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What You Need To Know About Erbium Laser Resurfacing

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Real patient’s skin before being treated by Erbium Laser.

Recently, a woman came to our office concerned about the rough texture of her skin and the deep lines around her eyes and mouth. Our nurse injector, Moira Ljungquist, was able to address the wrinkles with Juvederm Voluma and Botox, but she still felt like the coarse texture of her skin muddled her complexion and appearance. After trying all the creams and serums out there, she was at loss and skeptical that anything would work.

Our practice recently expanded the skincare services to include erbium laser resurfacing and  IPL and CO2 laser treatments – all which address textural issues and work differently depending on your skin type and tone. For this patient, Moira thought erbium might do the trick.

What is Erbium?  A laser resurfacing technique that ablates the epidermis to reveal a smoother, younger looking layer of skin. It can also activates collagen production to to promote tightening and smooth out wrinkles.

Treatment Areas: Full face, neck, hands + décolletage

Benefits: Minimal burning of surrounding tissues; fewer side-effects + recovery time than other laser treatments; good for darker skin tones

Best Time for Erbium: The fall and winter months when you will have less sun exposure

Drawbacks: Does not treat lines and wrinkles below the epidermis; can take up to 10 days for a full recovery; treated area will appear red and blotchy after treatment; cannot be exposed to direct sunlight for 5 days post treatment

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Recovery Time: 5 – 10 days – Above photos show the patient at 2 days, 5 days and 8 days after erbium. Each individual patient responds differently to the treatment.

Pain level & anesthetic: Topical anesthetic is used to alleviate any discomfort. Generally patients describe the sensation as a light finger flick.

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Real patient’s skin after being treated with Erbium laser. *Individual results may vary.

After one full-face erbium laser treatment and 10 days later, this patient is now an erbium disciple.

She admits that the recovery period was more intense than expected – her face was very red for a few days before the top layer began peeling. But the time and discomfort were well worth the wait. Now she says people actually compliment her on her “luminous” skin.

To schedule a consult for a laser resurfacing treatment with our RN, please call the office at (650) 327-3232.