Over the years, laser treatments have evolved into a safe and effective type of treatment for fighting aging. Laser resurfacing is now a popular segment of the plastic surgery industry, and people seek out treatment for a variety of cosmetic skin issues. Results can be subtle or dramatic,as there are many different types of lasers that are used for facial resurfacing. While prospective patients may be familiar with carbon dioxide lasers, these are by no means the only resurfacing option available. One of these alternative devices, the Whisper-3G Erbium laser, offers patients many benefits, without some of the drawbacks of carbon dioxide lasers. Think laser treatments might be a good choice for you? Read on to learn more about what patients can expect fromWhisper-3G Erbium laser resurfacing.
1. Fights Lines and Wrinkles
While the Whisper-3G Erbium laser is not as in-depth as more invasive lasers, it does help to improve wrinkles and fine lines, an issue that most people face with aging. While laser treatments cannot hold off signs of aging forever, they can delay the need for more significant treatments and may last longer than temporary measures like Botox.
2. A Gentler Laser Treatment
Whisper-3G Erbium laser treatments have the benefit of a much gentler procedure than many other lasers. This means that the treatments produce more subtle results than the more invasive carbon dioxide lasers, but in-depth laser resurfacing can involve two or more weeks of recovery. Whisper-3G Erbium lasers allow patients to resume normal activities the next day, and more than one treatment can be administered for improved results. Treatments are spaced a few months apart.
3. No Anesthesia Required
Unlike more extensive laser resurfacing, Whisper-3G Erbium lasers require only a topical anesthesia for patient comfort. This cuts out a lot of potential worry and stress on patients, as general anesthesia can be hard on patients and can involve complications. Additionally, removing the anesthesia aspect of laser treatments cuts down on costs to the patient. Treatments are short, lasting 30 minutes or less, and because they do not require anesthesia, Whisper-3G Erbium treatments are typically performed in an office setting.
4. Initiates Cell Turnover
The purpose of laser skin resurfacing is to give the skin a “clean slate” and get rid of damaged skin cells. The heat of the laser helps destroy these skin cells, making way for new, healthier cells. Laser treatments remove the outer layer of skin, and new growth takes place a few days following treatment.
5. Improves Overall Skin Qualityand Addresses Numerous Problems
Laser treatments do more than just treat lines and wrinkles–the new skin that emerges following the procedure is smoother and healthier than before. Whisper-3G Erbium treatments can help with problems like dull, uneven skin tone, sun damage, enlarged pores, and more.
Are You a Candidate?
Erbium lasers are suitable for a wide range of patients, but they are not appropriate for everyone. Candidates should be in general good health and have realistic expectations for treatment. Prospective patients who have a bacterial or viral infection will not be able to undergo laser treatments until the problem is under control. Finally, some skin types and conditions are not ideal for undergoing laser treatments, such as those prone to keloid scarring. Only a qualified provider can give specific advice on candidacy, however.
There’s no need to stress out about choosing the procedure that’s right for you. An experienced and skilled plastic surgeon is your best resource for assessing your plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment options. A board certified surgeon can recommend procedures for you and assess your candidacy for various procedures. If you’d like to learn more about Whisper-3G Erbium treatments or other facial procedures, then come to Buckingham Center and meet with renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham offers a range of cosmetic facial treatments to suit varying needs. For more information, call Dr. Buckingham’s Austin, TX, office at 512-401-2500 to schedule your consultation.