What is ‘light’ laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is the use of light energy to selectively remove a fraction of your skin’s surface, forcing your body to produce new skin tissue. It also penetrates in the deeper dermis layer of your skin to stimulate collagen production that tightens and plumps your skin as it heals. The end result is smoother, firmer, clearer skin for an overall more youthful appearance.
Light is our term for resurfacing that delivers less energy to the skin, causing less ‘damage’. The trade off is slightly reduced results for a much shorter downtime.
Is there any downtime?
Social downtime (when you won’t want to leave the house) can stretch anywhere from 2 to 7 days. Expect intensely red skin that feels warm for a day or two after treatment. You’ll also may experience dry, peeling patches and roughness for up to seven days. You can return to using makeup and cover any lingering redness after two to three days.
When will I see results?
You’ll begin to see results after the recovery period, typically around 1 to 2 weeks, with results continuing to improve and reaching full effect at around 3 months. For the absolute best outcome, we recommend a series of 3.
How long will results last?
Results from erbium laser skin resurfacing are permanent! However, we can’t stop the aging process so maintenance treatments are crucial to maintaining your results.
Does it hurt?
Topical numbing cream is applied for treatments to keep you comfortable. We also provide nitrous oxide, an analgesic sometimes called happy gas, during your treatment. At most you should feel a mild warmth.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects include redness, swelling, flaking and peeling. A mild burning and / or itching sensation for a few days following treatment is common. Hyper or hypopigmentation is possible on some skin types.
Can I get an Erbium treatment if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Erbium laser skin resurfacing is not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.