The fractionated Erbium laser is a very high precision device and aims to regenerate the surface of the skin. It is a treatment of choice for rejuvenating the skin, reducing wrinkles as well as reducing scars and pigment spots or stretch marks.
Instead of abrading the entire treated skin surface, this partial ablative laser will create microscopic wells, leaving intact skin between each well. By healing, these wells will close and lead to skin resurfacing (renewal of the epidermis, stimulation of collagen).
Compared to conventional abrasion lasers, the interest is to gradually achieve an equivalent result in several sessions. But in this case, the consequences of each session (lighter) can be much less bothersome (a few days of redness, instead of a week of oozing and dressings).
The erbium laser is recommended for:
Regarding the face, the treatment can be done on the entire face or only on certain areas (sun wrinkles of the upper lip, lower eyelids, crow’s feet, etc., …)
It is aimed at both women and men with the aim of rejuvenating the skin, reducing wrinkles, scars and alterations in the skin’s appearance. It can also have a concomitant action on pigment spots.
An initial consultation is necessary to discuss treatment.
Tanning is not recommended and must be reported to the practitioner before treatment.
Depending on the depth of treatment needed, you may be prescribed a numbing cream.
In case of a history of herpes, preventive treatment is essential
Wearing goggles or goggles during the session is mandatory.
The application of the laser is done by scanning the area to be treated. Depending on your sensitivity, the session can be performed under local anesthesia: contact anesthesia (cream) is sufficient.
The session lasts 10 to 60 minutes depending on the area to be treated.
Immediately after the session, the treated area is marked by redness, as well as a feeling of warmth which may also be accompanied by temporary edema (which generally disappears within 24 to 48 hours) and/or small crusts.
Make-up of the area, and shaving for men, can be considered the next day. As a result, social eviction is very short and you can resume your activities quickly.
A greasy cream will be prescribed for you and should be applied regularly for the first few days.
Sunscreen should be applied for 2 weeks after treatment.
True complications are rare following fractional ablative treatment. In practice, the vast majority of these treatments take place without any problem and the patients are fully satisfied with their results.
However, and despite their rarity, the main risks are:
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” resurfacing ” requires between 1 to 3 sessions, for a long-term result, ranging from three to five years, depending on the quality of the skin.