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Ablative Laser Resurfacing

The Aerolase ERA ablative laser treatment is a cosmetic procedure used for skin rejuvenation and addressing various skin concerns.  It helps to improve the skin's appearance or treat minor facial flaws.

The ablative laser is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and tighter. We use the Aerolase ERA erbium laser.  This treatment requires about 4-7 days of healing time.  But the results are amazing.

Laser resurfacing can decrease the appearance of fine lines in the face. It can also treat loss of skin tone and improve your complexion if you have scars or sun damage.  Laser resurfacing cannot eliminate excessive or sagging skin. 

Procedure Description: The Aerolase ERA ablative laser treatment uses a high-energy laser to precisely target and remove the outer layers of damaged skin. This helps to stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin texture.

Indications: The treatment is commonly used for skin resurfacing, wrinkle reduction, scar revision, and improving overall skin tone and texture.

Contraindications: Patients with active skin infections, open wounds, sunburned skin, or a history of keloid scarring may not be suitable candidates for this procedure. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also avoid this treatment.

Side Effects: Possible side effects may include redness, swelling, temporary pigmentation changes, itching, and mild discomfort. In rare cases, there may be a risk of infection or scarring.

During Treatment: The treatment area is typically numbed with a topical anesthetic cream to minimize discomfort. The laser is then applied to the skin, delivering controlled energy pulses to the targeted areas. Protective eyewear is worn by both the patient and the practitioner.

Pain Control: The procedure is generally well-tolerated, and pain control measures such as numbing cream are often sufficient. However, individual pain tolerance may vary, and some patients may opt for additional pain management options, which can be discussed with the treating provider.

Duration: The duration of each treatment session can vary depending on the size of the treatment area and the specific concerns being addressed. It typically ranges from 15 to 60 minutes.

Recovery Time: The recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the depth of treatment. Generally, there is some downtime involved, with initial redness and swelling that may last for a few days to a couple of weeks. The skin may also appear dry and flaky during the healing process.

Number of Sessions: The number of treatment sessions required depends on the specific concerns being addressed and the desired outcome. 

Expected Results: Following the treatment series, patients can expect improvements in skin tone, texture, and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and scars. The results are gradual and continue to improve over time as collagen production is stimulated.

Post-Treatment Instructions: It's important to follow post-treatment instructions provided by your physician, which may include avoiding direct sun exposure, using gentle skincare products, and keeping the treated area moisturized. Sunscreen application is particularly crucial to protect the newly treated skin.

Cost: The cost of Aerolase ERA ablative laser treatment can vary depending on factors such as the treatment area, location, and the number of sessions required.

 

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