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Erbium Lasers Overview

2021-08-12 15:05:09

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
Reviewed by:
Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

1- Erbium laser vs Co2 laser

2-The best candidate for treated by the Sciton Erbium Laser

3-How does laser skin resurfacing work?

4- what should you expect during erbium laser treatments?

5-The aftercare you will need

6-Recovery time after Erbium Laser


Whatever you have to know about Erbium Lasers

Using erbium lasers is another method for face skin resurfacing. If you like to have dramatic improvements in your skin appearance, erbium skin resurfacing is a good option.
It's important to know how erbium Lasers work. They remove the superficial layer of the skin and new skin will be replaced there and improve line and wrinkles appearance. Skin tightening is also expected because it increases the collagen fibers' stimulation.
In comparison with CO2 lasers, it is less painful and has fewer side effects. Researches have proven that the recovery period of erbium Laser treatments is shorter than other treatments. Laser resurfacing is called skin peel too and is mostly an outpatient procedure that is done with local anesthesia or mild sedation. Although you are awake along with the procedure, your skin is numb and you don't feel discomfort.

Erbium laser vs Co2 laser

Utilizing erbium Lasers is less invasive and milder in comparison with other ablative Lasers like CO2 Lasers. The main difference between CO2 and erbium Lasers is the depth they penetrate. Co2 Laser's effect on deeper parts of the skin and able to remove deeper damaged layers. However CO2 is much better for deeper damages, the aftercare and recovery of that are harder.
Erbium Lasers can be monitored easier than CO2 ones so they are better options for mouth or eye or any other sensitive areas. Erbium laser resurfacing can be done with other cosmetic procedures like facelifts or even some operations like eyelid surgery.

Who are the best candidates to be treated with the Sciton Erbium Laser?

• Wrinkles
• Epidermal Nevi (Moles and birthmarks)
• Acne Scars
• Solar lentigines (Dark spots caused by sun exposure)
• Actinic Keratoses (Potentially pre-cancerous growths)
• Hypertrophic Scars
• Syringoma (Small sand-sized bumps under the skin surface)
• Surgical or Trauma Scars

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

Lasers focus the specialized light on desired areas. This procedure changes the older skin to new skin. The resulting heat generation evaporates very fine layers of skin, diminishing the look of wrinkles and other unwanted textures.
After having the procedure the skin becomes smoother, more evenly coloured, and softer. Various types of lasers and lights are available for skin resurfacing.

What should you expect during erbium laser treatments?

First of all, anesthesia is administered for you to be comfortable during the procedure. Your eyes will be covered completely with safety shields or special glasses. During the procedure, the skin will be scanned by a computer-controlled device. Patients may hear a snapping noise as the laser slowly removes the outer skin cells.
The time that the procedure lasts depends on the size of the treated area and the depth of peeling skin.

Laser Peel Depth
Depending on the patient's condition the depth which is necessary to be treated varies. For superficial or medium resurfacing, the depth is limited to the epidermis and papillary dermis.
If deeper resurfacing is needed, the reticular dermis should be removed.
As it was mentioned before the depth in which focused light can penetrate the skin can be controlled so erbium lasers are perfect for different usages which need superficial or deep penetration. Erbium laser requires less post-operative care and is used for sensitive areas of skin like lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.

The aftercare you will need following the erbium laser resurfacing

Your doctor will mention some important instructions that you have to follow in order to fast the rehabilitation process. In the first step, you have to get some skincare products. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will instruct you on how to use each of them. Following the instructions is a helpful way to reduce the chance of infection and ensure the shortest recovery time.
Try not to wear heavy makeup about one week after the laser resurfacing procedure( till the time that new skin will regrow). Cover your skin completely with a sun screen to avoid sun exposure. Wearing a hat is a useful technique for outdoors.

How long will it take to be completely recovered?

Different factors affect your recovery period like :
_actual treatment depth
_type of your skin
_your desired goals
_method of resurfacing
You will experience erythema (redness) for several weeks but by passing time it will be reduced.

Expectations after erbium laser treatments

The goal is regeneration of new surface layer of skin and this will be possible after few days. Erythema and swelling are common happenings in treated areas after laser treatments. The effectiveness of procedure depends on the aftercare. Your skin will have a residual pink or red colour that will dissolve over time.

 Infection risk of laser peels methods

Like all kinds of medical and aesthetic procedures the infection is possible. Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will prescribe medications which reduce the risk of infection.

How soon will I see my desired results?

The complete recovery time is about one to two weeks and until then you are not able to see the final results. As your skin heals, and as new collagen regenerates and fills in the lines and wrinkles, your results will continue to improve. Results will continue to improve for months.

In this article we tried to give you required information about erbium lasers. You can read about other methods of facial skin resurfacing on ERMATEB'S website. After reading if you think there is something left to be answered, contact ERMATEB'S experts. ERMATEB'S professional team tries to provide all information and instructions about medical and aesthetic fields. You can understand all details about medical procedures, recovery procedures, aftercare procedures, costs of services and ... on ERMATEB'S website. Compare our offers with all medical tourism teams, you'll understand that none of them are as satisfying as ERMATEB'S group.

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