Erbium laser resurfacing is a type of skin resurfacing procedure which uses light technology to resurface the skin for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. The Erbium laser is effective in treating superficial to moderately deep lines and wrinkles, as well as acne and other scars. Commonly treated areas include the face, hands, neck and chest.
Candidates for Erbium laser resurfacing include healthy individuals who are looking to improve lines, wrinkles, acne scars or other facial scars. This is often a good choice for darker skinned patients who are not good candidates for other laser treatments. For some individuals, the fractionated CO2 laser may also be an option. Dr. Dayan will meet with you during consultation and fully evaluate your medical history, physical condition and goals to help determine which laser is best for you.
Dr. Dayan performs Erbium laser resurfacing at his Chicago office. Local anesthesia is used and treatment times average five to ten minutes. During the procedure, the laser delivers brief pulses of light which allows for the precise control of the treated tissue. This allows for minimal damage to the surrounding tissue which in turn results in less swelling, bruising, redness and an overall shorter recovery time compared to CO2 laser resurfacing.
Recovery following Erbium laser resurfacing takes approximately one week. Some redness may result which typically fades within forty-eight hours after treatments. Work and most other normal activities can usually be resumed within seven to ten days. Any risks or complications associated with Erbium laser resurfacing are generally mild.