Laser Skin Resurfacing
Northern Virginia Laser Skin Resurfacing in Washington, D.C.
No matter what age you are, dull, lackluster skin can make you feel less attractive. Over time, facial skin can change naturally due to unavoidable factors like genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental elements such as sun exposure and pollution. However, the effects of these outside influences don’t have to be detrimental to your appearance. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the sooner you can restore the smooth, even toned skin you started out with. And it’s not just cosmetic… resurfacing procedures reverse sun damage and lower your risk of developing skin cancer. Even glowing skin is also healthy skin.
When your skin looks great, your confidence can escalate and boost your overall sense of wellness. Laser skin resurfacing can help your skin reclaim that fresh, radiant appearance you deserve.
To learn how laser skin resurfacing can boost your appearance while giving you long-lasting and immediate results, call Dr. West at The West Institute for Skin, Laser + Body Contouring at 301-986-9378 or fill out our online form today.
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing treatments effectively remove damaged skin, stimulating new skin growth and boosting collagen production. Ultimately, the treatment creates a smoother and more even complexion. Dr. West uses lasers to treat many issues, including fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scarring, textural issues, sun damage, precancers, and more.
To refresh your skin from the inside out, laser resurfacing treatments create millions of microthermal treatment zones, microscopic columns of controlled energy that stimulate your own cells to replace damaged collagen with fresh, healthy-looking skin.
What are the Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Patients who receive laser skin resurfacing can benefit from the following results:
- Smoother and tighter skin
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduced acne scars & imperfections
- New collagen generation
- Enhanced skin tone and texture
- Reversal of cumulative sun-damage
- In many cases, laser skin resurfacing treatments can reverse the early signs of aging, restoring a natural radiance to your appearance.
What Laser Skin Resurfacing Methods Can I Choose From?
Clear + Brilliant®
Clear + Brilliant is the first FDA-approved laser resurfacing treatment to not only correct signs of aging but actually prevent them. With no downtime, Clear + Brilliant helps illuminate and improve skin tone, smooth texture, shrink pores, and boost your skin’s radiance. Clear + Brilliant is the most gentle, least downtime type of resurfacing and is commonly recommended for those in their 20’-30’s to stimulate collagen turnover as a booster to an active skincare regimen. Alternatively, Clear + Brilliant is also a procedure that we recommend several times a year as maintenance for our patients who have completed one or more Fraxel laser treatments.
What Can I Expect with Clear + Brilliant?
A typical Clear + Brilliant procedure:
- Takes around 30 minutes (not including numbing time).
- Includes applying a topical numbing before treatment to provide additional comfort.
- Utilizes the patented Intelligent Optical Tracking® technology to deliver a uniform application to all treated areas.
On average, one to two days of redness and tenderness, along with one to four days of a “sandpaper” feeling or skin dryness, are standard. Patients should not use products that will cause irritation at this time. Most can return to their daily routine after treatment but are advised to follow Dr. West’s specific aftercare instructions closely.
How Long Do Clear + Brilliant Results Last?
The results of treatment are both immediate and progressive. A few days after the treatment, the skin will start to feel softer and have improved tone, texture and radiance. Results can last for months and are complemented by regular application of an active cosmeceutical grade skincare regimen, which will be customized for you by your treating practitioner. For optimal long-term results, four treatments annually are recommended for most patients.
With its patented technology, Fraxel is a fractional, non-ablative laser that targets both the superficial and deeper layers of skin for a fresher, smoother, and more youthful appearance. The deeply penetrating laser energy helps stimulate your body’s own collagen production. Fraxel is the optimal procedure for erasing acne scars, evening out brown and red spots, shrinking the appearance of pores, and improving texture.
What Can I Expect with Fraxel Dual?
A typical Fraxel Dual procedure:
- Takes around 30 minutes to perform (not including numbing time).
- Includes a potent topical numbing ointment applied to the treatment area for patient comfort.
- Utilizes an integrated skin cooling system to keep the skin at an optimal temperature.
