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Recovering from Erbium Yag Laser Treatment?

Is 1 week enough recovery time after erbium Yag laser treatment? I am a 42 yr old male physician considering above treatment for facial acne scars (rolling type) and wanted a realistic idea when I could expect to go back to the office following this type of procedure. Thank you in advance for any input

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Erbium Yag Laser Treatment Recovery

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Healing afterwards is generally uneventful, consisting of what looks like a deep sunburn that is treated with topical lubricants for 7 to 10 days, at which time the skin is healed. Skin pinkness can persist for weeks, and is minimized by topical steroid crèmes. 


Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Downtime from erbium yag for acne scars

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As a physician you know that the answer to your question will depend on your skin type, the laser settings used and your underlying condition.  From what you describe as rolled scars you have several good options. Fractionated erbium yag and full ablation erbium yag can usually get the job done but with different amounts of "downtime."  One thing to consider is to do a series of fractionated erbium yag lasers on say end of day Friday and be mostly healed by Monday morning. Otherwise, if you prefer to take a little time off you might consider treating aggressively with full ablation erbium yag combined with fractionated laser on a Friday and plan to not see patients Monday and Tuesday.  By Wednesday it should like a sunburn at worst. Good luck and be sure to research your doctors experience and credentials before signing up!!

Shawn Allen, MD
Boulder Dermatologist
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Recovery from erbium laser depends upon a number of factors

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Recovery from erbium laser treatment depends upon patient - ie age, sex, ethnicity, skin thickness as well as laser related issues such as energy used, whether treatment is full field or fractional (and if fractional - depth of treatment and density of treatment). Also if the laser used has a coagulation mode, whether that is used. My preference for rolling acne scars is combination full field and fractional erbium resurfacing with the Sciton system. We modulate recovery time to the patients pathology and back to work needs. Best advice is to go to someone very experienced for this.

Jason Pozner, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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