Stretchmarks | Scars

Stretchmarks/Scars in Washington, DC, by Dr. West

Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser

The Candela™ V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser® is the gold-standard laser for the treatment of redness, scars, keloids, stretchmarks and birthmarks. It is gentle enough to be used on infants as young as a week of age.

To learn more about why patients choose Dr. Tina West  in Potomac, Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Washington DC, and the Northern Virginia area, please continue reading or schedule your personalized assessment today.

The Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser delivers an intense but gentle burst of yellow light to the skin, and the light is specifically absorbed by the blood vessels in the dermis. These blood vessels are coagulated and then reabsorbed by the body during the natural healing process. Some patients may feel slight discomfort, but this is minimized by Candela’s dynamic cooling device which delivers a cooling spray prior to each laser pulse.

Most candidates for pulsed-dye laser treatment require one to three treatment sessions (4-8 weeks apart) to achieve maximal results. Dr. West will recommend the appropriate number of treatments needed based on the treatment area/severity of the condition.

Is the Candela V-Beam Laser Right For Me?

The Candela V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser may be perfect for those looking to treat scars or stretchmarks anywhere on the body. For indented (atrophic) or raised (hypertrophic or keloids) scars that are pink or red, treatment with the V-Beam laser will not only target redness, but will also help to flatten the treated area.

Dr. West and team will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.

Improvement is typically noticeable after the first treatment.

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Dr. Tina West is a board-certified dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery, and body contouring procedures. For over 20 years, Dr. West has dedicated her practice to providing natural-looking results and full patient satisfaction. Dr. West invites you to visit The West Institute for a friendly and informative consultation.

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Fraxel Dual For Stretchmark Treatment

Fraxel Dual® is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser used to stimulate new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which makes skin smoother, plumper, and more elastic. During this process, new skin is brought to the surface, which effectively replaces damaged, discolored skin cells. Fraxel Dual uses two different wavelengths of light to target fine wrinkles, scars, stretchmarks, and uneven skin tone and brown spots caused by aging and sun exposure. Fraxel Dual is also FDA-approved to reverse sun damage and precancers (actinic keratoses).

The Fraxel Dual laser features two lasers with different wavelengths. One of the lasers targets pigmentation and sun damage, while the other laser goes deeper to target wrinkles, textural irregularities, scarring, and stretchmarks. The energy delivered by the Fraxel Dual laser creates thousands of tiny, deep columns in the skin, stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace old, damaged cells.

The results of scar and stretchmark treatment with the Fraxel Dual laser are permanent.

Is Fraxel Dual Right For Me?

If you are interested in diminishing the appearance of stretchmarks, redness, or scars, this treatment may be right for you. The Fraxel Dual laser can be used effectively on most skin types; however, patients must be willing to stay out of the sun pre-and-post treatment.

Dr. West and team will meet with you to identify if this treatment is best to meet your needs and goals.

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If you would like to take the next step toward a more confident you, Dr. West invites you to reach out and schedule a personalized assessment! Our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your many incredible skin rejuvenation options offered at The West Institute.