Immediately after the procedure, the area will be tender, and patients will experience some pinpoint bleeding. For the first two to three days, patients can expect redness, throbbing, swelling (like a sunburn). Then between days three to five, the skin will start to roughen up and peel. After the outer layer of skin has peeled, the skin will be slightly pink for the next several weeks. This will improve gradually.
How Long Do Fraxel Dual Results Last?
The results of Fraxel Dual are both immediate and progressive. Soon after the treatment, the surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother, looking brighter and displaying a more even tone. The next three-to-six months will bring more improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to create new collagen. If patients continue with an effective cosmeceutical grade skincare routine, the results from the treatment can last for years.
AcuPulse™ CO2 Laser
AcuPulse is a stronger fractional laser that is “ablative,” meaning that it sends columns of laser energy into the dermis, creating tiny holes (smaller than a hair) that result in skin tightening in addition to improvement in wrinkles, tone, pore size, pigment, and skin texture including acne and other types of scarring. AcuPulse carbon dioxide laser resurfacing successfully treats acne scarring, etched wrinkles (including wrinkles above the lip) and is the gold-standard device for smoothing and tightening crepey, finely wrinkled skin under (and above) the eyes.
What Can I Expect with AcuPulse?
A typical AcuPulse Procedure:
- Can be expected to last approximately 30-45 minutes (not including numbing time).
- Includes a topical cream that will be applied to the target area to minimize discomfort.
- Uses SuperPulse™ technology to reduce patient discomfort, downtime, and risk of side effects.
Patients typically experience redness, peeling, swelling, and irritation for the five to fourteen days, after which they can resume their daily activities. Mild pink discoloration may last one to several months. Patients are encouraged to avoid prolonged sun exposure and follow Dr. West’s aftercare instructions carefully.
How Long do AcuPulse Results Last?
The results, as well as new collagen production, after ablative skin resurfacing continue to improve over at least twelve months following laser treatment. Results are maximized and maintained with a long-term daily skincare regimen that includes sun protection and active topical products such as cosmeceutical grade retinoids.
Why Should I Choose Dr. West for Laser Skin Resurfacing in Chevy Chase, MD?
Dr. Tina West brings over twenty years of experience to her practice as a board-certified dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, and body contouring procedures. Dr. West’s extensive training and unique techniques help her provide highly individualized results for each of her patients, making her your number one choice for laser skin resurfacing in Northern Virginia.
Dr. West understands how important looking good is to a patient’s confidence, and she brings this supportive perspective to all her patients. For Dr. West, the most rewarding aspect of her career is watching her patients attain their aesthetic goals, gain confidence, and feel more attractive.
Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Consultation with Dr. West
After you’ve been welcomed to the practice by Dr. West and her team, you will be asked about your aesthetic goals. Together, Dr. West will work with you to determine the best plan to achieve these aims. If you decide that laser skin resurfacing is your best treatment option, Dr. West will perform the procedure based on the specifications determined during your consultation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Follow-Up & After Care with Dr. West
After your procedure, Dr. West will educate you on ways to maintain your results or recommend other procedures to enhance them. We will keep an open line of communication to ensure you can reach us quickly with any issues. Our goal is to form a trusting relationship with each of our patients along their path towards rejuvenation.
Ready to Meet a Younger-Looking You?
Revitalized skin is within your grasp. With laser skin resurfacing treatments, reversing or preventing the early signs of aging to maintain your skin’s youthful glow is easier than ever.
To learn more about laser skin resurfacing in Chevy Chase, MD, contact The West Institute for Skin, Laser + Body Contouring at 301-986-9378 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation today!
Northern Virginia Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQs
Due to each individual’s needs and aesthetic goals, laser skin resurfacing is a highly customizable procedure that can be performed on multiple areas of the body. As such, the cost of your laser skin resurfacing procedure will vary based on the methods used and the areas of skin treated. West will provide a more accurate price breakdown for your treatment after you have been evaluated.
The West Institute offers treatments for skin tightening, redness & rosacea, brown spots & birthmarks, stretchmarks & scars, skin cancer & mole removal, and aesthetician services. Be sure to also check out all of the other comprehensive state-of-the-art non-invasive and minimally invasive face and body treatments available at the West Institute.