Erbium Laser Resurfacing - Facial Treatments

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Laser Resurfacing Treatment

Erbium laser resurfacing is a non-surgical anti-aging treatment our surgeons provide to their patients. Discover the benefits of this dermatology procedure. Anti-ageing treatments for the dermis (skin) can be surgical or non-surgical in nature, which can influence their suitability for patients.

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Which Patients Obtain Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

Which Patients Obtain Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

Many patients could potentially benefit from erbium laser resurfacing; this can be explained through the versatility of this treatment. One of the reasons why patients obtain erbium laser resurfacing is tackling skin concerns and abnormalities. It is not uncommon for a patient to encounter blemishes and abnormalities caused by pigmentation, hypopigmentation, lesions, acne scars, freckles, and even sun damage such as sunspots. For these types of problems with the skin, erbium laser resurfacing can be an option. Another major reason why patients choose erbium laser skin resurfacing is its anti-aging benefits. Since the laser focuses on certain layers of the skin, it can be used to create a rejuvenating effect on the face. In fact, laser resurfacing procedures can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What Type of Laser is Used in Laser Resurfacing?

What Type of Laser is Used in Laser Resurfacing?

We do need to mention that different kinds of lasers can be utilised for a treatment such as this; this includes the carbon dioxide laser. Even though the carbon dioxide laser is associated with additional downtime, this type of laser can be more suitable for certain skin types and skin conditions. It belongs to the ablative lasers family, which usually require fewer treatment sessions, but have more side effects. Nevertheless, ablation using lasers are also possible for skin rejuvenation and additional problems such as hyperpigmentation. While laser resurfacing is commonly obtained as a standalone treatment, it can be combined with surgical procedures as well. The implementation of laser resurfacing during such a procedure depends on the requirements of the patient as well as the nature of the other cosmetic surgery treatment being executed.

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    What Is Laser Treatment for Skin(Co2 Laser or Erbium Laser Treatment)?

    The effect of the laser on the skin depends on the type of laser that is being used. To illustrate this,
    we will take the example of the erbium laser; this is a common type of laser used for laser
    resurfacing at the Institute of Aesthetics.

    When an erbium laser is used om dermatology, it starts to interact with the water that is present
    inside the skin. By interacting with this water, burns from an erbium laser are less likely. Of course,
    burns are not beyond the realm of possibility, so patients should take this into consideration when
    they choose their surgeon. Always choose a surgeon with experience in erbium laser treatment to
    reduce the chance of this sort of complication.

    Laser resurfacing will tackle a specific layer of the skin and will evaporate it. By effectively ‘damaging’
    the skin, the body will respond by producing more of the compound collagen. Naturally, collagen is
    the compound in our skin that keeps the skin smooth and wrinkle-free. So, this creation of new
    collagen is what provides patients with a more rejuvenated appearance after laser energy

    Various areas can be treated with a laser beam. Patients can treat their full face, but also the areas around the eyes and the mouth specifically. The treatment can be done with a numbing agent or a
    local anaesthetic, depending on the scope of the procedure. In some instances, the surgeon can
    combine CO2 laser resurfacing or erbium resurfacing with a facelift. During this combination
    treatment, the surgeon will lift the patient’s underlying facial muscles, but will also provide the facial
    skin with additional treatment for better results.

    To determine which laser treatment is recommended for your particular problem, it is always
    important to speak to an experienced medical professional who has executed erbium laser
    resurfacing, fractional laser resurfacing, Yttrium lasers, or CO2 laser treatment. An experienced
    health professional does not only execute the treatment, he or she can recommend the most suitable
    laser for your skin type and your requirements. As mentioned earlier, erbium laser, CO2 laser, and
    other lasers used today have their own benefits. Therefore, it is vital to speak to someone who has experienced with these treatment options.

    Will I Experience Any Side-Effects After Laser Resurfacing?

    Most patients will experience some side effects after a laser resurfacing treatment; since certain layers of the skin are evaporated during the treatment. In most cases, patients experience some discomfort, which is often described as a mild sunburn.

    Skincare and Makeup

    Skincare and Makeup

    To protect your skin post-treatment, the treatment area will be covered in some thin dressings. Patients will be advised to wear these dressings for a couple of days after the procedure; this will keep the treatment area free from infection and other complications. It is also important to apply the appropriate skincare and protect your skin against sun damage after your treatment.

    During the initial recovery process, patients should avoid using makeup; this is usually restricted to several days after the procedure. Once the skin had a bit more recovery time, patients can use gentle makeup products on the skin. Ideally, mineral makeup products, since these do not clog the pores.

