Micro Laser Peel
MICRO LASER PEEL
The micro laser peel is performed with the Erbium YAG laser. The Erbium YAG uses a 2940nm wavelength for skin resurfacing. The Erbium YAG is fully ablative and customizable, having the ability to resurface skin from 10-100 microns.
What is unique about Erbium?
Because water is such a critical component in the epidermal and dermal tissue, the 2940nm wavelength produced by Erbium YAG lasers is capable of rapidly vaporizing water residing in the skin. This unique wavelength delivers almost instant skin ablation while limiting heat damage in the surrounding area. Unlike CO2, Erbium is more superficial skin resurfacing tool for polishing the skin. The ErbiumYAG laser is capable of achieving superior resurfacing results, while offering many advantages to the patient, e.g., reduced anesthetic requirements, shorter healing time, reduced erythema, less risk of pigmentary change, and more flexibility for facial skin resurfacing.
What are some indications for the Micro Laser Peel?
Erbium YAG lasers have been used for laser resurfacing of skin. Examples uses include treating acne scarring, rhytids (wrinkles), skin texture, and melasma. A Micro Laser Peel can be very successful at reducing or eliminating these conditions, and in fact, it is the best way to address the problematic lines that occur around the mouth and eyes.
What does it do?
Erbium YAG laser skin resurfacing is an effective technique for minimally invasive and effective management of many cutaneous conditions and lesions. It’s main indications include treatment of photoaging, wrinkles, and solitary benign skin lesions.
How does the Erbium YAG laser differ from other laser treatments?
Unlike a CO2 laser, an erbiumYAG is a gentler approach to the skin, hence why it is named the “micro laser peel”. The Erbium YAG is usually a more superficial treatment than a CO2 laser and will help treat fine lines, some hyperpigmentation (brown/ sun spots), and mild scarring.
What to expect?
Topical numbing cream is typically applied to help mitigate any discomfort. Mild erythema (redness) can last a few hours up to a few days depending on the severity of the treatment. Mild sunburn sensation that may include some mild discomfort may persist for up to 24-48 hours. Patients may use ice to soothe areas of discomfort. A few days after mild peeling of the skin will begin, do not pick. ALASTIN SKIN NECTAR is highly recommended to use before and especially after these treatments to help with the healing process. This is available in the office for purchase.
How does it feel?
The Erbium YAG laser provides a safer, more accurate and less painful method of restoring a softer, smoother, more youthful appearing skin. Patients can have their procedure performed in the office and be home that same day.
Cannot be performed on tanned skin, please stay out of the sun. Avoid direct sun exposure to the sun/ tanning beds 4 weeks prior to treatment. Wear a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or greater. Please let practitioner know if you have a history of cold sores or fever blisters.
Clean the skin with a gentle cleanser and apply Alastin Skin NECTAR twice a day while healing. You can also apply Alastin Soothe + Protect Recovery Balm in between if dryness, blistering or swelling occurs. You may also be a little temperature sensitive. Avoid exfoliants, scrubbing, chlorine, hot tubs, and swimming pools while healing.
Will I need to take time off after treatments?
Recovery time will vary depending on your treatment. Skin should start sloughing off 2-3 days after the treatment. A rosy glow can remain for several weeks. Makeup should be applied to minimize redness. Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup is recommended, and for purchase in the office. Generally, 2-3 days off should be sufficient, 3-5 days for more aggressive treatments. This is a perfect Friday after work treatment.
When will I see results? How long do they last?
The top layer of the skin will re-grow and can be covered with makeup within about 1 week, at which time you will see noticeable improvements in your skin’s texture, tone, and wrinkle appearance. Deeper laser treatments also stimulate the growth of new collagen over the next 4-6 months.
How many treatments will I need?
Number of treatments vary depending on desired results. Recommended 1-3 sessions, treatment once per month.
Can I exercise?
Use a soft cloth and soft towel to avoid any scrubbing. When showering, avoid getting shampoo directly on the treated area. Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating until after the skin has healed.
Are there any side effects?
Mild complications of ErbiumYAG laser resurfacing include milia, acne exacerbation, contact dermatitis, or perioral dermatitis. Moderate complications include prolonged erythema, transient post-treatment hyperpigmentation, and delayed hypopigmentation.
HOW MUCH IS THE PROCEDURE?
It depends on the area being treated, for reference, the face is $600
Who is a good candidate?
Patients with realistic expectations and mild to moderate skin conditions. If you have fine lines or wrinkles around your eyes and mouth or on your forehead, shallow scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift, then you may be a good candidate for ErbiumYAG laser resurfacing.