Erbium ablative laser is all about wrinkle reduction. It is better than CO2 lasers because the amount of secondary heat that it produces is adjustable whereas CO2 is always hot. This advantage of erbium laser very IMPORTANT! Excess secondary tissue heating with CO2 is associated with longer lasting redness post procedure and higher risks of both hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation especially in darker skin types.
This refined erbium laser allows for an almost infinite choice in how gentle or aggressive you laser peel will be. Each level provides a different end result, adjustable to fit the lifestyle needs and end desires of the patient. The Sciton Erbium Laser System allows for treatment depths as minimal as 4 microns (similar to a glycolic acid peel) up to 120 microns (full resurfacing effect.)
NanoLaserPeel™ is the lightest peel and removes about 4 microns of epidermis for improved light reflection. No down time.
MicrolaserPeel™ is a mild to moderate removal of the epidermis typically 10 to 30 microns and often combined with Profractional because their healing times are simultaneous – about 3 or 4 days. Compared to chemical peels, but laser is more predictable.
Profractional Erbium™ is the most sophisticated way to put an array of small holes into the skin for a wide variety of purposes. The holes induce remodeling in scars and can be used to introduce helpful medications like steroids or 5-FU for keloids or bimataprost for hypopigmentation. Profractional is often combined with MicrolaserPeel to add deeper tightening and wrinkle reducing effect without adding to downtime. May be done as a series.
TRL™ is Sciton’s name for full-field resurfacing. This removes the entire epidermis and part of the dermis for the most aggressive wrinkle and tightening treatments for older sun-damaged skin. Compared to CO², but Erbium is much more user friendly! Downtime is 10 days, but this is a single treatment and has no equal to improve severe solar damage and wrinkles.