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Fractional Laser Treatments

Fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments use advanced laser technology to target skin imperfections without harming surrounding tissue. This technology is able to precisely treat microscopic areas of skin using pinpoint laser columns just below the skin’s surface, which allows the skin to heal quickly. Most Washington DC laser skin resurfacing procedures can be performed in thirty minutes or less with minimal discomfort and excellent long-term results.


What Does the Fractional Laser Treat?

The Fractional laser effectively treats:

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scarring
  • Textural irregularities
  • Surgical scars on the face, neck, hands, shoulders, chest, arms and legs

Our laser skin resurfacing stimulates the body’s own natural healing process which replaces damaged skin with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.

GentleMax Pro® Laser Hair Removal and Skin Treatment

  • A Laser for Everyone and Every Condition

    Trust GentleMax Pro to remove unwanted hair

    GentleMax Pro uses laser technology to deliver an intense but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin, delivering a controlled amount of therapeutic heat to the target area safely and effectively.

  • What Can I Expect During Laser Treatment?

    Treatment will take place in your practitioner’s office. Your practitioner will use a small handheld device to deliver each laser pulse. A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the treatment area and the condition being treated.

  • Does It Hurt?

    Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. This discomfort resolves quickly and is minimized by the patented Dynamic Cooling Device™(DCD™) or air cooling.

    For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner.

  • How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?

    Generally, you will need at least 4-6 sessions spaced 4-10 weeks apart to achieve 70-90% hair reduction. The cycle of hair growth has three phases and laser is effective in the active growing phase. 4 to 6 treatments are needed to target ALL hair in this phase.

How Do I Prepare for Treatment?

Hair removal patients should prepare by complying with the following:

  • Avoid plucking, electrolysis or waxing for six weeks prior to treatment
  • If you have a history of herpes simplex virus, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed.
  • Skin should be clean-shaven and thoroughly cleansed, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetics or self-tanning products before laser treatment.
  • Do not expose the intended treatment area to sunlight or tanning booth light prior to or immediately after treatment.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment. Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours.

What Precautions Should I Take After Treatment?

After your laser skin resurfacing in Washington DC, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above). In the first few days after treatment, don’t scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers. Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.

Are There Side Effects?

Permanent side effects are rare, and may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (a laser bruise) in the treated area — these usually do not last more than a few days. Be sure to discuss potential side effects with your practitioner.

Are Laser Treatments Covered by Insurance?

Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures. Some carriers will, however, cover the treatment of disfiguring birthmarks such as hemangiomas. Consult your insurance carrier for information.

How Much Do Treatments Cost?

Cost depends on the area and condition being treated. Discuss your cosmetic goals with a member of our team to learn more.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Washington DC

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Starting Monday, May 11th we will resume seeing patients in the office. Initially, you can expect digital check-ins, eliminating the need for a crowded waiting room, as well as the option for virtual appointments upon request. In addition, we have implemented the following changes:

  • Daily health screenings for our employees.
  • Mandatory facial coverings for employees and patients.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
  • Appointment check-in process allowing patients to wait in the safety of their own vehicles.
  • Optimized use of our patient portal to offer contact-free communication and payment options.
  • Complimentary shipping for all skincare products.

Prior to appointments, patients will be asked to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms posed by the questionnaire, you will be asked to postpone your appointment and a virtual visit will be arranged.

We appreciate your cooperation as we transition to this new way of practicing medicine. Our goal is to provide the treatment and service you are accustomed to, even though it may look a little different than it has in the past.

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