- Erbium microlaser peel provides the effects of a moderate to deep chemical peel but with a more controlled, even, and consistent result.
- Face, neck, chest and back of the hands are frequently treated areas
- Addresses fine lines, pigment, and texture for smoother, brighter skin
- Often combined with intense pulsed light (IPL) to address stubborn brown spots
- Redness, mild oozing, crusting, peeling for 4 days up to 1 week depending on level of treatment
- Low complication risk (scarring, pigment alteration)
- 2-3 treatments for optimal results
FAQS: Erbium Microlaser Peel (MLP)
What is the procedure used for?
Microlaser peels provide the effects of a moderate to deep chemical peel but with a more controlled, even, and consistent result. Used to even out skin-tone and improve texture on the face, neck, chest, and back of the hands. It is often combined with intense-pulsed-light (IPL) for an improved overall result (also known as the “Arctic Peel”)
What changes can I expect right after treatment?
White appearance of the skin right after treatment sometimes lasting severalhours, followed by moderate to intense redness for 2-3 days, followed by tightness, darkening, and finally peeling of the skin over the course of about 1 week.
When will I be completely healed?
At 1 week most patients will have only mild scattered redness which can be covered with makeup. Social engagements are not recommended for at least 1 week after treatment.
How many treatments are recommended? How far apart?
2-3 treatments, spaced 1 month apart
How painful is treatment?
Pain 5/10. We recommend ibuprofen or Tylenol and application of topical numbing cream one hour before the procedure for comfort.
How long does the treatment last?
15-30 minutes depending.
When can I expect to see the full results?
Within 1 week
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY LASER TREATMENT?
Please avoid Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Fish Oil and other blood thinning medication/supplements for 2 weeks prior to procedure to decrease any possible bleeding and bruising. Please discontinue the use of retinol products 24 hours prior to procedure.
Please refrain from tobacco products and alcohol for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks following the procedure. Along with delayed healing, persistent skin redness and other complications may persist when tobacco and alcohol are not discontinued.
Since your skin is the first barrier to infection, you will be prescribed an antibiotic to start the day before your procedure. Though infections are uncommon following this procedure, it is important to take the antibiotics as directed until the bottle is empty.
An antiviral medication will be prescribed to start 1 day prior to the procedure to prevent the occurrence of cold sores. This procedure does have a 5 – 14 day downtime (recovery) depending on the depth of the treatment. Be sure to schedule plans accordingly.