Erbium YAG Laser
Recently, Erbium lasers have been developed which are safer and minimize patient downtime and recovery from skin rejuvenation. Erbium lasers were first used in the 1990s in dental procedures and then later for cosmetic treatments. Today, the devices are a very useful tool in the growing field of laser skin resurfacing. The Erbium laser uses the chemical element erbium to generate energy (hence the name) and fires infrared light onto your skin in short bursts. Erbium: YAG lasers emit extremely short pulses of infrared energy (2940nm). Tissue studies show that these lasers remove very precise thin layers of skin or tissue with each pass (pulse). In effect, an Erbium laser behaves similar to a Dermabrasion device with significantly more control in the removal of skin layers. The Erbium laser results in a narrower area of heating of adjacent tissues than with other laser skin resurfacing methods and this results in a more focused removal of old skin cells layers.
Erbium laser procedures are most commonly performed on the face, but the laser can also be used on the neck, arms, and hands. The Erbium laser is the latest advance for the treatment of aging and sun-damaged skin.Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a procedure specifically designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face. The laser is ideal for treating age spots, acne scars, mole removal, tattoo removal, rhinophyma, and other such skin conditions.
The Erbium laser produces less heating or burning of surrounding tissues than other lasers used for resurfacing. This allows Dr. Russon to gently and comfortably vaporize the damaged skin cells layer by layer. In the Erbium Laser Resurfacing procedure a small area of the skins surface is heated with the cool Erbium laser which in turn vaporizes superficial damaged skin cells and resulting in the thickening of the skins collagen. Studies have shown that the Erbium laser stimulates the production of collagen underneath your epidermis, which fills in wrinkles while getting rid of dead skin at the same time. The Erbium laser provides a method of skin resurfacing that utilizes the cool light of the Erbium laser and this technique results in less post-procedure redness, swelling, and a greater turn around in healing time than with other laser skin resurfacing methods. All of this culminates in the Erbium laser being a more accurate and less painful method of restoring your skin to its more youthful appearance.