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Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and sun damage can take their toll on your skin, making you look older than your years. To combat these changes, many people choose laser skin resurfacing. In Albany, NY, The Plastic Surgery Group offers laser skin resurfacing with an erbium laser for women and men who want a gentler, more comfortable option that requires less downtime.

If you're interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing, visit Spa One at The Plastic Surgery Group. Request a free cosmetic consultation using our online form, or call, (518) 944-2096 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained professionals.

Quick Facts

  • Treatment time: Varies; on average, 30 to 45 minutes
  • Discomfort level: Mild to moderate; topical anesthetic is used
  • Number of treatments: Varies; significant benefits after one treatment, but a series of treatments may be recommended based on individual needs and goals
  • Recovery: Varies, depending on the depth and area treated, but generally, 3 to 4 days of redness, tingling and itchy skin similar to a sunburn
  • Duration of results: long-term, but treatment doesn't stop the natural aging process; regular use of a sunscreen will prolong the results

Answers to Your Questions

How does it work?

Erbium laser resurfacing differs from carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing—it's gentler and has a faster healing time. The precision of the laser allows the doctor to have complete control and to treat each area as deeply as needed. The energy emitted from the laser is absorbed by the water in the selected tissue. Once the water is absorbed, the tissue is vaporized, causing a controlled injury. The body's natural healing mechanism kicks in and stimulates collagen production and cell turnover. New skin cells produce skin with improved tone, texture, and appearance.

Who performs the procedure?

Erbium laser resurfacing is performed by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, in the main office adjacent to Spa One.

Will it work for me?

Erbium laser resurfacing is an excellent choice for individuals who want to reduce wrinkles, scars, age spots, or sun damage on the face, neck, chest, or hands.

Does it hurt?

A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin prior to treatment. Some patients feel mild discomfort, but most report that the discomfort is tolerable. After the procedure, you may feel a sensation similar to the discomfort of mild sunburn; skin will be red and may itch or tingle. Any discomfort can be minimized with ibuprofen and ice packs.

How long does it take?

The length of time varies depending on the depth and size of the area treated. Generally, the procedure can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients see significant benefits after one treatment, but your provider may recommend a series of treatments depending on your individual needs and goals.

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