Ablative Erbium Yag Laser

What can this laser be used for?

It is used to remove & improve the following:

Solar lentigines
Scars (acne scars, hypertrophic scars)
Rhinophyma in rosacea
A variety of epidermal and dermal lesions (seborrhoeic keratosis, syringomas, skin tags, xanthelasmas)

Is anesthesia used in this procedure?

Topical anesthesia or numbing gel/cream is used.

What is the treated area like after procedure? Should there be any postoperative wound care?​

The treated area looks like a fresh wound. It is crucial that the laser-treated area is kept moist by the application of ointment/moisturizer prescribed by the dermatologist to promote reepithelialization.

Treated area after one week of procedure starts crusting & looks pinkish.

Treated area after 1-2 months starts gaining pigmentation & skin color starts coming back.to normal.

Could there be any complications?​

  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (where the color that starts coming back in the laser-treated area is not blending with the normal skin color and is a bit darker). It is a temporary complication that can be taken care of by using dermatologist-prescribed whitening creams or a few sessions of Q switch Nd Yag laser (pigment breaking laser) or Intense Pulsed Light.
  • Persistent erythema or redness, where the treated area remains pink and does not blend well with the surrounding skin color for some time.
  • Moles can come back and can be removed in another laser session

How many sessions are required to get rid of moles?​

Mostly just one session.

What is the minimum time interval between 2 laser sessions?​

About 2 to 4 months.

Is there any spot testing before treating moles with ablative laser? ​

One or two moles are treated in one sitting and the response of the skin is monitored after a period of 1-3 months. Depending on the skin response, the next treatment addressing the whole face is planned out accordingly.

Spot testing is recommended in very dark and wheatish skin complexions.