Erbium Resurfacing Laser Treatment in Valencia
Deep Skin Resurfacing
Like many medical skincare treatments, erbium laser resurfacing treatments target depleting collagen production in aging or damaged skin to trigger your body’s healing process to yield firm and smooth skin texture, as well as even out skin tone by erasing blemishes, fine lines, and other imperfections.
Deep skin resurfacing with laser treatments is considered an alternative to chemical peels, and these laser techniques vary by medium, wavelength, and penetration depth. In addition to its unique process, what makes erbium laser treatment different than other resurfacing options is its efficiency with trauma-induced skin issues such as sun damage or acne.
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How Erbium Laser Resurfacing Works
All lasers work by emitting wavelengths of light that simulate radiation, measured in nanometers. This works for skincare treatments because when this light is focused on areas of the skin, it creates heat and destroys damaged and diseased cells, triggering your body’s natural healing responses and increasing collagen production to naturally eradicate skin issues. Erbium lasers specifically use the triply ionized substance erbium dopant and use a wavelength that is considered infrared light to work their magic. This is accomplished as the light emitted is absorbed by water as the light hits the skin, vaporizing damaged tissue — this is also why the erbium laser works so well on the face specifically, which contains so many glands that respond to this technique. The heat generated by the laser then stimulates collagen production while tightening the skin and promoting healing, similar to what happens after a burn. As a result, you will see tighter, firmer, blemish-free skin once healed.
Erbium lasers can be used to treat certain skin conditions such as:
- Acne scars and other scarring from diseases such as chickenpox
- Sunspots and other sun damage
- Fine lines
- Hyperpigmentation and other uneven skin tone issues such as age spots, brown spots, freckles, birthmarks, and melasma
- Keratosis and other benign skin growths
Depending on if you are receiving a partial laser abrasion or a full-face treatment, erbium laser resurfacing treatments take between 30 minutes and 2.5 hours and usually do not require pain medication like other laser treatments. Erbium laser treatments are known for their quick recovery time and minimal side effects. Swelling, bruising, and redness will subside within 1 week of completing your erbium skin resurfacing treatments — you will only look a bit sunburned. The results can last up to 5 years!
Erbium Laser Resurfacing vs. C02 Laser Resurfacing
There are 2 kinds of laser treatments used for skin resurfacing: C02 ablative lasers and erbium YAG lasers. Both lasers are designed to remove the outer layers, although because of each laser’s different process of technique, the erbium laser’s healing time is twice as fast than the more abrasive C02 laser.
The choice between the 2 laser treatments is determined by what depth of the epidermis you are targeting, depending on your aesthetic goals and skin type. While both fractionated laser treatment techniques emit light to cause thermal injury to the dermis and signal collagen production, erbium YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have a shorter wavelength and therefore lower level of penetration to the skin. As a result, erbium YAG lasers have a higher power density and focus on a smaller surface area. Due to this process, the smaller wavelength produces quicker processing of thinner materials in the skin and can be pulsed or provide a continuous wave output, allowing a distinctive personalization of your treatment.
Overall, erbium laser treatments cause fewer side effects and yield a faster recovery time in comparison to C02 laser resurfacing. Erbium lasers are milder and less invasive, making this laser resurfacing treatment option especially ideal for those with sensitive skin or acne scars. Because of its higher-power density, erbium lasers also cause less hypopigmentation and skin lightening, and are therefore also a more effective laser treatment option for darker skin types.
Is Erbium Laser Resurfacing Right for You?
Whether you have sensitive skin, are prone to acne, have darker skin tone, or simply need quicker recovery time and less painful laser resurfacing overall, erbium laser treatments may be a valuable addition to your medical skincare treatment routine. This less invasive, yet equally effective laser resurfacing treatment option can help you achieve the tighter, younger, imperfection-free skin of your dreams.
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