays, is recommended. A sunscreen specifically formulated for use on the face should be chosen, with at least a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15.
Liberal moisturizer application is also recommended after healing. Patients may resume application of Retin-A and/or glycolic acid products around six weeks after laser resurfacing or as directed by their physician.
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