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Erbium Laser Resurfacing Reviews
Fractional treatment: Erbium and CO2 are very different. Which treatment did you have and why? I hope you are not on Isotretinoin while you got an ablative treatment; otherwise, it would potentially be disastrous. It should not take more than 3 weeks to complete re-epithelialization after a fractional treatment. ...Read more
Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives ...Read more
In how many sessions does erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy show visible results on scars?
That's a really hard: Question. It really depends on the scars (size, thickness, cause, duration). You should speak with the laser surgeon performing the procedure. Make sure they are a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. And Erbium lasers should only be performed by MD! ...Read more
Is erbium fractional resurfacing laser therapy ok if my girl uses accutane? She's on Accutane 20mgtwice a day and also is going through this procedure
Probably but....: This is an unusual question that should be answered by the physician performing the laser procedure. You should make sure he/she knows everything your daughter is taking. I would also recommend checking with the doctor/dermatologist prescribing her accutane. Accutane is a vitamin A derivative and can have many side effects including skin redness and irritation maybe worsened by laser surgery. ...Read more
Yes but be careful: It helps to remove pigment but there are many side-effects that an experienced doctor needs to warn you about. It causes increased sensitivity to the sun so if you're not careful about sun protection afterwards you can actually get worse pigmentation in the long run. Noninvasive lasers may be a safer bet especially for ethnic skin because they do not have as many side-effects. ...Read more
Numerous: Laser resurfacing has made some major advances in the last few years. Fractional laser resurfacing with a co2 or erbium laser can effectively reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce pore size, remove pigmented spots, improve skin texture and even tighten loose skin. The fractional technology has reduced the down time to about a week. ...Read more
Several thousand: Cost depends on the type of laser used, skill and experience level of the doctor, and geographic location. Experience is the most important criteria in your search. If you call around your area and find that most doctors are charging within a certain range but one doctor is much lower, I would be very leery. Laser resurfacing requires a lot of skill and experience to perform well--do not go cheap! ...Read more
Skin Stimulating: Laser resurfacing can be used to help reducing fine lines/wrinkles as well as minor blemishes and acne scaring. It is accomplished mainly in two ways... The first way is by removing thin layers of superficial skin. The other way is by stimulating collagen growth and production which is helpful in areas of fine lines and wrinkles. ...Read more
Follow instructions: Your doctor will tell you exactly which products you need to use after the procedure and how often to apply them. Avoid picking and touching your face. Do not stare in the mirror and scratch. Avoid alchol, wine, beer, liquor, vit e, fish oil, aspirin, blood thinners, ibuprofen, naprosyn, (naproxen) and steroids since they cause bruising and bleeding. Avoid the sun, outdoors, wear sunblock, & use a hat. ...Read more
Laser resufacing: Laser resurfacing removes the outer layers of the skin leaving the dermis behind. We use the erbium laser more than the co2 laser. We found the co2 laser may change the color of the skin making it lighter with a line of demarkationbetween treated and untreated skin. ...Read more
Laser Skin Resurface:
Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities.
If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives can give better results. ...Read more
Probably, but...: Unfortunately, many doctors are performing procedures for which they are not adequately trained. These are almost always cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance that require payment in advance. Your best bet is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience in laser treatment and the ability to handle any complications. ...Read more
Indications to treat:
You are a candidate for laser resurfacing if you have fine lines, deep wrinkles, uneven skin texture, significant sun damage with actinic keratoses and uneven skin discoloration, acne scarring. It is also beneficial for the improvement of burn and surgical scars.
Your skin color, medical history, lifestyle are also taken into consideration in recommending the procedure. ...Read more
Depth of treatment: There are several types of chemical peels (some deeper than others) and laser peels/resurfacing. They both are removing the top layers of skin. The deeper you peel the more effective at removing pigment, fine lines, and some tightening. The downside is that the deeper peels take longer to heal and have more downtime. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Varies by doctor: The offer of a free consultation fee will vary by surgeon and procedure. ...Read more
What is the best laser resurfacing tx for very sensitive skin? And who should perform the procedure?
Derm: See a board-certified dermatologist. Laser resurfacing treatment probably should not be done on very sensitive skin. Talk to the dermatologist about options. ...Read more
Wrong choice: Laser resurfacing fixes acne scars, not acne. For acne scars, it can work great. It usually takes more than one treatment, and it takes time to see the results, but it works well. Other lasers and ipl devices can be used to treat acne. The procedures are not the same or even similar. If somebody tells you that a single treatment will do both, run away. ...Read more
Fractional CO2: Ice pick scars are notoriously resistant to treatment. Co2 laser or fractional co2 with deepfx seems to work the best. ...Read more
IPL vs. Topicals: At times, a gentle ipl treatment can help to expedite the resolution of post treatment redness and blend any areas of hyperpigmentation. I would combine this with topical therapy with hydroquinone +/- Retin-A or other available herbal skin lighteners. There are a variety of mineral based make-ups that can serve as cover-up in the short term as well. ...Read more
Effective, yes. But: Laser resurfacing can cause lightening and a mottled colored pattern creating light and dark areas and not a smooth colored pattern. This especially true in dark skinned people. Be careful. ...Read more
May be risky: This may be risky and result in an increased rate of variable pigmentation. ...Read more
Yes: Laser resurfacing can help, I especially like fraxel for this type of problem. You will need several treatments and I would recommend using plasma at the same time. ...Read more
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