Erbium YAG Laser Resurfacing : Say hello to your new skin !
October 29, 2017
Feel frustrated about the enlarged pore size with acne scars ?
Less confident on your bare skin ?
If your answer is yes, don't worry, you are not alone !
Er:YAG laser resurfacing is there to solve your problem !
What is Er:YAG laser resurfacing? Laser resurfacing is a process where the upper layers of aged or damaged skin are vaporized by applying a controlled laser beam ( Er:YAG laser ) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, to improve the overall texture of the skin, to minimize pores and blemishes.
How does it work ?
Laser pulses target the surface layer of the skin, vaporizing water and the skin's surface without affecting deeper layers. A new surface layer will then grow back, creating a layer that is soft, wrinkle-free, and younger looking. The heat generated during the process also helps to shorten the collagen fibers in the skin, which restores some of its elasticity.
Who suits the treatment ?
Those who complaint of :
Dark color under eyes
Brown spots and splotchy, uneven skin color
How long is the procedure ? It usually takes around 1 to 2.5 hours, depending on area treated.
Can laser be done on all skin types ?
Yes. However, careful patient's selection must be done and skin analysis should be done.
Am I suitable for the procedure ? 35-60 is the ideal age for this procedure. However, always talk to the doctor before moving on any treatments.
What are the benefits of laser skin resurfacing?
No surgery is required, hence faster healing
Provides consistent results
Younger and healthier skin
Minimize fine lines ( Very good result in areas around the eyes or mouth )
Is there any side effect ? The side effect is very minimal such as mild redness or swelling. Otherwise, it is almost nil if done by experienced surgeon. However in patients with darker skin tone, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur during the healing phase. If the laser used is very deep, it can produce permanent scars.
Any hospitalisation needed ?
It depends on the extent of the procedure. A mild treatment usually requires only topical anaesthesia ( numb cream ) and no need of hospitalisation. However, a more advanced treatment might require hospitalisation as the patient has to lie very still throughout the procedure and so general anaesthesia is required. Always talk to your doctor because your doctor should be the one that provide valid suggestions.
Is the result permanent ?
Sadly to say, the result is not permanent. However, it lasts around 2-6 years. Hence, maintenance treatment is needed for optimal result.
What is the downtime required? The face will look slightly red and a bit raw, this takes 2-3 weeks followed by 3-5 weeks of repigmentation.
Any precautions before treatment ?
For patients who desire periorbital laser treatment (around the eyes), eye examination should be done. In addition, the presence of skin disorders should be noted. Other than that, patient's herpes simplex virus history is crucial as the laser skin resurfacing can lead to reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus infection or predispose the patient to a primary herpes infection before the skin surface has healed. Hence, prophylactic antiviral medication such as acyclovir is recommended during the postoperative period regardless of patient's herpes simplex virus history.
Any precautions after procedures ? Avoid swimming as chlorine is not good for healing skin. Other than that, a big NO to direct sun exposure. You should always use umbrellas and hats for the first 2 weeks. If you do go out in the sun, we advise you wear a strong sun block at all times.
Can I have a combination of laser resurfacing with other procedures ? Yes, of course ! Most skin resurfacing can be and often are combined with other procedures to achieve both sagging and skin surface irregularities. If surgeries are combined, usually only the area around the eyes or mouth is treated. However, always talk to the doctor regarding your concern as the doctor will advise you accordingly.
How is the price ?
A registered medical aesthetic clinic usually offers a price of RM1500 or above per session.