Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium Laser Resurfacing

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Specialist Laser Resurfacing Clinic Perth

AKA   Sciton Laser, Sciton Profractional Laser, Contour TRL, Laser Resurfacing

Great For   Sun damage, Pigmentation, Lines and Wrinkles, Skin Tightening, Acne Scarring, Ageing Concerns

Areas Treated   Face, neck, chest (décolletage), cheeks, forehead, around eyes (crows' feet), around mouth (smokers' lines), hands

Down Time   7-14 days, with pinkness persisting for several weeks

Results Duration   Permanent. Results vary from person to person

What is Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

Laser Resurfacing is a treatment to reduce lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, uneven pigmentation, acne scarring and other scarring. It is ideal for the face, neck, chest and hands, and restores healthy, younger-looking skin in just one or two treatments.

Before and after erbium laser resurfacing*

Before Laser Resurfacing  After laser resurfacing

Before Erbium Laser Resurfacing  After Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Acne scarring before erbium laser resurfacing  acne scarring after erbium laser resurfacing

*Individual results may vary

How does Laser Resurfacing work?

The Erbium Laser works in several ways to reduce scarring and reverse the signs of ageing: on the surface of the skin old epidermal cells are destroyed, removing superficial pigmentation.  As the laser penetrates the dermis, microscopic channels are made, shrinking excess skin and boosting collagen production in the deep layers of your skin, plumping the skin from the inside out. This results in: 
  • Tightening of excess skin
  • Softening of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smoothing of raised and depressed scarring
  • Removal of age and sun spots
  • New collagen production 

How many Erbium treatments will I need?

For fine lines and light-to-moderate sun damage, excellent results will usually be seen after one treatment. For more advanced sun-damage or ageing, or for acne scarring or other scarring, two or more treatments are recommended.

What does the Erbium Laser treatment involve?

Before the treatment a local anaesthetic cream will be applied to the skin and left for approximately 90 minutes. Oral analgesics and local anaesthetic injections will also be used as appropriate.  As the laser is passed over your skin, you will feel a warm to hot prickly sensation. Treatment time for a full face is approximately 40 minutes.  

What can I expect after the Erbium Laser resurfacing?

Immediately after the treatment, the area will be cleaned and cooled and a soothing balm will be applied. You will have a burning sensation similar to sunburn for several hours. Your skin will also feel tight, but in most cases there will be little pain.  There will be some mild swelling and sometimes pin-point bleeding, which will dry overnight.  Your skin may show a fine pin-point pattern as a result of the fractional laser beams. 

For up to a week after the treatment you will see notable redness and moderate swelling, as well as a prominent dry scale/crust on the skin surface. Vaseline should be applied to the face at this time to keep it moist and provide a protective barrier.  Peeling will occur after 4-6 days. While the redness will improve markedly from this time, some pinkness can persist for several weeks. This is easily covered with mineral makeup.

Significant improvement in the tone and texture of the skin will be apparent 2-3 weeks after treatment, with collagen stimulation continuing for 3 months.

The week after your Erbium Laser resurfacing.

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Day 3 After Erbium Laser ResurfacingDay 4 After Erbium Laser ResurfacingDay 5 After Erbium Laser Resurfacing1 Week After Erbium Laser Resurfacing
4 Weeks After Erbium Laser ResurfacingBefore and After Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Warning: This is a strong treatment and looks terrible for the first 3-4 days, then rapidly improves.

Erbium Laser Resurfacing After Care 

We'll take good care of you...

As you can see from the images above, there is significant down time after an Erbium Resurfacing Laser, but don't worry - our lovely team will take good care of you through the recovery process. 

After your treatment we will give you a take-home kit with everything you need to care for your skin in the weeks that follow your Laser Treatment. We also provide a week's supply of anti-viral medication at no charge. This is to prevent an outbreak of cold sores which, if it occurs, can be severe after Laser Resurfacing.  

We like to keep a close eye on you after your treatment, and encourage clients to come in 3-4 times (or daily if desired) in the week following your Erbium Laser so our nurses can examine your skin and make sure you are healing well. During these visits we also offer complimentary Dimalux LED light therapy, which helps to speed up healing and reduce redness.

How much does Erbium Laser Resurfacing Cost?

The price for Erbium Laser Resurfacing depends on the area treated. 

See our Erbium Laser Price List.

Payment Plans

Finance is available for all of our treatments through MAC Credit. Finance can also be used to cover travel expenses and accommodation for country clients. 

Are there any side effects from Erbium Laser Resurfacing?

In general, Erbium Laser resurfacing is very safe, though some side-effects can occur:

  • Redness will be seen in the week after treatment and this can persist for some weeks afterwards.
  • Oozing and crusting is expected for the first 3 - 5 days after a resurfacing treatment. We will give you all you need to care for your skin after the treatment
  •  Cold sore outbreaks can occur – antiviral medication will be provided to prevent this
  • Temporary increase in pigmentation can occasionally occur, and is more likely in darker skin types
  • Mild acne outbreaks can occur in susceptible individuals.
  • Blisters are very rare but can occasionally occur. These are temporary. 
  • Bacterial or fungal infections are rare but are possible with any deep laser treatments
  • Loss of pigment or scarring is very rare.

Want to know what an Erbium Laser Resurfacing is really like? Read our Erbium Blog.

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