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What Is the Erbium:Yag Laser?
The Erbium:Yag fractional laser is a resurfacing laser that 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 the 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 the Erbium:Yag 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.
- 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.
- 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 Is a Candidate For the Erbium:Yag?
The Erbium:Yag laser is mostly recommended for lighter skin types (I-IV). It is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, have used Accutane within the past 6 months, or have psoriasis, eczema, or melasma in the treatment area.