LASER TREATMENT: SKIN ABLATION AND REJUVENATION WITH THE DERMABLATE ERBIUM LASER
An Erbium Dermablate laser can treat wrinkles, acne scars, crow's feet, cholesterol deposits and other unsightly skin lesions. The treatment is painless and above all, mostly scar free. The results are natural.
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The Erbium Laser (MCL31 Dermablate) treats wrinkles, acne scars, crow's feet, cholesterol deposits and other unsightly skin lesions. The laser is used to do skin abrasion and skin rejuvenation. It is an elegant alternative to dermabrasion, which mechanically ablates tissue or the electrocautery that burns tissue.
How does it work: It all depends on the type and size of the area treated. Only a few minutes are required to treat small wrinkles, scars or small moles. Usually a session is enough. For scar treatment or deeper skin disorders, several treatments might be necessary. But this will be discussed in advance in each case. Book an appointment.
Laser is amplified light and different wavelengths can be used to treat different skin conditions. The laser beam is aimed at the skin area that requires treatment. The treatment target may be red (small vessels), dark color (tattoo removal) or water (scars). The beam penetrates the uppermost skin layer and is absorbed by the water in the human skin. The water evaporates immediately and releases energy, thereby vaporising tissue particles at supersonic speeds. A slight pop is audible. Layer by layer, the skin is removed very fine and precise. The advantage over, for example, electrocautery is that the adjacent skin remains intact. In the fractionated ablation (Fraxel), the laser light is divided by special optics into several light beams. The result is a grid, which leaves a large part of the skin between the micro spots untreated. With fractionated (Fraxel) treatment, the tissue regenerates very quickly from the healthy skin islands in the grid. So the skin is strengthened and the formation of new collagen stimulated. The result is a healthy and fresh appearance.
Skin blemishes and small wrinkles disturbs many patients who often try to cover problem areas with make-up. One way to remedy the cause is a chemical peel. In addition to chemical peels the Erbium laser can be used with success for blemished skin or small wrinkles. After peeling, substances as hyaluronic acid or vitamins can penetrate better. I apply this method to reduce hyperpigmentation. If necessary, facial treatment takes about 20 minutes. After treatment the skin will be slightly red but after a few hours your face looks healthy and fresh.
Every treatment with the laser must be preceded by a medical diagnosis. During a consultation the skin type is assessed and the prospects of treatment are discussed. As a general rule, removal of single moles can be performed during the same session. The severity of the pain in the treatment depends greatly on the extent of the treatment. Local anesthesia is possible with moles, but is an exception for peelings or scar treatments. An anesthetic ointment is usually sufficient for sensitive patients, subsequently supplemented with a soothing care cream (for example, containing aloe vera). The consistent application of sunscreen over a four to six weeks after a treatment remains very important.
Mild side effects like redness disappear within a few days. It should be noted that some crusting is part of the healing process in some treatments. In dark skin types and especially by exposure to the sun, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) may occur. Therefore, attention must be paid to consistent sun protection.
For the treatment of a single wrinkle or a nail-sized mole around 150-175 euros (including consultation) is usual - for each additional mole around 50 euros extra is to be expected. Fractional treatment of the face costs up to 450 euros. The values are for guidance only. For a consultation, you can arrange appointments in my office. Book an appointment.
When removing moles, the advantage over the usual electrocautery is that the adjacent skin remains intact as very accurate work is possible. The electrocautery causes a lot of heat and it also leads to the destruction of surrounding healthy tissue. The risk of unsightly scars is higher and the healing process often takes longer.
In fractionated ablation (Fraxel), the laser light is divided by special optics into several light beams. The result is a grid, which leaves a large part of the skin between the MicroSpots untreated. Thus, the healthy skin islands regeneration can be faster compared to a process in which the entire epidermis is removed.