Washington, DC area doctor explains the benefits of laser skin resurfacing
Washington, DC area doctor, Dr. Cheryl Burgess, works routinely with patients in the area who are interested in improving their skin’s texture and tone. The facial skin is exposed to the elements every day and can appear dull and tired after time. With treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, or “fractional laser rejuvenation,” patients can enhance their skin’s appearance and enjoy a more youthful, refreshed look with one or more treatments.
What is fractional laser resurfacing?
Dr. Cheryl Burgess describes fractional laser resurfacing as a skin treatment that is used to correct cosmetic flaws. Some of the more common concerns that are treated with this procedure include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne scarring
- Early signs of aging
- Brown spots/age spots
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Overall skin texture and uneven complexion
The procedure uses fractional laser energy that penetrates deep within the skin. It is administered by a trained, experienced professional such as Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her staff, and in just one treatment, patients will notice dramatic improvements in their skin’s appearance. The treatment device allows for adjustments and customization, ensuring patients get the degree of precision needed to treat areas of the face, especially those that are significantly more delicate than others.
What can I expect from my appointment?
First, patients consult with the doctor to make sure they are an appropriate candidate for fractional laser skin resurfacing. Most patients of all skin types and colors will find that this treatment might benefit them. A special numbing solution is applied to the skin to ensure patient comfort, and the laser device is used along the skin to provide deep penetration. Patients are comfortable during their procedure, though redness and swelling may appear over the first few hours following treatment. Patients will want to take some time off social activities as the skin heals. During this time, patients will notice a crusting on their skin that should not be picked at or pulled off. Patients should also avoid sun exposure for about a week or two immediately following their treatment. The entire process allows for the skin cells to rejuvenate and collagen to form, tightening and toning the skin.
What side effects might I notice from treatment?
Common side effects of fractional laser skin resurfacing include:
- Redness or pink skin after treatment
- Mild swelling
- Crusting of the skin
- Brown discoloration
- Pigmentation loss
- Low risk of scarring
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Am I a candidate for fractional laser skin resurfacing?
Dr. Cheryl Burgess and her staff at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery assists patients in Washington, DC with a wide selection of aesthetic solutions, including surgical and nonsurgical skin treatments. If you want to discuss the benefits of fractional laser skin resurfacing with an experienced team of providers, we highly encourage you to book a consultation visit at our practice located at 2311 M Street NW, Suite #504. We also have a location available in Annapolis, MD. Call the friendly front office team to request an appointment at (202) 955 - 5757.
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