Sun damage is one of the most prevalent forms of skin degeneration. It can do everything from creating texture differences in different areas of the skin to accelerating the development of saggy, loose skin. The reason for this involves the damage that occurs as the skin tries to keep ultraviolet rays from damaging the more sensitive inner parts of your body. The skin is adept at protecting the rest of the body, but it tends to deteriorate as it continues to repair the damage it sustains.
The problem is that few treatments are available to repair sun damage. The ones that are available tend to incur a significant amount of recovery and discomfort, which makes them a non-option for many patients. However, fractional erbium ablative laser treatments may offer a substantially better option for patients with sun-damaged skin.
What is a Fractional Erbium Ablative Laser?
These lasers offer a different way to treat sun damage. They destroy undesirable regions of the skin in a way that leaves the skin able to recover from any damage. This results in less discomfort, faster recoveries and greater improvements than other treatments may be able to offer.
This type of laser treatment is different from YAG lasers due to the light that is emitted. The wavelengths and intensity of this laser are different, which means that more healthy tissue is spared while undesirable tissue is targeted with a greater accuracy.
Another difference is the fact that this treatment is fractional. This means one powerful laser is divided into tiny dots, which treats a wider area than the laser could by itself. This creates small, circular areas of damage, which leaves some healthy skin to help expedite recovery.
Why Are Fractional Erbium Ablative Lasers Better for Sun Damage Treatment?
The minimal damage to the skin, the way this treatment expedites recovery and the convenience are all reasons that fractional erbium ablative laser treatments tend to outshine other treatments. The real advantage, however, is in the way it can treat sun damage specifically.
The reason for this is because sun damage tends to occur in the form of collagen damage and dermal damage, resulting in changes in the texture of the skin. Fractional erbium ablative lasers specifically interact with these areas, which leads to a dramatic improvement.
Other benefits of fractional erbium ablative lasers include:
- Less discomfort than other comparable procedures due to the precision of treatments.
- Low risk of scarring and other undesirable permanent changes.
- Safer on skin with a darker pigment.
- A better overall effect on skin pigment issues, including those caused by sun damage, than other comparable treatments.
Are Fractional Erbium Ablative Laser Treatments Right for You?
There are countless factors that can influence your success with treatments designed to alleviate the effects of sun damage, aging and other skin problems. Fractional erbium ablative laser treatments are no exception to these factors. The best treatment for you will depend upon your unique situation, which may include everything from your genetic predispositions to your body’s ability to heal itself.
To decide if fractional erbium ablative laser treatments may be right for treating your sun-damaged skin, schedule a consultation at The Plastic Surgery Center, with offices in Sarasota and Bradenton. We offer a number of different procedures ranging from surgical procedures like a facelift and breast augmentation to non-surgical treatments like laser skin rejuvenation. Contact us today to book an appointment to learn more.