Erbium Resurfacing Laser
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What the Erbium resurfacing laser treats.
How does the procedure work?
The Erbium laser is an ablative laser, meaning each time it is passed over an area, it removes a very fine layer of damaged skin. This continues until it reaches a level less affected by the problem, allowing new healthier skin to be revealed. The Erbium laser can be used to resurface a range of skin conditions including wrinkling, post acne scarring, sun damage and benign skin tumours.
What will the patient experience during the procedure?
This is a painful procedure, so if the full face is being treated, a general anaesthetic is often required. More commonly, smaller areas are treated under local anaesthesia, sometimes in combination with a local anaesthetic cream. Protective eyewear is worn by the patient during the treatment. The procedure produces a burn and immediately afterwards is covered by a greasy ointment to keep the wound hydrated until it is healed. It is important that the area remain hydrated as this optimises wound healing.
What can the patient expect after the procedure?
It is normal for the patient to feel a burning sensation (like sunburn) for 10–90 minutes following the procedure. It generally takes up to two weeks for the initial healing to occur and during this time, the area will ooze and may be swollen. When healed, the skin will look pink and may have some blotchy pigmentation, which gradually fades between two and twelve weeks.