Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser (Er:YAG Laser)

Definition - What does Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser (Er:YAG Laser) mean?

The Erbium Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet laser (Er:YAG laser) emits high energy light through a laboratory-grown crystal to heat and destroy damaged or abnormal cells. It is used to reduce the appearance of scars, blemishes caused by sun damage, age spots, birthmarks, freckles, certain types of non-cancerous skin growths and to resurface wrinkled skin.

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When used by a qualified operator, such as a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist, the Er:YAG laser vaporizes cells that show up as skin blemishes. Surgeons often choose this type of laser for skin resurfacing treatments that help to reduce wrinkles.

The excellent safety profile of the laser is part of the reason why it is so often used. It is generally considered to be preferable to the carbon dioxide laser because doctors can use it with greater precision to target treatment areas, and because it causes less damage to underlying tissues, and therefore has less likelihood of causing side-effects.

Er:YAG laser treatments stimulate collagen production, making them popular as a means of rejuvenating the skin. They are also used to treat acne scars. In trials, researchers found that this type of laser is more effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars than micro needling, another popular technique used to clear these marks.

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