Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium laser resurfacing is a type of ablative laser treatment used to rejuvenate skin and significantly improve the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, and other damage on the face. The erbium laser generates a precise beam of light energy that removes thin layers of damaged or aged skin through ablation, revealing softer, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin. The laser allows for the controlled removal of the outer skin layers.

Target Treatment Areas

Erbium laser treatments are versatile for treating signs of aging and skin damage on the face and body. By removing the outer damaged layers of the skin, erbium laser treatments can reduce wrinkles and discoloration on the face and soften rough or thickened skin. The most common treatment areas include:












What to Expect


During the Procedure

During treatment, your doctor will move the laser over your skin, delivering timed pulses that vaporize the damaged skin. This triggers the body’s healing response, including collagen and tissue regeneration. This treatment can be painful, so it is performed with anesthesia. A series of treatments can reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, minimize pores and scars, and give the skin a smoother, rejuvenated appearance.


Erbium laser resurfacing requires about 1-2 weeks of downtime for recovery. Results with an erbium laser are more dramatic than milder treatments like Fraxel, so your skin may be more tender during this recovery period. Peeling is common during the recovery process but should subside after one week. Immediately following an erbium laser treatment, the treated skin will be raw, slightly swollen, and reddened. There may be some oozing and crusting as the skin heals as well. Cold compresses, antibiotic ointment, vigorous hydration, and prescribed pain medications are recommended a few days post-treatment to manage any discomfort during the healing process. 

After the Procedure

Some patients will need multiple treatment sessions to achieve their desired results. Full results are usually seen 2-3 months after the final treatment as the renewal continues. On average, the effects of erbium laser resurfacing can last several years. It is important to use proper sun protection and maintain your skincare routine after receiving erbium laser treatment to prevent any additional damage. 

Is Erbium Laser Resurfacing Right for Me?

Erbium laser treatments are used to address surface-level and medium-deep wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Erbium lasers are also extremely precise, making them great for improving uneven skin tone, acne scarring, dark spots, surgical scars, and more.  Consult with your physician if any of the following apply to you, as these can affect the results of erbium laser resurfacing:

  • A history of cold sores or fever blisters
  • Taking certain acne medications
  • Chronic health concerns like diabetes, lupus, and other conditions that impact the immune system and the body’s healing ability
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Darker skin tone (in some cases)

The Beauty Benefits of Erbium Laser Resurfacing

Erbium lasers are extremely precise, allowing you to pinpoint specific imperfections on the face and body. Laser treatments can help you achieve the following:

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Reduced fine lines and wrinkles - The laser ablation smooths out fine lines, creases, and wrinkles by promoting collagen production, which results in a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
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Improved skin texture - Resurfacing creates smoother, softer, glowing skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
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Even skin tone - Ablation helps fade age spots, sun spots, and spots from old acne scars for a more uniform skin tone.
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Tightened skin - Stimulation of collagen helps tighten loose, sagging skin on the face, neck, and body.
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Scar reduction - The laser can reduce the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, and other blemishes.
Removes precancerous lesions - Erbium can eliminate patches of actinic keratosis and precancerous growths.
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Minimize photoaging - Reverses signs of sun damage like leathery skin, blotchiness, and pigmentation.
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Neck/décolleté rejuvenation - Resurfaces delicate neck area to match your improved face.


Erbium laser treatment resurfaces the skin, reducing wrinkles and acne scarring for a smoother, clearer, more youthful complexion. Patients can expect the treated areas to be red and tender for 1-2 weeks but see improvements in tone, texture, and tightness after healing is complete. Full results are visible 2-3 months post-treatment and can last several years with proper sun protection.

Erbium Laser Resurfacing Near Me

With 15 locations across New Jersey, we make laser skin resurfacing as convenient as possible. Book a consultation with one of our highly trained physicians today to experience the transformative power of laser resurfacing.


When will I start to see results?
Full results are usually seen 2-3 months after the final treatment.
How long is the recovery time?
Depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment, you may experience redness or swelling after the procedure, which can last around 1-2 weeks.
Does erbium laser treatment hurt?
This procedure is performed with sedation or general anesthesia to alleviate any pain or discomfort.
Are there risks associated with erbium laser treatment?
Similar to any aesthetic procedure, there are risks involved with erbium laser resurfacing, including infection, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. Our skilled physicians will discuss the necessary aftercare instructions to reduce the risk of complications. 
How much does the Erbium treatment cost?
The cost depends on the area you’re having treated and the number of treatments you need for your desired results. During your consultation, your provider will discuss pricing options for your specific treatment plan.