Fractionated Erbium:YAG Laser
Ablative Laser Technology
The Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser achieves excellent resurfacing results with minimal recovery time. It is a fractional ablative laser that is able to effectively treat wrinkles, skin laxity, and pigmentation in patients of all skin types. Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser is the gold standard treatment for acne and surgical scars.
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What is the Fractionated Erbium:YAG Laser?
The Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser creates thousands of microscopic channels in the skin. This stimulates the production of new collagen, smoothing out wrinkles and resulting in firmer, more youthful skin. The depth of the laser energy can be adjusted to treat your specific skin concern.
Early ablative lasers removed the entire surface of the skin, resulting in healing times of several weeks. The Fractionated ablative Erbium:YAG laser treats narrow columns of the skin, allowing rapid healing from the intact surrounding skin within just a few days.
Who is Fractionated Erbium:YAG For?
In general, Fractionated Erbium:YAG therapy might be the best option for you if:
- You are interested in achieving optimal results and willing to allow for 4-5 days of recovery time.
- You have fine lines and wrinkles you’d like to diminish.
- You'd like to reduce sunspots and the appearance of pores.
- You want to reduce the appearance of acne or surgical scars.
- You'd like to improve the texture of your skin.
How Does Fractionated Erbium:YAG Work?
The Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser creates microscopic “channels” in your skin. This triggers the wound healing response and stimulates fibroblast activity, which in turn leads to the production of new collagen and elastin. As we age, we lose about 1% of the collagen in our skin per year. Stimulation of new collagen production is the key to reversing the signs of skin aging.
Results can be seen within a few weeks of your treatment. The quality of your skin will continue to gradually improve for 6 months following your treatment as new collagen and elastin are produced.
Our Comprehensive Approach to Fractionated Erbium:YAG Laser Therapy
Once your consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists is complete, your Fractionated Erbium:YAG session will be scheduled. For most patients, these sessions will last somewhere between 60-90 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated.
Prior to your treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied for 45-60 minutes. Most patients are able to tolerate the treatment with topical numbing, cooling, and Tylenol and/or Advil, but more aggressive pain management may be used.
A computer-guided scanning system ensures that the Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser treatment is evenly applied over the surface of your skin.
After your Fractionated Erbium:YAG treatment, most patients experience a “sunburn”-like sensation. There is often redness and some pinpoint bleeding. Your dermatologist will have specific recovery instructions for you, including strict avoidance of sun exposure.
The recovery time for this procedure is 3-7 days with improvement in the appearance of wrinkles, scars and sun damage gradually occurring over 6 months post-treatment. A series of at least 3 treatments is recommended.
Fractionated Erbium:YAG FAQ
Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser is an ablative laser that creates columns of micro thermal zones in the skin. This removes damaged tissue and initiates collagen production to resolve a number of complexion issues, including fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, discolouration and scarring.
It can take about 3-5 days for the skin to heal. Results can be seen a few weeks after treatment, and gradually improve over 6 months.
The Fraxel laser and Fractionated Erbium:YAG laser are manufactured by two different companies. While both deliver fractionated thermal energy to the skin, Fraxel is a CO2 laser while Fractionated Erbium:YAG is an erbium:YAG laser. Fractionated Erbium:YAG also penetrates the skin at a deeper layer than Fraxel, therefore it can resolve more severe complexion issues.
Fractionated Erbium:YAG has been extensively studied and researched to prove its safety. The technology has been proven to be effective in resolving a variety of skin issues and is suitable for all skin types and shades.
This ablative laser creates thousands of microscopic channels in the skin, stimulating the body's natural healing response. Collagen production increases for several months following your treatment, smoothing out wrinkles and producing firmer, more youthful skin.
Fractionated Erbium:YAG therapy produces long-lasting results. However, ongoing aging and sun exposure mean that additional treatments will be necessary to maintain your results.
Fractionated Erbium:YAG can treat the following issues:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- enlarged pores
- uneven skin tone
- sun damage
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