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What is the Erbium:Yag laser?
SharpLight Erbium:Yag Fractional Laser 2940 and Spectrum Erbium:Yag Fully Ablative Laser 2940 produce energy in a 2,940 nm wavelength which then gently penetrates the skin and is readily absorbed by water, scattering the heat effects of the laser light. It stimulates skin cell turnover and promotes the formation of collagen and elastin fibers that will strengthen the skin. The laser can remove both superficial and medium depth lines, including some scarring. It intensively treats old epidermal pigment cells and promotes the skin’s natural process for creating new, healthier tissue to replace the damaged cells.
How does Erbium: Yag work?
The erbium:Yag laser targets water in the skin leading to controlled vaporization of superficial cells and thermal injury in the dermis that results in collagen remodeling and healing. The thermal injury in the dermis stimulates the production of collagen, which can significantly reduce visible wrinkling and scars. In addition, the water vaporization results in a skin-peeling effect in the epidermal layer, improving the appearance of photo-damaged skin.
What does Erbium: Yag 2940 treat?
Laser skin resurfacing is used to reduce skin imperfections. Superficial sun damage, fine lines/wrinkles, skin laxity, brown/age spots, blotchiness, scars and certain precancerous growths can be addressed with the erbium:Yag.
3-4 sessions, 1 month apart. Maintenance treatment recommended every 6 months.
Avoid sun exposure and/or artificial tanning products for at 2-4 weeks prior to treatment. Discontinue photosensitizing topical products (retinol, glycolic, etc.) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.) prior to treatment. Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure.
- Expect approximately 3-7 days of down time. This time will include redness, swelling, itching, and peeling.
- Apply ice initially until burning sensation has deceased, then apply Aquaphor for the first 24 hours
- Use a mild cleanser or moisturizer for 1 week, then may resume usual skin care routine
- In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure
Who can use Erbium: Yag?
Erbium: Yag is not recommended if you’ve used Accutane within the past year. It is not available to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Erbium: Yag is not recommended for those with a history of: vitiligo, scleroderma, collagen disorder, radiation or skin cancer, psoriasis/eczema, or keloid formation. Careful use with melasma and darker skin types (not for skin types IV+).
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