Medical grade cosmetic treatments like 1064 nm Nd:YAG, Erbium and fractionated lasers have grown in popolularity for correcting aesthetic blemishes like wrinkles and acne scarring.

What’s the effectiveness, downtime and cost for each of these laser therapies?


Typical cost for any laser procedure ranges from $150-$2500 per treatment depending on the type of laser used, session time and the size of the treated area.
In case of Erbium skin resurfacing, you make require only one laser session to treat acne scars and wrinkles.

How many treatments will you need to get the results you want?

In most documented medical studies, patients needed 5-10 laser sessions before noting a significant improvement in their skin.

How long between treatment sessions?

With clinical trials for the Nd:YAG and fractionated lasers, the time between treatments could vary between once a week to once every 6 weeks. Erbium treatments are considered to be “once and done” for a few years.

What’s the downtime?

Non-ablative lasers like Nd:YAG typically have little or no downtime. Fractionated lasers makes microscopic wounds on the skin and can be ablative, therefore the recovery period with red and peeling skin could last 7 to 10 days. Deep Erbium skin resurfacing will require 7-10 days downtime but redness may last another week or two.

What type of improvements can you expect?

Depends on the person who administers the laser treatment. Don’t blame the lasers! Lasers are safe and effective. Practitioner’s skill will vary depending on his/her training and experience.

What are the potential side effects?

Typical post-laser side effects could include hyperpigmentation, swelling and redness, which usually disappear with time.

What type of post-treatment skincare regiment will you need to follow?

Stay out of direct sunlight for a couple of weeks. Makeup is usually fine the next day, in 2-3 days after Erbium.