Lasers have been used for many years to enhance the skin and dermatological care continues to improve the effectiveness of these services. Laser light has been shown to be incredibly effective at addressing problems such as hyperpigmentation, aging skin and even treating conditions such as acne. When patients come to the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery interested in learning about treatment options for a variety of concerns, they may be introduced to the advantages of having laser therapies performed on their skin.

Laser treatment is safe and effective and our practice only uses FDA-cleared devices on our patients. This includes Fraxel®, Nd:Yag lasers and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). These devices are readily available at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery for patients in and around the communities of Annapolis, MD and Washington, DC ready to target skin concerns.

Fractionated Erbium (Fraxel)

Fraxel® is a laser treatment that is performed using the fractionated erbium device. This emits laser lights that provide a non-ablative treatment with less downtime than other laser services. Fraxel® is perfect for patients who want to achieve beautiful skin quickly and easily with today’s technology.

Our board certified dermatologist will provide this FDA-cleared device to enhance the skin, targeting problems such as aging skin and dull, poorly textured complexions.



The Nd:Yag laser, also referred to as the Neodymium Yag laser, is a special device that can be used one of two ways, to treat veins on the legs or to provide laser hair removal.

Dr. Cheryl Burgess of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery is a board certified dermatologist who is excited to offer the Nd:Yag laser and many other technologically advanced solutions for her patients to improve the health and appearance of their skin and body.

Nd:YAG Laser

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light treatments are a great way for patients to enjoy beautiful skin. This treatment uses a special wavelength of light that penetrates into the deeper layer of the skin to stimulate collagen and improve skin laxity.

Patients who undergo intense pulsed light are educated on what to expect before, during and after the treatments. After patients have IPL services, it is very important for them to wear sunscreen and reduce their sun exposure, as their skin may be more sensitive than it was before.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment among our patients in Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD. The procedure uses a concentrated laser beam to remove unwanted facial and body hair in men and women. It is a process that utilizes both light and heat to damage the hair follicles in the body, inhibiting or delaying future hair growth.

Common treatment areas include the chin, upper lip, armpits, legs, and bikini line. However, we can successfully treat unwanted hair in almost any part of the body except the area around the eyebrows and eyelids.

Laser Hair Removal


If you have acne and are finding it difficult to treat it with over-the-counter topical treatments and oral medications, it may be time to speak to a professional about alternative skincare treatment options.

Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her team at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery in Washington, DC, and Annapolis, Maryland, can help with skincare treatments such as TheraclearX acne treatment.

TheraClearX Device

Fraxel® and the Nd:Yag lasers are used for skin resurfacing and can provide more immediate results. They are more aggressive, however and patients may need to book several days of social downtime. Taking good care of the skin and avoiding sun exposure during this time can facilitate in faster healing times. The procedures are done to essentially resurface the skin by removing the upper layers and stimulating collagen production. This improves the overall texture and tone of the skin in a dramatic way.

Patients who want to reduce their downtime associated with treatment may be better suited for IPL (intense pulsed laser) treatment. This is less aggressive, but patients will need to have a series of treatments done to achieve the same results at they could with more traditional laser therapies. Discussing the possibilities for treatment is best with a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Cheryl Burgess.

Ready to find out more about the advantages of quality laser treatments with an experienced, trained dermatologist? If so, contact Dr. Cheryl Burgess of the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery today to book a consultation appointment. We recommend speaking with a professional at our practice about the ways of enhancing the skin and body with quality services.

Laser hair removal at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery - Dr. Cheryl M. Burgess

What is laser hair removal?
At the Center for Dermatology, we have a number of energy and light devices that can help with a lot of modalities or cosmetic procedures.

My workhorse is my laser hair removal. No one on the planet wants to be hairy; therefore, this invention and technology have taken off like wildfire.

How do you select a laser depending on the skin type?
Not all lasers are intended for all skin types. The best candidates are those who have black hair, coarse hair or thick hair and less pigment to distract the skin from the laser.

So there are lasers that are suitable for skin of color as well. The intensive treatments that are light devices tend not to be suitable for skin of color.

Those are the IPLs or Intense Pulse Light devices. I have that in my office because I use it on my white patients.

A lot works very well for photodamage, which is the discoloration of the skin due to the sun and blood vessels that can break out along the nose or on the cheeks.

What can one expect at the Center for Dermatology?
I have an array of devices that are very suitable for all the patients I see in my office. Be careful when you seek out consultations because people sometimes need to do a test spot on you.

I offer that to my patients if need be. We cover at the Center for Dermatology a number of electric, laser and light devices suitable for any elective cosmetic procedure.

Feel free to call us and learn more about laser hair removal.