Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing is an anti-aging treatment which uses light technology to provide significant improvement in the appearance of acne scars, reverse sun damage, remove superficial wrinkles and fine lines, and improve skin tone and texture. The laser creates microscopic injuries to the top layer of skin which stimulates new collagen production, resulting in a smoother and more even skin texture. 

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours.

How long is the recovery process?

After staying in the recovery area for approximately 2 hours after the procedure, your designated responsible party will drive you home the same day where you will need to rest with as little activity as possible for 2-3 weeks, including housework and heavy lifting. You will need to keep your head elevated by sleeping on 2-3 pillows or even in a recliner for 1-2 weeks.

Avoid exercise or strenuous activity to prevent any perspiration from irritating the skin.

How long can I expect swelling, bruising or discomfort after the procedure​?

The surgical site will be sensitive, itchy and sore following surgery, and you can expect burning and stinging to last for a few days. Pain medication provided by the doctor will alleviate the discomfort.

Swelling will peak at 7-10 days, and be largely resolved by 2 months post-op. Things to help with swelling include:

  • Constant ice application for at least 3-4 days

  • Keeping the head elevated

  • Reducing activity levels

The skin will weep for 4-7 days until the new skin comes in. Keep all resurfaced areas coated with ointment (Aquaphor) to keep the lasered areas from getting crusty. The doctor will also provide you with an Epionce post-op kit specifically designed to treat post-laser skin. Redness can last for several weeks to a few months. 

When Can I Begin Wearing Makeup?

You may begin wearing makeup 7-10 days after the procedure.

When Can I Return to Work?

Patients can typically return to work 7-10 days after the surgery, possibly a day or two longer. 

Important Information about Sun Exposure

Avoid any sun exposure for 2 weeks. Unprotected sun exposure during the first 6 months can cause the skin to darken (hyperpigment). After the skin has completely healed it is incredibly important to wear a hat and SPF of 30 or greater. Absolutely no sunbathing during the first six months after your treatment.​​