Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing 101

Improved skin is the top of everyone’s list, but the way we go about achieving that desired skin can be different. For many patients, we recommend a laser treatment to achieve the best results. During a laser treatment, an ablative or non-ablative laser can be used to treat minor skin flaws.

Wrinkles and skin imperfection
  • Ablative laserThis laser removes the thin outer layer of skin and heats the underlying layer of skin to stimulate collagen growth to improve skin firmness and texture.

  • Non-ablative laserThis approach stimulates collagen growth and is less aggressive than an ablative laser.

Both methods are delivered with a fractional laser and are meant to lessen the appearance of fine lines in the face. They can also be used to treat loss of skin tone, improve your complexion, treat age spots, sun-damaged skin, and acne scars.

While we have a wealth of options at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery and Visage Skin Care & Laser Center, we recommend Erbium Laser Resurfacing, our strongest skin resurfacing treatment.

Why Erbium Laser Resurfacing at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery?

Since it is the most aggressive skin resurfacing procedure, only our Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Burke Robinson performs this procedure in our practice.  It is generally used on patients with very deep wrinkles and severely aged skin.  Most practitioners and patients agree that the Erbium Laser achieves the most dramatic, long-lasting results in skin tightening and smoothing of wrinkles.  At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Robinson performs full and partial facial resurfacing.

What is Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

Erbium Laser Resurfacing is a procedure that uses advanced laser technology to remove the outer layers of skin, revealing new, refreshed skin cells below. Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, and chest. The laser creates a narrower area of heating of adjacent tissues compared with other laser skin-resurfacing methods, which leads to more focused removal of old skin cell layers. The result? Minimal burning of surrounding tissue and fewer side effects such as swelling, bruising, and redness.

In short, Erbium Laser Resurfacing helps reverse sun damage, treat fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, and it’s safe for all skin tones – even deeper skin tones.

Who is a candidate for Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

While best answered by Dr. Robinson or Heather Davis, Assistant Laser Practitioner & Licensed Esthetician, this procedure works on all skin types though there may be other options recommended for deeper skin tones.

What should I expect during treatment?

First, your skin is cleansed and numbed. Then depending on the treatment area, the full procedure can take 30 to 45 minutes if it’s an isolated area, or up to two hours. Post-treatment, a nonstick dressing is applied for 24 hours. Once removed, you’ll have a recommend skincare routine to keep skin moist and prevent scabbing. Typically, the total recovery takes 3-4 weeks, depending on the treatment area.

Ready to get the best skin of your life? Contact us for a consultation today!