13 Feb 2020

Fractionated Erbium Resurfacing

Fractionated Erbium Resurfacing: Quick and Effective

Promoting younger and healthier-looking skin has never been easier thanks to laser resurfacing. The problem? Time. The downtime associated with traditional laser resurfacing can be as much as a week or more, a too-long commitment when you lead a busy life. But not to worry. At VillanoMD in Bend, Oregon, we have the answer: fractionated erbium resurfacing. With fractionated resurfacing you’ll enjoy the benefits of laser resurfacing without having to take time out of your busy schedule. In fact, you’ll be up to speed in as little as 3 to 4 days. Head out of the office Thursday afternoon for your treatment, and be refreshed and ready to go the following Monday!

How does fractionated laser resurfacing achieve results in so little time? Through targeted stimulation of collagen production.  Collagen is the superhero of skin, the essential component of a fresh and youthful complexion. The fractionated erbium laser minimizes the downtime associated with a traditional, full ablative laser through selective targeting of the laser beam.  The beam initiates what doctors term a “controlled injury” in the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, which spurs the natural reparative functions of the body. Collagen production kicks into high gear. And the result?  Healthy, revived skin and a glowing, youthful complexion.

Wait a minute, a controlled “injury” you ask?  Yes. But it’s not scary, we promise. Here’s a little bit of the science behind those great results.

Your skin is made up of three layers. The first layer, the epidermis, is the outermost layer of your skin. The second layer, the dermis, is the layer directly beneath the epidermis that contains connective tissue, sweat glands and hair follicles. The third and deepest layer of skin is the subcutaneous layer. This layer also has connective tissue but contains fat cells as well. Fractionated erbium laser resurfacing works by essentially stimulating the dermal layer of skin to generate production of more collagen and elastin, both of which are slowly degraded with age.  This is achieved by taking an area of the top layer of skin off—our “controlled injury”—to stimulate the creation of new skin. When you get a cut or an abrasion, your body sends an inflammatory response to the compromised area, initiating a process of healing and renewal that stimulates collagen production to repair the skin. More simply, a controlled “injury” stimulates a natural, rejuvenative response that results in healthy, younger-looking skin.

Before the procedure, a light numbing cream is applied to the treatment area to help reduce discomfort. The procedure takes less than an hour, and patients should expect slight redness of the targeted skin for a short time immediately post-procedure. In under a week, you will begin to notice results—and so will everyone else! Your coworkers might wonder, where did that youthful glow come from? And while we know the answer at VillanoMD, the only question you’ll have to wrestle with is, should I tell them about fractionated erbium resurfacing—or keep it my little secret?  (We’ll leave the answer to that entirely up to you!)

For optimal results, patients should plan on undergoing a series of three treatments spaced three to four weeks apart.  The procedure is safe for all skin types and all ages, and can benefit both men and women. At VillanoMD in Bend, Oregon, we do have the answer: Fractionated Erbium Resurfacing.  Minimal downtime and great results: an unbeatable combination!


Dr. Villano is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Bend, Oregon. He provides surgical and non-surgical enhancements including Botox, Dysport, Restylane, microneedling, fotofacials, facelifts, eye lifts, nose surgery, cheek augmentation and much more. Schedule your consultation today.

One comment

  1. Can you tell me how often the fractionated erbium resurfacing should be done, once the initial 3 treatments are completed? What is the cost of EACH of the 3 treatments? Should botox and fillers be done before OR after the resurfacing?


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