    Sun Exposure

    Sun Exposure

    Patients must also consider that their skin will be somewhat sensitive after the procedure, so ensuring your skin has the proper protection is vital to your recovery. One of the things patients should be especially careful of is direct sunlight. Too much sun exposure could damage the skin or cause complications, so it is necessary to stay out of direct sunlight or provide your skin with adequate protection if you do encounter it. Patients should also remember that certain skin types can be more prone to sun damage than others, so patients should choose a sunscreen with higher SPF if required.

    Thermal Injury

    Thermal Injury

    One common concern with outdated resurfacing treatments was a thermal injury caused by the laser. Fortunately, lasers have evolved considerably over the years. Choosing an experienced professional will also reduce the chance of complications. Why it does not exclude complications completely, it does reduce the chance significantly compared to an inexperienced professional.

    To ensure you can take the best care of your skin after your treatment, you will be provided with some post-operative guidelines. It is important to follow those post-operative guidelines carefully, as they enhance your recovery and protect your sensitive skin too. You can also be required to attend a follow-up appointment at the clinic, during which one of our surgeons will evaluate your progress and recommend any additional treatments if they are required.

    Discover Erbium Laser Resurfacing Advantages!

    An increasingly large number of patients now opt for Erbium Laser Resurfacing procedures. We offer a free no-obligation assessment regarding scar treatment and laser resurfacing.

    Since laser resurfacing stimulates collagen production, it is often combined with a variety of other cosmetic procedures such as facelift or blepharoplasty. It could also be considered for patients who suffer from certain skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.

    If you’re looking to remove fat from the face or fillers, get a free no-obligation consultation at the Institute of Aesthetics.

    Note: We encourage a second opinion. Ideally from a dematologist. Please be aware different specialties have different approaches.

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    What else do I need to Know About Laser Resurfacing?

    How Much Does Laser Resurfacing Cost?

    The cost of laser resurfacing can be subject to the type of laser used. Erbium laser removes superficial skin layers, while other devices can penetrate some of the deeper support layers. CO2 lasers and fractional lasers are just some of the alternatives you can encounter.

    Cost can also vary by the problem you are trying to treat, e.g. deep lines and severe acne scarring may require more than one treatment.

    How Long Does Fractional Laser Resurfacing Last?

    Like most laser resurfacing procedures, the results from the treatment are relatively long-term. Of course, laser resurfacing does not stop the natural ageing process, so certain signs of ageing can return over time.

    Most patients are eligible for Erbium laser resurfacing, as it is a relatively simple procedure. Of course, it is always best to speak to your surgeon before you have any kind of procedure. During a medical evaluation, your surgeon can evaluate your skin and your requirements, after which he can provide a suitable treatment option.

    Is Laser Good for Skin?

    A laser can benefit you, as it can remove damaged skin layers and reveal clearer and brighter new skin underneath. Of course, laser resurfacing can be even more effective when combined with a good skincare routine and a healthy diet afterwards. Nevertheless, the laser is brilliant to tackle rhytides (wrinkles) and can even provide skin tightening in many treatment areas. For more information about laser treatments, you can also refer to PubMed publications.

    Is Laser Resurfacing a Suitable Treatment for Me?

    It is important to note that skin tone can be a determining factor in your treatment. Fortunately, laser technology has advanced considerably, enabling all patients to get the procedure. However, certain lasers may be more suitable for patients with darker skin tones while others are better for patients with a paler skin texture and less pigment. Evidently, an experienced dermatologist will be able to determine if an ablative or non-ablative laser is the best choice for your skin treatments.

    Before & After Photos

    Click on the picture above to see a range of ‘before & after’ pictures of our amazing laser resurfacing results.

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    Frequently Asked Questions for Skin Resurfacing

    Yes, this is a safe procedure if performed by a surgeon with years of experience in laser resurfacing.

    Costs vary between $2000- $5000 for the surgical fee depending on what areas are being treated plus the associated theatre costs.

    The skin is completely layered away and replaced with a refreshed skin so the benefits are an improvement for wrinkles, acne scars and pigmentation.

    There are risks of scarring or lack of result if performed by an inexperienced surgeon. Complications also include scarring, pigmentation issues and not removing every line. Laser is only for texture, not dropping of skin A patient with any history of cold sores needs preventative tablets as they can outbreak and affect healing.

    Laser resurfacing is the removal of the dermal layers with a laser resulting in a new refreshed layer of skin in 5-7 days.

    Erbium laser resurfacing is the laser of choice for resurfacing. The skin is layers are lasered away and a new layer is revealed after 5- 7 days.

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