What Is Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

Nov. 12, 2021 12:54 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini

What Is Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

When you are thinking about undergoing some procedure to rejuvenate your skin, there are many different options to choose from.


Whether you are looking to smooth out fine lines or wrinkles, reduce age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes, or all of the above, professionals typically recommend that you undergo some laser treatment.


But what kind of laser treatment is best? Because it is so easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of options, it can lead to people simply giving up as they do not know which option is best for them genuinely. To make that decision-making process easier, we have decided to focus solely on one fantastic form of laser treatment in this quick breakdown. That type of treatment is known as erbium laser resurfacing.


But what is laser resurfacing, and what skin issues does it treat? Continue reading to find out! We’ve taken the time to develop the top questions – and answers to those questions – about erbium laser resurfacing.


Should I Consider Getting Erbium Laser?


When it comes to any laser treatment, it is most common for people to receive it during the autumn and winter months. The reason why is because patients who receive laser treatment are then quite sensitive to sun damage in the coming days.


For that reason, fall and winter are the most common times to get laser treatment because the sun is up less and weaker compared to the spring and summer months.


However, no matter what time of year you get your treatment in, you should always be wearing at least SPF 30 in the days following your treatment to avoid sun damage.


As for when you should personally get treatment, it is a judgment call. Some people use it as a measure to prevent wrinkles from forming. Others don’t opt to get treatment until they are sick and tired of trying to cover up wrinkles, blemishes, and stars. Ultimately it is a personal preference based on your desires for your skin.


Is Erbium Laser Painful?

The simple answer to this question is that it depends on whom you ask. While professionals who offer the treatment refer to the immediate sensation as getting snapped by a thin band-aid, the sensation’s strength will depend on the laser calibration, penetration depth, and treatment area.


Some laser resurfacing treatments will be pain-free. Others will be a bit painful at the time of treatment, and then the area that was treated will remain sensitive for a day or two. However, there are good ways to manage and reduce the discomfort in the coming days after the treatment until you are back to 100 percent!


Does skin pigment impact the treatment?


There is truth to the idea that some laser treatments can be unsafe for people with darker skin. However, there are safe and effective laser resurfacing issues for everyone, no matter their skin pigmentation. Typically, erbium laser resurfacing is best for lighter-toned African Americans, Hispanics, Caucasians, or Asian people.


Regarding people with darker skin tones, radio-frequency treatments or micro-needling are two of the most popular alternative treatments.


If you are unsure about what kind of skin treatment you should receive, speak to a medical professional. Your doctor should have extensive training in this specific area. An experienced doctor can offer you the information you need to choose the right laser treatment.


Who should do my laser resurfacing treatment?


The answer can explain almost every major skin treatment procedure. It would help if you always opted to work with highly trained, experienced, and knowledgeable professionals.


Many people opt to get their skin treatment with a cosmetic surgeon board certified by the ABCS professional. Anyone whom the ABCS certifies will have tons of training and know exactly how to perform laser treatment as safely and as well as possible. While lesser trained individuals may be cheaper, the procedure itself can render weak results.


Are there any medicines I cannot be on to get laser resurfacing treatment?


It would be best if you always were upfront and honest with the treatment provider about any medication you have been on. For example, laser treatment can induce such things if you are prone to cold sores, blisters, blisters, or fevers. Moreover, people on acne medications containing isotretinoin, such as Accutane, can experience poor healing and subsequent scarring from laser resurfacing.


Moreover, if you deal with diabetes or other chronic health issues, your doctor may turn you away as such medication can impact the overall safety of laser resurfacing. Additionally, if you are a smoker, you should quit at least two weeks before your procedure. Research findings suggest that smoking can impact the healing process.


What does erbium laser resurfacing treat best?


As is the case with all laser treatments, some treat certain things better than others. Depending on what you are looking to treat, you may want to consider a different set of options. When it comes to erbium laser treatment, we know it as the best way to treat fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and age spots. If these are any of the issues you are currently dealing with and looking to solve, erbium could be a  great choice for you.




Now you know the basic facts about erbium laser resurfacing treatment. You probably have a much better idea if it is right for you by now. If it is, consider finding a certified professional in your area and getting started on setting up a procedure.


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