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I am a self-proclaimed minimalist when it comes to my daily skincare and make-up regimen. I always have been. I’m not getting any younger, as they say, and since having children I have started to question my conservative ways. Although I did not get the “pregnancy mask,” I have a lot of freckles and they seemed to merge together in some places on my face. Or are they sun and/or age spots? Whatever the case, I’m sure many of you can relate that you have very little time or energy to devote to skincare and makeup. This is where the Erbium Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment comes in. I only wish I had known about this after I had my first child.
I remember in those early months feeling like I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I can also recall with particular clarity the first time I fixed my hair and applied makeup. I looked at myself in the mirror and thought “I know you!” I returned to work when Mark was 12 weeks so I had to throw some makeup on in the morning, but I felt as though I was having to apply more than before, what with all these darker spots! After I had Jack, I didn’t return to work in the traditional sense so now I rarely wear any makeup. Accordingly, I avoid mirrors most days. I was truly excited to try this procedure to see if it would improve my skin and provide the glow I so desire.
At the time of writing this post, I am 4 days post-op and currently the treated skin is peeling off, but I can already tell that my skin is tighter and the age/sun spots are disappearing. The Erbium laser treats fine lines, acne scars and sun damage by reaching the epidermis, the most outer layer of skin. Some women find that they need 2 or 3 Erbium laser treatments to achieve optimal results.
Erbium Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Dr. Kirchner’s incredibly welcoming and friendly staff will apply a topical analgesic to your face prior to the laser treatment. The procedure itself is not painful, and the numbing cream really goes a long way to ensure your comfort. There were only a couple of sensitive areas for me that I would describe as mild discomfort. The laser treatment lasted approximately 15 minutes. Because I could not see during the procedure due to the protective eye wear, Dr. Kirchner led me step-by-step through the entire process, making it an enjoyable experience.
The Erbium laser is not as deep as the Cortex laser (another option offered by Dr. Kirchner) and thus, the recovery time is much faster. A few hours after the procedure, my face felt wind burned. Again, not painful. Once that cleared up, my recovery has been relatively simple. Dr. Kirchner’s staff will liberally apply Aquaphor (a greasy lotion with a feeling kind of like Vaseline) after the treatment and you should keep some on hand for the days immediately following. I did not experience any swelling, but if it does occur you can use ice to reduce. For the first 48 hours I applied Aquaphor liberally. On day 3, my skin felt tight and slightly itchy but not unbearable and I maintained a thin layer of Aquaphor. On day 5, I will return to my normal skin care regimen.
Why Dr. Kirchner?
Dr. Kevin Kirchner is an award-winning, board-certified, fellowship-trained Ophthalmologist who provides full spectrum eye care needs from routine eye exams to complex and delicate eye surgery. He completed his Ophthalmology residency training before being selected for a fellowship in Oculoplastics, Orbit and Neuro-Ophthalmic surgery. To say he is qualified is a gross understatement. Not only his medical knowledge and training vast, he has a warm bedside manner that makes you feel entirely comfortable and at peace with his care and treatment. His staff is likewise just as friendly and inviting. He offers cosmetic procedures such as the Erbium and Cortex laser procedures but he is also the only physician in New Orleans to offer Neuro-Ophthamology, and one of the very few who specializes in Ocular Plastics. His office, New Orleans Eye Specialists, is a “one stop shop.” You can get your skin taken care of and have your eyes examined/treated, and your children can be treated by Dr. Robert Balkan, a pediatric Ophthalmologist. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Kirchner for your basic eye needs and I suggest all moms give the Erbium Skin Resurfacing treatment a try if it is of interest to you. You will not be disappointed.