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Isn’t it about the time you gave yourself a makeover and improved your fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and skin irregularities?

An Erbium Laser treatment is a resurfacing procedure that can reduce facial wrinkles, take care of acne scars or blemishes, and provide smoother and more youthful-looking skin.

What is Erbium Laser?

FDA approved, Erbium laser treatment can help remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face, hands, chest, or neck as well as address and resolve acne scars, moles, pigmentation issues, and sun damage. An erbium laser can be ablative or non-ablative, meaning it can either remove the top layer of your skin (ablative) or heat up the underlying skin tissue to help produce new collagen (non-ablative). It can help remove surface-level and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face, hands, chest, or neck with minimal burning of the surrounding tissue as well as address and resolve acne scars, moles, pigmentation issues, and sun damage.

An ablative erbium laser treatment removes the top layers of your skin to allow your skin cells to rejuvenate and enhance your skin. It can help develop new collagen that results in new skin covering and giving the surface of your skin a smoother and more uniform texture. The resulting collagen production helps smooth and tighten your skin.

Erbium laser resurfacing is an excellent option for many people, especially for those with darker skin tones. It is performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthetic or mild sedative meaning you will be awake. You may feel drowsy and experience numbness in the treatment area. Recovery is usually faster and has fewer side effects than other lasers, including carbon dioxide (CO2 laser).

Erbium Laser can treat Skin Disorders

Here are the top 10 skin conditions that can benefit from an erbium laser treatment:

  1. Acne scars
  2. Age spots
  3. Benign skin growth 
  4. Facial wrinkles, mild to moderate
  5. Herpes simplex or smallpox scars
  6. Sun-damaged skin
  7. Superficial non-melanoma skin cancers 
  8. Uneven pigments like freckles and melasma
  9. Vascular birthmarks (capillary vascular malformations)
  10. Wrinkles (different areas of the body)
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Caring Environment: Setting the Standard for Cosmetic Excellence

Dr. Workman is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has an extensive safety record, having performed more than 400 procedures last year. He cares about his patients and takes the time to discuss the best options for your individual needs. Dr. Workman has created a comfortable environment for your procedure and ensures the best results.

Since 1993, Dr. Workman and his skilled and caring staff have been providing some of the finest erbium laser treatments in Vancouver with exceptional results. You can expect compassion and confidential care with a customized procedure to fulfill your specific needs.

At The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, you receive the highest quality and most comprehensive aesthetic care with unparalleled results. Call us today to improve your skin condition and enhance your appearance.

Recovery from Erbium Laser Treatment

Everyone recovers differently and depends on the location of the treatment. Ablative lasers can take up to three weeks to heal properly. You can expect some tenderness in your treated area for a few days and for your skin to be sensitive and red or pink for several weeks. Any redness can be expected to disappear within six months. 

After a few days, your skin will become dry and peel off. There may be some itchiness or stinging feeling consequently. You can apply an ice pack for pain relief, especially in the first 48 hours. Vancouver Erbium laster treatment patients will need to start cleaning their treated area a few times each day, starting the day after the procedure. To prevent scabs from forming, you should apply an ointment. It is important to keep your skin moisturized while it heals, which can take up to three weeks. You may start using glycolic acid or Retin A after about six weeks.

During your recovery, you can keep swelling down by modifying certain activities, especially strenuous exercises and activities, and keeping your head elevated when sleeping at night. Be sure to wear a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen formulated for use on the face, with a sun protection factor of 50 or higher.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a Candidate for Erbium Laser Treatment?

Anyone in good physical health, seeking improvement on a skin condition, is a suitable candidate for an erbium laser treatment. You should have realistic expectations of how acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and other skin conditions may benefit from this procedure. For example, many people experience the enhancement of fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes or on their forehead.

Can people with darker skin receive Erbium Laser Treatment?

Erbium laser treatment can benefit people with darker skin as this treatment poses less of a risk for discoloration. While there have been recommendations in the past against laser treatments for people with darker skin, modern laser treatment technology allows skilled laser practitioners like the ones at the Workman Center for Plastic Surgery to calibrate the erbium laser to settings that produce great results on all skin tones.

During your consultation, your Workman Center laser treatment specialist will discuss whether or not discoloration may be an issue for your specific procedure. We can apply the laser to an area of the body that is easily concealable to make sure you are satisfied with the results before treating more visible areas.

What are the results of Erbium Laser Treatment?

At the Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, our expert laser treatment specialists can use erbium laser treatments to treat wrinkles, blemishes, acne scars, and other skin conditions that keep the skin from looking its best.

Following your treatment, you should start to see results almost immediately. As new cells grow and the natural healing process is activated following your treatment, your results should continue to improve - and can last for many years following the procedure.

While some results like scar reduction may become permanent after one treatment, your skin will continue to age and be exposed to harsh elements and sunlight. This means you may need another treatment later in life to repair future damage.

What are the side effects of Erbium Laser Treatment?

An erbium laser treatment is a safe procedure and FDA approved to treat the skin. As part of your consultation, your laser treatment specialist will give you customized information about side effects and risks based on your particular skin and medical history.

While some laser treatments have been known to cause side effects in rare cases like burns and discoloration, those risks are minimized when the procedure is performed by experienced technicians like the ones at the Workman Center for Plastic Surgery.

Recovery from Erbium Laser Treatment

As part of your erbium laser treatment consultation at the Workman Center, our laser treatment specialists will provide you with detailed aftercare and recovery instructions to maximize the results of your procedure.

While recovery differs from patient to patient based on the location of treatment and healing times, here are some general guidelines for what you can expect during recovery.

Following your procedure, you will need to clean your treated area a few times a day and apply ointment occasionally to promote smooth healing. You will experience some tenderness in the treated area for a few days following the procedure, followed by some peeling as the old skin is replaced by fresh, new skin.

During the healing process, you will want to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher when you go outside to protect your skin from damage. Once the healing process is complete, your treated area can receive the same treatment as the rest of your skincare regimen.

Get a one on one consultation with Dr. Workman in one of his beautiful practices in Vancouver/Portland and Tri-Cities Metro Areas

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Vancouver & Portland Plastic Surgery

The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery
1405 SE 164th Ave Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 896-6000

Tri-Cities Plastic Surgery

The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery
4309 W 27th Pl Suite 302
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 321-9099