Dear valued patients,
We are happy to inform you that we are now geared to provide you with a safe and worry-free dermatology experience despite the Coronavirus situation. Another step we have taken in this regard is to have all our staff members vaccinated for COVID-19. Vaccination is one of the main steps we can take to contain the spread of the virus, thereby ensuring the health and safety of our patients and staff.

Both our offices are now fully opened for business and are equipped with WiFi. We have made these additions to make your experience at our office more pleasant, comfortable, and convenient. Please note we are still shipping skincare products and order requests can be made via

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Skin Resurfacing

Skin Resurfacing Treatment at Washington, DC, and Annapolis, MD

At Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, P.C. our offices are equipped with the best of the latest technology. We use the Fraxel® laser for skin resurfacing. This gentle treatment can improve the texture and the color of skin on the face, chest, arms, hands, and other areas with minimal downtime and the oversight of a board-certified dermatologist for superior safety.

This single machine can produce two different wavelengths of light, which can be used independently or together. One is used for deep collagen tightening, and resurfacing for patients with deep scars or wrinkles. The other, more superficial option is used to improve the appearance of freckling, pigmentation, and fine lines.

One of the greatest benefits of this procedure, as compared to older resurfacing methods, is that it can be used beyond the jaw line. It is a wonderful option for rejuvenating skin on the neck, chest, décolletage, and arms. These areas are typically very telling of an individual’s age, because many people begin protecting their faces from sun exposure long before they begin protecting the rest of their bodies.

This is also a great solution for reducing the appearance of stretch marks. This is a common concern among adolescents following growth spurts, as well as pregnant women. Several treatment sessions with the deeper wavelength (15/50 nanometer) can flatten and soften the appearance of stretch marks.

The procedure is performed with topical anesthetic for your comfort. It takes between one and two hours for the area to become numbed, and the actual treatment takes from 15-30 minutes. The Fraxel® laser utilizes fractionated erbium, which creates thermal heating zones with microscopic fractions of skin left unaffected. This facilitates expedited healing. A few days after treatment skin will gently slough off, revealing brighter, smoother skin with a rosy glow. Most patients are fully healed in about three to five days.

Skin resurfacing at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery - Dr. Cheryl M. Burgess

Skin resurfacing at the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery - Dr. Cheryl M. Burgess

What is skin resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing is a term that we use to define smoothing the skin. Sometimes there are textural divots in the skin. Enlarged pores could be something of an unwanted texture.

So it just depends on what you’re looking at. A lot of times, it’s referring to acne scarring. Resurfacing of the skin is a technique where we use several modalities to do that.

Sometimes we use a laser, particularly if there are depressions and discoloration.

What are the devices used to do skin resurfacing?
I want to address multiple issues and not just one at a time. So I will choose devices that are going to do that. Therefore, I would choose a device that is resurfacing and lightening.

We also see microdermabrasion, micro-needling, and radio frequency all combined in the same device. We can also go back to the older method, which is chemical peeling. Chemical peeling has been around since the days of Cleopatra.

They are stapled to a lot of the things that we do because they can treat acne at the same time, smoothen the skin, exfoliate the skin, help with the pores, stimulate collagen, etc.

We also can use lasers that can resurface like a fractionated erbium or fractionated CO2 laser. They are a bit different, and they put tiny holes in the skin to rebuild collagen.

Why should one visit the Center for Dermatology for skin resurfacing?
There are many ways that you can resurface the skin, polish it, and make it look more smooth and even. It’s very important to have an assortment of devices and methods because not all scars or unevennesses are treated the same way.

So I advise people to go to the Center for Dermatology or other dermatology offices that have an array of different devices that you can use to resurface the skin. Therefore it will encompass all skin types, not just the lighter skin types.

Feel free to call us and learn more about skin resurfacing.

Fractional resurfacing is an excellent option for men and women seeking discreet, convenient resurfacing. There is no lingering redness to be disguised with cosmetics. To learn more about fractional resurfacing, or to schedule an appointment at Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, P.C. call (202) 955 - 5757

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