The skin’s surface can be affected by many factors, from lingering acne scars to changes from aging. As the skin ages, it loses collagen and elasticity, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. To improve the skin’s surface, treatments used for exfoliating the old skin cells and stimulating new collagen are effective. One type of skin treatment for removing acne scars, lines and wrinkles is laser skin resurfacing. At Precision Medical Specialists, we offer Erbium laser skin resurfacing at our medical center in Wellington, FL.
The Erbium laser skin resurfacing treatment is similar to carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing, but with some differences. Both can remove surface skin cells with bursts of light energy to remove scars or stimulate new collagen. The benefits of the Erbium laser include less bleeding and more precision than many carbon dioxide laser treatments. This can result in a much quicker recovery. The recovery time is about a week, with patients healing twice as quick than with some other laser resurfacing treatments. Erbium lasers also are safe to use on most skin types and can be effective on darker skin that can lighten or lose pigment with other types of laser treatments.
How Does the Erbium Laser Work?
During Erbium laser skin resurfacing, short bursts of light are emitted that are absorbed by the water in the skin cells. The targeted skin cells are vaporized, and heat is generated that affects the surrounding skin. The damaged skin cells are removed, and new skin cells are produced to resurface the skin. The slight damage to the surface of the skin stimulates a healing response, creating new collagen to firm and repair the skin. The Erbium laser can be used to target specific lines, wrinkles or scars, or a full-face resurfacing can be performed for a facial rejuvenation.
Erbium laser skin resurfacing can be used for removing acne scars, age spots or signs of sun damage to the skin. It is most beneficial when used on the face but can be used on other areas of the body. Dr. Chiang offers numbing agents for the skin to ensure the treatment is comfortable and pain-free for our patients. Some swelling and redness of the skin will occur while healing, but most patients recover in about a week from their treatment.
If you want to eliminate mild to moderate lines and wrinkles from sun damage or improve the overall tone and texture of your skin, Erbium laser skin resurfacing may be right for you. To learn more about our cosmetic dermatology and laser treatments at Precision Medical Specialists, contact our clinic in Wellington to schedule a skin consultation.