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Erbium Laser (Skin Rejuvenation)

Erbium laser treatment, also known as the Erbium weekend peel, gets its name because of the typical 2-3 day downtime associated with the procedure. The treatment utilizes laser technology to remove a controlled 30 millionths of an inch of skin tissue at a time. The treatment gives a much more uniform and consistent result than chemical peels and microdermabrasion. It softens the damage inflicted to your skin from sun, aging and biological factors and reveals healthier, younger-looking skin.


The laser light is absorbed by the water in your skin cells. The absorption in turn causes the instantaneous vaporization of the cell. As the laser light is passed over your skin, a mere 30 millionth of an inch of tissue is removed at a time. This incredible control allows to treat only as deeply as is needed, from removing wrinkles to refreshing your overall skin appearance. After the damaged skin is removed, new skin quickly regrows in its place.


Everyone will heal at various rates depending on the depth of treatment, the particular areas treated, and your own healing rate. Noticeable results are typically seen in a few days, with complete healing in only a few weeks. Light resurfacing around the eyes and lips typically takes only a few days. A deep, full facial resurfacing may take longer before you feel esthetically comfortable to return to your normal activities. Camouflage makeup can conceal the redness until the healing is complete.

What Is the Erbium Laser Used for?

In general, the Erbium laser is used for the following resurfacing treatments:

• Non-ablative (Fractional) Erbium is the most sophisticated way to put an array of small holes into the skin for a wide variety of purposes. The holes induce remodeling in scars and can be used to introduce helpful medications into the skin to speed healing times and aid in collagen stimulation. Fractional may be done as a series. The downtime is about 3 to 5 days.

• Ablative (Non-Fractional) Erbium provides full-field Erbium laser resurfacing. This option removes the entire epidermis and part of the dermis for more aggressive wrinkle reduction and skin tightening. Age-related brown spots and pigmentation from sun damage can also be addressed with this treatment. The Erbium laser is often compared to CO2, but Erbium is a much more sophisticated laser. Patients can wear makeup in 7 to 10 days. It takes a few to several weeks for the redness to resolve.

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Painful?

For the more superficial lasers, treatment is quick and virtually pain-free, although we apply a topical cream for enhanced comfort. For the lasers that target the deeper layers of your skin, a topical anesthetic or local anesthetic will be applied prior to your treatment session to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible during the treatment process.

What Is the Difference Between Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peel Results?

While chemical peels are often beneficial for creating a smoother skin texture, treating sun damage, and more, laser skin resurfacing is typically a better investment. This is especially the case for those with deep wrinkles, prominent dark spots, and scarring. Laser treatments penetrate further into the skin and create more dramatic changes in its structure, leading to better and longer-lasting results.

Can Laser Treatments Be Combined With Other Nonsurgical Treatments?

Combining laser skin resurfacing with other procedures is an excellent way to refine your results and complete your ideal look. Popular enhancements include:

BOTOX® Cosmetic Jeaveau® and Xeomin®: These injectables smooth away lines caused by repeated muscle movements or facial expressions over time.

Dermal fillers: Injectable fillers add volume below the skin to replace fullness lost during the aging process. They can restore or maintain your face’s youthful contours.

Forever Young IPL: Once you achieve your ideal results, regular sessions with this gentle light-based treatment will maintain your results and preserve your skin’s youthful look for as long as possible.

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