Acne scars, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and sun damage are all common skin conditions. However, smoother, more even skin can be within your reach with the erbium laser peel available at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington, D.C. This revolutionary treatment uses an erbium laser to vaporize damaged skin cells at the surface of the skin, while stimulating collagen and elastin fibers beneath the skin in order to even and repair the surface.
What is an erbium laser?
There are many types of skin resurfacing lasers available, some of the most common being CO2, erbium, and non-ablative. Erbium lasers are less aggressive than CO2 lasers, but more so than non-ablative. Erbium laser treatments usually require less downtime than CO2 laser treatments, but require more than one session to achieve full results.
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What is an erbium laser peel?
Erbium can yield a visible difference in the skin’s overall appearance with minimal downtime. This “laser peel” is used to soften fine lines, reduce the appearance of pore size, smooth uneven skin tone and texture, and clear unwanted brown spots caused by sun damage in the right candidate. This safe and effective treatment stimulates skin turnover and promotes the formation of collagen and elastin fibers that helps to strengthen the skin.
Because the erbium laser peel is less ablative than CO2 lasers, there is generally less recovery time required after sessions, and less pain involved as well. A topical anesthetic will be used in order to make the treatment as comfortable as possible, but be advised that each patient has a different pain tolerance level. Dr. Melda Isaac will nonetheless do her best to ensure that each patient is as comfortable as possible during a treatment.
Who is a good candidate for an erbium laser peel?
Anyone who has skin affected by fine lines, acne scars, or uneven skin pigmentation can be a good candidate for this treatment. Although results can often be seen after just one treatment, typically three to five sessions are needed for full results, so this treatment is for someone who is able to make a time commitment. The results should be worth it, however, as after the full three to five sessions the skin can potentially be completely rejuvenated, with a smooth, youthful appearance!
Frequently Asked Questions
For your further information, we’ve put together a list of commonly asked questions about the erbium laser peel. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Q: What is the difference between an erbium laser and other types of lasers?
A: Erbium lasers are somewhere in the middle between CO2 lasers and non-ablative lasers. Less aggressive than CO2 lasers, erbium lasers are less painful and usually require less downtime. However, because it is less aggressive, it may take more sessions to achieve the desired result.
Q: How painful is an erbium laser treatment?
A: Patients who undergo the erbium laser treatments can experience mild pain. A topical anesthetic is used prior to treatment in order to minimize pain and discomfort as much as possible. Let Dr. Isaac in Washington DC know of any concerns so she can do her best to make the procedure comfortable for you.
Q: How quickly will I see results?
A: For many patients, the skin can appear brighter and smoother after just one session. However, full results will take a bit longer. Over the course of three to five sessions, your skin can continue to improve as the deep tissue is stimulated to produce collagen and elastin.
Q: How long do the results last?
A: How long results last will depend on you. The results are generally long-lasting, and will last longer the better you treat your skin. We recommend protecting your skin from the sun as much as possible, and making sure you stay hydrated with water and keep to a healthy diet that is good for your skin.
Q: How long does acne scar treatments take?
A: Erbium laser sessions generally last anywhere from half an hour to an hour, depending on how many areas need to be treated.
To learn more about acne scar treatments, visit WebMD.com.
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