CO2 Laser Vs. Erbium Laser: Tips for Choosing a Laser Treatment
Laser resurfacing is meant to enhance the texture, tone and quality of your skin. Using tiny concentrated beams of light, laser treatments can penetrate through the surface layer of your skin to target unwanted wrinkles, scarring, pigmentation irregularities and more.
If you’re considering laser resurfacing, there are a number of laser treatments available. The best laser for your skin will ultimately depend on the results you desire, and your level of commitment to recovery.
There are two main types of lasers used for skin resurfacing – carbon dioxide (CO2) and Eribium. Each of these lasers will allow your laser specialist to precisely control the depth of skin removal, but differ in the end results they produce.
CO2 Laser Treatments
CO2 laser resurfacing has a wide range of applications. It has been the method of choice for years and can be used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Benign growths (warts)
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose (rhinophyma)
The latest advancement in CO2 laser use very short pulses of light energy or continuous light beams. The light is often delivered in a scanning pattern to accurately remove surface layers of your skin without causing significant damage to surrounding tissues.
Recovery times vary after CO2 laser, but can last for up to three weeks. Following treatment, your skin will appear slightly pink (similar to a mild sunburn) for up to six months.
Erbium Laser Treatments
Erbium laser treatments are less versatile than CO2 lasers. They are designed to target superficial lines and wrinkles on the hands, neck, face and chest.
One of the key advantages of Erbium laser treatments is that it is less invasive – meaning your recovery time should be more rapid. Most patients reach a full recovery within a week. The risk of undesirable side effects is also reduced. If you have darker skin pigmentation, Erbium laser may work better for you.
How to Choose the Right Laser Treatment
The primary consideration for laser resurfacing will always be your general health. The best candidates will possess good overall physical and psychological health. Other factors such as your age, skin type and ethnic background will help your laser specialist determine which laser treatment is right for you.
The best way to learn more about laser treatments is to contact us in Chapel Hill.