The Sciton Profile™ Erbium-YAG laser produces a unique skin smoothing affect with minimal pain and rapid healing. This laser is precise, controllable and so predictable that any risks of scarring are virtually eliminated. The Erbium YAG laser allows the physician to gently wash away layers of skin that are much thinner than that of the CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) laser. This ultra thin laser wash lets the Erbium behave like a lunch hour peel for a light skin refinement or with multiple passes to smooth deeper wrinkles.
Many younger individuals find the superficial penetration of the Erbium YAG laser to be especially valuable as it treats the first signs of lip lines, sun spots or crows feet. Prevention is a worthwhile endeavor. The Erbium YAG laser offers more precision in smoothing damaged and scarred skin. For patients with deep acne scarring, combining the AcuPulse Fractional CO2 with the Sciton Profile™ Erbium:YAG laser yields enhanced results. The deep penetrating and collagen stimulating effects of the AcuPulse Fractional CO2 combined with superficial blending of raised scar edges with the Sciton Profile™ Erbium:YAG laser is the optimal treatment of acne scarring.
Also known as the “weekend” skin peel, the Arctic Peel™ is ideal for patients with sun damaged skin and early skin aging. Our physicians utilize the Sciton Profile™ Erbium-YAG laser to perform this in-office, minimal down-time procedure. No anesthetic is required as chilled air is used to cool the skin during the treatment. The Arctic Peel™ provides deeper resurfacing than microdermabrasion, and you will have noticeably smoother skin. Generally, patients peel 2-3 days after the treatment. While results are seen after one treatment, they continue to improve with successive treatments.
What can laser resurfacing correct?
Arctic Laser Wash
Using the Sciton Profile™ Erbium YAG laser, this epidermal peel can successfully treat brown spots, age spots, acne scars, scars, fine wrinkles, and keratoses. Makeup will go on smoother and you will look and feel younger. Topical anesthetic cream and local anesthetic nerve blocks are used in addition to the cool air chiller, and healing can range from 4-7 days, depending on the depth of ablation that is chosen. If you are looking for a low down-time procedure which offers serious results, call the Aesthetic Surgery Center to schedule your appointment.
Is there a specific skin care regimen after laser skin resurfacing that I need to follow?
Sciton Profile™ Erbium YAG FAQs
An individual consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, or Dr. Holmes is the best way to determine which procedure is best suited to meet your goals. During this consultation, the surgeon will examine you, and discuss which laser is ideal for your face and needs.
An Arctic Laser Wash™ is performed in the office with local anesthesia. At minimum, topical anesthetic cream is applied. Often, nerve block injections are also administered by the physician to numb areas of the face. Some patients may choose to have an oral prescription medication to help them relax prior to the procedure.
Usually gentle cleansing and application of Aquaphor ointment is required until you peel. With the Arctic peel™, this may take 2-3 days. With the Arctic Laser Wash™, this may take 4-7 days.
a. After an Arctic Peel™, the laser sites are usually pink for about 5-7 days, but make-up can be used to cover this 3 days after treatment.
b. After an Arctic Laser Wash™, camouflage make-up can be worn 5-7 days after the procedure. The pink color will fade to normal skin color over an average of 3-4 weeks.
With a deeper Arctic Laser Wash™, patients experience a burning sensation for an average of 3-4 hours, after which they have a tight sensation. The tight sensation is alleviated by application of Aquaphor ointment and improves once the skin peels (average day 4-7).