Nowadays, the erbium laser is a technique that is performed more and more frequently in dermatology and aesthetic medicine centers, as they are highly effective procedures. However, post-treatment care is essential and crucial to achieving a good recovery and optimal results.
The purpose of this article is to provide the best recommendations when using the erbium laser. Read on to find out
The erbium laser works by superficially vaporizing the damaged skin cells. This action forces the deeper cells to grow stronger and healthier, migrating to the surface, therefore, fine wrinkles disappear and coarse wrinkles improve. In turn, it nourishes and smoothes the skin, combats the effects of skin aging, improves its texture, and evens out its tone. Generally, results can be perceived in two to three weeks.
However, good practice accompanied by good post-treatment care helps to reduce the risk of complications and to have a better degree of satisfaction.
What is the erbium laser?
It is an ablative laser with a high affinity for the water found in our tissues. It is capable of eliminating the most superficial layers of the skin with minimal adjacent thermal damage, which translates into a highly precise and safe treatment.
The high precision with which it acts on skin lesions allows treatments with little discomfort and exceptional aesthetic results. Its great versatility makes it an ideal way to eliminate nevus, warts, and seborrheic keratosis, and to correct acne marks, scars, stretch marks, or wrinkles.
It is also ideal for patients who begin to notice the appearance of spots and wrinkles. The erbium laser, according to its wavelength and high absorption, can stimulate the contraction and formation of new collagen.
This procedure can be performed not only on the face but also on the neck, hands, arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, décolleté, etc.
What can be treated with the erbium laser?
- Fine wrinkles.
- Actinic Keratosis.
- Facial Rejuvenation.
- Subtle cleansing of skin sun damage.
- Superficial skin lesions.
Recommendations before treatment
First off, a medical evaluation is required prior to the removal of any lesion on the skin, in addition to the following:
- Inform of any medication you may be taking on a regular or sporadic basis, especially photosensitizing medication.
- Let us know if you have any disease that may contraindicate the therapy. Patients may have a history of abnormal responses to light, such as polymorphic light eruption.
- The area to be treated must be clean, without applying any cream or cosmetic product, etc.
- An antibiotic cream should be used (formulated by the specialist in charge) to avoid infection since the lesion is open and exposed to any contamination. The treated region must be covered unless it is in the facial area, to avoid rubbing with clothing.
- After a few days, in some cases, scabs may appear, which should be moisturized according to the doctor's instructions. Avoid their removal as it will leave scars, they will fall on their own.
- Do not use exfoliating products for 4 weeks after the procedure.
- Avoid massages, facials, or body treatments until the doctor gives you the go-ahead.
- It is necessary to avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks, and apply strict sun protection for at least 3 months. This applies anywhere there is direct or indirect sun exposure.
- Avoid sauna, jacuzzi, and swimming pool during the first month or at least until the scab has fallen off, it protects the skin from any infection.
- We recommended avoiding smoking, as it interferes with the benefits and results of the treatment.
- It is vital to keep your skin hydrated after any laser resurfacing treatment. To be on the safe side, your doctor will tell you which products to use and which to avoid, so that they do not affect the effectiveness of the laser.
- A simple way to reduce redness after laser treatment is to apply cold compresses to the treated area. Remember not to use products, lotions, or rub your skin while doing so.
- Avoid wearing makeup for at least five days after your laser treatment. If you don't want to give up makeup, we recommend using new (sealed) makeup to decrease the risk of developing an infection.
Once your skin has healed, and your specialist allows it, mineral makeup can be applied as it is gentle on the skin after laser treatment.
Remember, for optimal results, follow the indications given by our expert who will perform the procedure to the letter.
Give your skin a radiant, healthy appearance today! Book your erbium laser skin resurfacing at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery at (772) 337-1717. We look forward to seeing you!
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