Erbium Laser Therapy

Ultra effective skin resurfacing treatment.

What is Erbium Laser Therapy?

Erbium Laser Therapy is a laser treatment in which fine wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring and age spots are greatly decreased or diminished. The erbium laser is generally less invasive than CO2 resurfacing and has less down time.

How does the treatment work?

The laser light is absorbed by the water in the skin cells, causing the instantaneous vaporization of the cell. As the laser passes across the skin, a small amount of tissue is removed at a time, allowing for the physician to treat only as deeply as needed.

Instructions for before treatment:

Avoid sun tanning or tanning creams four weeks prior to treatment, and avoid Accutane® for six weeks prior to treatment. Aspirin and other blood thinners should also be avoided for at least three days before treatment. Do not have any open sores or skin infections in the area to be treated, and shave area before your appointment. Do not apply makeup or moisturizers.

Instructions for after treatment:

If necessary, over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, may be taken. Cold compresses and Aloe Vera gel may be helpful in reducing pain, redness and swelling. Avoid the sun after treatment. If sun exposure is unavoidable, cover treated area with protective clothing and SPF 35 or higher.


The physician has more precise control because of the small amounts of skin removed at a time. The effects are less devastating and less painful than Laser CO2, which has a recovery time can last for weeks to months. Erbium Laser Therapy is less harsh and causes a sunburned sensation that clears up in a few weeks.