Laser Techniques and Treatments

High Ablation Efficiency

One of the benefits of erbium laser resurfacing is minimal burning of surrounding tissue. This laser causes fewer side effects, such as swelling, bruising, and redness, so your recovery time should be faster than with CO2 laser resurfacing.

 

Erbium Laser

The Erbium Laser emits a wavelength of 2940 nanometres (nm), which primarily targets the water in the skin. This attraction to water causes controlled ablation of a very fine layer of skin, making this laser ideally suited to resurfacing the skin, removing moles and lesions and helping to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, and pigmentation.

Water is a primary constituent of the skin and the Erbium Laser vapourises the skin layers on contact, due to their high water content. The Erbium Laser has a very shallow penetration depth, with the energy being absorbed by the water. This transmits very little heat to the deeper layers of skin.

The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization.

What are the main uses of the Erbium Laser?

Removal of skin lesions
The erbium laser can be used to remove skin lesions that may be better suited to removal with laser rather than surgical excision. For example, various skin tags, solar keratosis, and benign naevi can be treated. It is not suitable for the removal of melanoma.

Wrinkle reduction
By ablating a very fine layer of skin with each pass of the erbium laser it is possible to resurface wrinkles inducing new collagen and skin regeneration . The greater the number of passes, the deeper the resurfacing of the skin, the longer the recovery period, and the better the results. Recovery from laser skin resurfacing with the Erbium usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.

Treatment of acne scarring
The Erbium Laser can be used in the treatment of atrophic (indented) acne scars. By ablating the superficial layers of the skin, new collagen and new skin is regenerated, with the skin returning to a more even texture.

 

 

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