What Is The Erbium YAG Laser?

Erbium YAG “Ablative” fractional resurfacing lasers are used to improve photodamaged skin with reduced downtime and risks as compared to traditional ablative lasers* and is now offered by our providers at our cosmetic medical spa in Bedford, NY.

Erbium YAG lasers are absorbed by water in the body, while laser light is passed over the skin. The light is then absorbed by the water in the underlying tissue which removes the dead skin layer above. Once the light reaches live tissue, it can’t go any deeper. This absorption causes mild heat and stimulates collagen and elastin rejuvenation.*

Erbium YAG lasers stimulate a therapeutic response deep in the dermis providing treatments for actinic (solar lentiginosis), actinic keratosis, flat seborrheic keratosis, and fine/deep wrinkles. Erbium YAG lasers are solid-state lasers whose lasing medium is erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet.*

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What Are The Advantages Of Erbium Laser Treatments?

For selected skin conditions, this laser treatment offers benefits, such as*:

  • High-precision treatment*
  • Highly effective skin rejuvenation*
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles treatment*
  • Less invasive than dermabrasion and chemical peeling
  • Short downtime

How Does The Erbium 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 damage diseased cells.*

What Conditions Does An Erbium YAG Laser Treat?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a range of Erbium YAG laser machines for various skin disorders, such as:

  • 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 birthmarks (capillary vascular malformations)

What Our Patients Have To Say

“Fabulous environment for your skin care needs. Very happy with the treatments we received and love the friendly, caring atmosphere. Never rushed or pushed to buy more services than I need. Highly recommend!!” – Lara G.

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What Should I Expect After My Erbium Laser Treatment?

About 2 to 3 days after the treatment, the skin looks like a sunburn. After 3 to 4 days, the skin darkens and feels very tight. Finally, after 5 to 6 days afterward, the skin will peel or flake and exfoliate, revealing fresh, new, glowing skin underneath.*

Who Is Not A Candidate For An Erbium YAG Laser Treatment?

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

  • Unrealistic patient expectations
  • A tendency towards keloid or hypertrophic scar formation
  • Isotretinoin treatment 6 months beforehand

Are There Any Side Effects From Erbium YAG Laser Resurfacing?

Side effects of an Erbium YAG laser treatment are usually minor and may include mild side effects such as milia, acne exacerbation, and contact dermatitis. More moderate side effects can include localized herpes simplex, impetigo, and candida infection, prolonged redness or transient post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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Contact us to set up your FREE consultation today! Our Med Spas are located in Bedford, NY (Westchester County) near the following cities: Pound Ridge, Chappaqua, Katonah, Mt. Kisco, Pleasantville, White Plains, Harrison, Scarsdale, Rye, Armonk and York Town Heights, NY. Neighboring CT cities include Stamford, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Wilton and New Cannon.

*Disclaimer: Individual results will vary. Any claims of rejuvenating the skin or helping treat the appearance of lines, wrinkles, scars or other skin disorders cannot be guaranteed.