Talkin’ About Skin: What is Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

Collagen production is essential for supple, smooth skin. But when skin ages, it struggles to carry out this task, resulting in textured, dull skin.

Reversing the effects of aging skin is difficult, and over-the-counter skincare topicals can only do so much.

But through Erbium laser resurfacing, you can renew your skin. With this treatment, you can rediscover that your skin is capable of an even, youthful glow.

Keep reading to learn about how transformative laser skin resurfacing is. Afterward, you’ll be ready to book the appointment that your complexion needs.

What Is Erbium Laser Resurfacing

What is Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Erbium laser resurfacing uses a combination of light and heat to laser the skin. This laser skin resurfacing method is ablative, using ultra-precise, targeted lasering to intentionally create injury on skin tissue. Targeted injury to the skin stimulates collagen remodeling to those areas.

This method can reduce skin discoloration and improve skin texture and tone. Clients usually come in for laser resurfacing to address issues such as fine lines, age spots, wrinkles, etc.

How Can Skin Resurfacing Improve My Skin?

Collagen production is a crucial element in skin texture. When your skin is injured, your body works to replace it, creating new, healthier skin in its place.

That’s why exfoliative and retinol products are so popular. They provoke skin cell turnover, sloughing away dead skin to reveal brighter, more youthful skin underneath. Collagen production methods can be life-changing for even those with stubborn, decades-long acne/texture issues.

Laser resurfacing does exactly this, but more effectively and quickly. By targeting injury to specific parts of the body, lasering accelerates collagen production faster than topical skincare products would.

Who is Erbium Laser Resurfacing Meant For?

Clients have relied on Erbium laser skin resurfacing for years. This procedure is great for many clients, including those that have:

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Skin discoloration
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Dark skin
    • Erbium lasering is comparably better-suited for clients with darker skin tones than other lasering methods
    • Make sure that you book an appointment with a skilled technician for the best results

Clients with deeper skin issues may need to come in for multiple treatments. This applies particularly to older clients since collagen production is especially stunted for older skin.

However, this method is typically not suited for clients with active acne or breakout-prone skin. Erbium lasering also won’t fix issues such as sagging or excessive skin. Call 727-754-4959 to schedule a consult with us to ensure you are a good fit for this, or any skin procedure.

Does Laser Resurfacing Hurt?

Erbium laser resurfacing can feel uncomfortable for some clients because of its ablative nature. A client’s level of discomfort depends on their sensitivity, tolerance, and severity of treatment.

Doctors typically use topical anesthetics to prep the skin to mitigate discomfort. Be honest about your fears and let your doctor directly inform you about what measures they take to ease discomfort during your consultation. They may even take extra precautions for your specific appointment.

What are the Risks of Laser Resurfacing?

Like all professional facial procedures, Erbium laser procedures have risks. Such laser resurfacing risks include:

  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scarring
  • Burns
  • Bacterial infection
  • Milia

But rest assured, with proper preparation and a good technician, the chances of these risks happening are minimal.

How do I Prep for Laser Resurfacing?

Before you undergo treatment, it is best to have a thorough consult with your doctor or technician. This consultation is important to establish what your goals of treatment are and if there are any contraindications. Your technician will also inform you on how to prepare for your resurfacing appointment.

Such preparations include:

  • Stopping blood-thinning medications [as directed by your healthcare provider]
  • Avoiding direct sun exposure/sunburn
  • Avoiding facial peels weeks before treatment
  • Stopping smoking since it may hinder the healing process
  • Stopping use of skincare topical treatments
  • Diligent and daily SPF use

These preparations are essential to avoid complications during and after laser resurfacing procedures. Take them seriously to get the best out of your treatment.

How Will My Skin Look After Laser Resurfacing?

After your appointment, it’s important to take care of your skin so it heals properly. Your skin will take about 1 week to completely heal. During this time, you’ll probably experience effects such as:

  • Mild swelling
  • Mild peeling
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort
  • Redness

The first three side effects will most likely subside after 4 days, max. Some redness may persist for weeks, especially for natural blondes and redheads.

How Should I Take Care of My Skin After Laser Resurfacing?

Since your skin will be fragile and sensitive, it’s imperative that you take your technician’s advice seriously. Such advice may include:

  • Diligent and daily SPF and moisturizer use
  • Diligent antibiotic/antiviral ointment/pill consumption, if instructed to
  • Avoiding direct sun exposure
  • Stopping smoking
  • Stopping makeup application
  • Elevating your head while sleeping

How Long Does Laser Resurfacing Last?

Erbium resurfacing generally requires 1-3 sessions for best results. Most clients find that they only need one appointment to reap great, long-term benefits from laser resurfacing.

Some clients require multiple, deeper treatments if they have more serious issues to address. Either way, as long as clients maintain a good skincare routine after their appointment(s), they’ll greatly extend the longevity of their results.

Are You Ready to Use Erbium Laser Resurfacing for Brighter, Glowing Skin?

Erbium laser resurfacing is a transformative procedure that clients walk away from feeling revitalized. At Total Family Wellness, we understand how great facial treatments boost clients’ confidence. That’s why we offer quality Erbium laser resurfacing services that have delighted clients for years.

If you’d like to experience the magic of laser resurfacing, contact us today! Afterward, you’d be one appointment away from glowing, youthful skin.