ERBIUM LASER TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
PRE-ERBIUM TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
minutes prior to treatment. If anti-anxiety medicine is prescribed, you will need a driver.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT
applied after 6-8 hours. Use Elta MD Moisturizer or petroleum ointment to cover any areas that experience oozing.
Soft gel icepacks may help alleviate heat sensation and swelling that may occur. Use ice packs for at least 48 hours.
FIRST 3-4 DAYS
Expect swelling, redness and a sandpaper-like texture.
Cleanse and moisturize with CeraVe, Free & Clear or Elta MD products, all available at Sand Lake Dermatology Center.
FIRST WEEK OF HEALING
DO NOT be alarmed if tiny grid patterns remain throughout treated area. This should fade within 2-3 weeks.
Keep treated area clean, avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive exercise, perspiring, swimming or
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
All of your skin care products should be non-irritating for the first week after an Erbium laser treatment. Most ideal to
during this time. DO NOT use abrasive scrubs, toners or products that contain glycolic acid or Retin-A.
Remember that peeling and/or flaking is normal during the healing process. Therefore, the moisturizer you use should
It is VERY important that you use sunscreen to prevent sun damage to the skin. Sunscreen should offer broad
exposure is necessary, wear a hat and clothing that covers the treated area. Diligent sun protection and sunscreen
use may lower the risk of laser-induced hyperpigmentation.
products, as long as they are tolerable upon application.
aggressiveness of treatment as well as individual healing characteristics. Generally, patients who are treated more
aggressively experience more intense and longer lasting side effects.
HOW YOU MAY LOOK AND FEEL
morning after treatment, particularly under the eyes. Swelling and redness usually lasts 3-5 days. To minimize swelling, please
do the following:
continue for the next 24-48 hours.
Sleep elevated the first night. Use as many pillows as you can tolerate.
Heat sensation can be intense for 2-3 hours after treatment. Occasionally oozing can occur in isolated areas for a
You may also notice little dark spots appear on treated areas or a bronzed appearance of skin. Your skin may
tissue working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated.
Dead skin is a normal result of laser treatment. Skin should start sloughing off 5-7 days after the treatment.
take up to 2 weeks) on other areas such as hands and arms.
Once sloughing is complete, you may notice some pink-redness for several weeks. Most pink-redness resolves
to minimize redness.
Some patients may also experience itching or temporary acne break outs.
pain, or any other problems, please call us immediately. We can always be reached after hours through our emergency line
and are happy to speak with you any time.
Christopher P. Crotty, MD
Phone: (407) 352-8553 Fax: (407) 351-8412
7335 W. Sand Lake Rd, Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32819