Erbium Laser Peels
Laser Peels, or Laser Skin Resurfacing, will remove your outer layer of skin, while it simultaneously heats the underlying skin. This action works to stimulate growth of new collagen fibers. As the treatment area heals, the new skin that forms is smoother and firmer. Our state-of-the-art erbium laser provides radiant and youthful result with skin that is smoother, tighter, and more even in tone, texture, and color.
Sandstone’s engineering has implemented a unique extended ablation technology that amply improves patient comfort and minimizes downtime. By combining a proprietary fluence level with an extra-long pulse width, it precisely ablates the skin without exposing the underlying dermis. Thus, the gentle nature of the laser allows you to safely and effectively treat highly sensitive skin regions on the neck, back of the hands and around the peri-oral and peri-orbital areas without anesthesia.
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The best candidates for laser peels and skin resurfacing are light-skinned non-smokers who are in generally good health and who have a positive outlook and realistic expectations about outcome. You should be free of any active skin infections, including acne. Those who are unsuited for the procedure include people who take or have taken certain medications (including but not limited to Accutane and some steroids) within the previous 18 months. People who tend to have unusual scarring, such as keloids, are also not considered good candidates for laser resurfacing.
Those who can benefit from a laser peel/skin resurfacing procedure include patients with skin imperfections like wrinkles, loose skin, scars (including acne scars), vascular lesions (like broken capillaries or spider veins), enlarged pores, rough skin texture, dark spots (hyperpigmentation) on the skin, or unwanted tattoos, hair, or birthmarks. Even pre-cancerous lesions on the skin can be effectively removed with laser resurfacing.
Skin resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis. You will be required to keep the skin moist and to stay out of the sun completely during the healing period, and you may be expected to wear some type of sterile dressing over the treated area. Your surgeon will provide instructions for washing the skin. You can expect some swelling, discomfort, and possible crusting and weeping of the skin. Do not pick at the skin, as this can lead to infection and scarring. Over-the-counter medications are often sufficient to manage pain, or you may be given prescriptions for pain medication and/or antibiotics.
It is generally recommended that the patient rest indoors for at least 7 to 10 days, except in the case of a very light peel. However, some people prefer to remain unseen by others until the worst of the redness, crusting, and/or peeling subsides. This time period can be from 2 weeks to 2 months, depending on the depth of your peel. Even if you do decide to return to work before healing is complete, you must absolutely continue to follow the recommendations of your surgeon in regards to sun exposure and the use of protective skin barriers.
atrophic acne scars • photodamaged skin lesions • mild to moderate facial wrinkles • uneven pigment seborrhic keratosis