Skin Resurfacing in Whittier, CA

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What is ER: Yag Laser?

Er: YAG lasers are solid-state lasers whose lasing medium is erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:Y3Al5O12).

Er: YAG lasers typically emit light with a wavelength of 2940 nm, which is infrared light.

Unlike Nd: YAG laser, the output of an Er: YAG laser is strongly absorbed by water, thereby making it very highly suited to safely resurfacing the skin in a predictable fashion.

 

How Does the ER: Yag Laser Work?

Lasers work by emitting a wavelength of high energy light, which when focused on a certain skin condition will create heat and destroy unwanted cells.

 

What is ER: Yag Laser Used For?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a range of Er: YAG laser machines for various skin disorders. The following skin disorders can be treated with Er: YAG laser beams:

  • Atrophic acne scars
  • Herpes simplex scars, smallpox scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Mild to moderate facial wrinkles
  • Uneven pigment (brown age spots, freckles, melasma)
  • Seborrhoeic keratosis
  • Some vascular (red) birthmarks (capillary vascular malformations)

 

Candidates for ER: Yag Laser Treatments

Contraindications

Er: YAG laser treatment may be unsuitable in the following circumstances:

  • The tendency toward keloid or hypertrophic scar formation
  • Someone that has used Isotretinoin within the last 6 months
  • A condition that significantly alters skin structure such as scleroderma, lupus, and burn scars
  • History of prior ionizing radiation to the skin (i.e. from prior radiation therapy for cancer)

Precautions:

  • 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.
  • Prophylactic antiviral medication such as aciclovir or valacyclovir is recommended during the pre-procedure and postoperative period and no treatment during active breakouts. You must tell the physician if you have ever had a breakout of cold sores in the past so he may treat you accordingly.

 

Side Effects of ER: Yag Laser Treatments

Mild side effects:

  • Milia (little bumps)
  • Acne exacerbation

Moderate Side Effects:

  • Prolonged redness
  • Transient postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, usually reversible within 6-8 months.
  • Delayed hypopigmentation (white patches) usually is completely reversible within 2-6 months.

 

Benefits of ER: Yag Laser Treatment

For selected skin conditions, Er:YAG laser treatment offers:

  • High-precision, tissue-selective treatment
  • Fairly non-invasive
  • Short downtime
  • Skin tag removal
  • Skin resurfacing
  • Stretch mark removal
  • Surgical scar removal
  • Acne scar removal
  • Skin resurfacing
  • Mole removal
  • Wart removal
  • Scar removal

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion can be used for the following:

  • Improving the texture of the skin (fewer hills and valleys)
  • Reducing the signs of aging (wrinkles i.e. fine lines, stimulating skin tightening, reducing pore size)
  • Acne Removal
  • Acne Scar Treatment
  • Stretch Mark Reduction

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion uses a jet spray of mineral crystals to remove and vacuum the outer keratin layer of the skin, including dead skin cells, scarring, and debris that clogs pores. Microdermabrasion stimulates new collagen growth to visibly tighten skin. Significantly decreases the appearance of acne scars. Magically shrinks large pores and removes black and whiteheads.

Are You a Candidate for Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can improve the skin of all skin types. Regular treatments improve the appearance of acne scars, acne, hyperpigmentation (melasma), sun-damaged skin, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, rough texture, blackheads, whiteheads, brown spots.

What to Expect

The procedure lasts 5-20 minutes depending on the area of treatment. The procedure is tolerable without topical anesthetic. However, a topical anesthetic can be used for sensitive skin. After the procedure, you may have redness for up to 30 minutes. Most patients return to work immediately with no downtime.

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Average Cost  
$500 - $1,600
Recovery Time  
4 to 7 days
How Long It Takes  
1 hour
Follow Up Time  
1 day
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