Erbium laser for skin treatments uses a new technology, successfully treating acne scars, enlarged pores, melasma, and rejuvenating the skin. Erbum:Yag, like CO2, is a fractional laser, but there are certain advantages that make it efficient for different indications.
One of the main advantages of this treatment is a short recovery period, making it possible for patients to return quickly to their daily activities. Sun protection after Erbium laser treatment must be used for a month only, and after CO2 laser for two months. Erbium laser is also less invasive and allows for high precision causing minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.
Advantages of Erbium Laser
Erbium:YAG laser is used for skin ablation, emits light with a wavelength of 2940 nm, while CO2 has a greater wavelength of as much as 10600 nm. The laser’s unique wavelength provides instant ablation, with minimal heating and damage to the surrounding skin. Thermal damage is the most important difference between Erbium laser treatment and CO2 laser treatment. Also, with Erbium lasers, it is possible to determine the depth of the treatment, that is, the intensity of ablation – from deep to quite mild. That’s why this laser also performs light dermabrasion, i.e. the so-called “Hollywood peel”, with minimal skin damage and rejuvenated facial appearance.
Erbium laser generates less heat on the skin so the treatments are also less painful than CO2 laser treatments. When treating small areas, anaesthesia is not necessary at all. However, it is recommended for sensitive areas such as eyelids, neck or hands.
After treatment with Erbium laser, there are also lower risks of hyperpigmentation development. Studies have shown that hypopigmentation also occurs less frequently (compared to CO2 laser treatments).
Although the laser beam in this treatment does not penetrate as deeply as in CO2 lasers, the results can be compared. Erbium laser therefore provides impressive results with minimal or even no risks and high flexibility.
Erbium laser – Treatments
Erbium laser is used in various indications, the most frequent being: