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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Laser Tattoo Removal

    If you live in the Arlington or Alexandria VA area, don’t worry we have all your tattoo removal needs covered.

    Learn all that you need to know about our tattoo removal and other services for Alexandria and Arlington residents. We provide a full array of laser aesthetic services in addition to removing unwanted ink or providing cover-ups so your next piece of body are is the right fit.

    If you regret getting a tattoo, you’re not alone! What seemed like a good idea in your 20s may no longer fit into your current lifestyle. Thanks to advancements in laser technology, you no longer have to live with tattoo regret. You can remove your tattoo with Laser Tattoo Removal Technology now.

    How does laser tattoo removal work?

    The Quanta Q plus C laser injects the skin with a nanosecond intense light, which penetrates the skin to break up the ink particles in the tattoo. Shattering the tattoo ink makes the particles smaller allowing the body’s immune system to remove the pigments over time. The laser energy is safe and effective, and only targets the pigmented portion of the skin, leaving the surrounding skin unharmed.

    How long does the tattoo removal process take?

    Each treatment is very short and total time varies from seconds to minutes depending on the size of the tattoo and the type of treatment. The number of sessions needed is determined by the Kirby-Desai scale and varies because of several factors: your skin tone, location of the tattoo, the density of the ink, the type of ink, the color, professional vs amateur tattoos, and your immune system. The Kirby-Desai scale is used to determine the number of treatments needed. Each treatment is repeated at a minimum of 7 weeks apart.

    What should I do before treatment?

    Weeks prior to treatment avoid the sun and wait for tan to fade if area has been exposed to sun. Use sunscreen to prevent pigment changes on and around tattoo. Day of treatment, wash and clean the skin, shave the tattoo area and avoid lotions or putting anything on skin prior to treatment.

    Does tattoo removal hurt?

    Your skin may have a frosted appearance immediately after removal treatment. This is a result of gas bubbles that make the skin look frosted and white. In approximately 20 minutes this frosting will fade. The treated area may have mild redness and swelling and will subside usually within several hours. There is a possibility that some small blisters or pinpoint bleeding may occur. The treated area will be covered with antibiotic ointment and gauze dressing to keep the area clean.Complete aftercare instructions and ointment will be given at the time of removal. It is recommended that you rest and elevate area treated and limit activity for 24 hours post treatment. An ice compress can be applied periodically. For discomfort, Tylenol can be taken, but avoid Aspirin and other anti- inflammatory medications. Do not pop or remove any scabs or blisters. Your skin may be flaky, dry or itchy for several weeks after treatment. Do not pick or irritate treated skin. Using your ointment will be helpful. Avoiding sun exposure is critical as it can cause pigment changes and scarring. Applying sunscreen to treated area is required, and swimming should be avoided until treated area is completely healed.

    How long do I have to wait between treatments?

    The recovery time varies with each individual. We generally suggest 6 weeks between treatments. However, depending on the individual’s immune system and how well they are healing 10-16 weeks between treatments may be required.

    Can I have only part of my tattoo removed?

    Absolutely. Laser tattoo removal is very precise and we can remove specific areas of your tattoo.

    Will I see changes after each treatment?

    According to the FDA there are over 100 color additives available for use in tattoo ink. Because of the inconsistency in tattoo ink used by different tattoo shops in the United States, and each client being different, you may not see a drastic change after each session, although most clients will see immediate changes after each treatment. We photograph and record each tattoo before treatment so you can trace your progress.

    Is tattoo removal safe? Are there any side effects or risks of tattoo removal?

    The chances of scarring are very low because new laser technology reduces the side effects of tattoo removal. Scarring can occur if client aftercare instructions are not followed. Additionally, risk of infection is also a possibility if aftercare treatment is not followed. Changes in skin pigment can also occur making the treated area noticeably lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. Therefore, it’s important that your laser technician look over your medical history during your consultation because there is an increased risk for those with auto immune diseases, diabetes and other skin conditions.

    Who should not have laser tattoo removal?

    Individuals who should not have laser tattoo removal are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, individuals who experienced an allergic reaction when getting their tattoo, anyone prone to keloid scarring, those with autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and other skin conditions.

    Why use Quanta Q plus C laser and NOT the Picosure laser?

    Quanta Q plus C


    • Nanosecond pulses
    • Treats ALL tattoo colors
    • Safest and most efficient laser treatment
    • Costs less

    vs


    Picosure


    • Picosecond pulses
    • CANNOT treat all tattoo colors
    • Claims faster clearance
    • Triple the cost per treatment
  • Laser Hair Removal

    Laser Hair Removal Services in Fairfax County Virginia

    Are you tired and not happy with shaving, plucking, and waxing? Do you get acne, ingrown hairs, or a rash when removing unwanted hair? If so, consider laser hair removal for the most efficient, low maintenance, and permanent hair removal solution. Thanks to recent advancements in laser technology, most people can safely be treated; making laser hair removal the most sought after cosmetic laser treatments for men and women in the United States.

    How does laser hair removal work?

    Laser hair removal works by emitting a highly concentrated beam of light through the skin that is designed to selectively penetrate the hair follicle. The pigment in the hair follicle absorbs the laser light, which causes permanent damage to the hair follicles and prevents further growth. Since hair removal is only effective when the hair is actively growing, a series of treatments are needed to achieve desired results.

    How does hair grow?

    Many factors influence hair growth such as age, ethnicity, hormonal changes and medication. Additionally, where the hair is located influences the length, coarseness, and color.

    The amount of hair you have depends on how many hairs are in their active growth cycle and how long that cycle lasts. The life cycle of hair revolves through three phases of growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.

    Anagen (Growth Phase)

    This is the phase when the hair is actively growing in which the hair bulb is intact. During the early stages of this phase, the bulb is closest to the surface of the skin and contains an abundance of melanin (pigment) and is the most effective time for laser hair removal treatment.

    Catagen (End of Growth Phase)

    During this regression phase, the hair follicle becomes detached from the hair shaft which cuts off the blood supply. Although the hair is no longer growing it is not shed from the body.

    Telogen (Resting Phase)

    There is no growth during this phase. The hair bulb is no longer present and these dead hairs will fall out or be pushed out by a new hair follicle.

    How many treatments are needed?

    Due to the fact that not all hair is actively growing at once, multiple sessions are needed.

    What areas can be treated?

    All parts of the body can be treated: arms, bikini, back, chest, face, legs, neck, etc.

    Does it hurt?

    Our Quanta Pronto laser employs a built-in cooling device to minimize the client’s discomfort during a laser treatment, which makes the treatment virtually painless.

    Who is a good candidate for laser hair removal?

    The Quanta Pronto laser uses diode laser technology, which is FDA approved to treat all skin types 1-VI and is safe to use all year round and on individuals with a tan. However, white hair cannot be effectively treated because it lacks melanin (pigment).

    How long does the laser hair removal process take?

    Treatment time can take seconds to minutes. Our laser utilizes the fastest technology and has the ability to treat an area at 12 hertz per second. An area the size of a man’s back can be treated in minutes.

    What should I do before treatment?

    Prior to the treatment hairs should be recently shaved and no longer than 1-2mm long. If longer hair is treated, the excessive hair growth will cause the wavelength to disperse throughout the hair. This will negatively impact results because the maximum amount of energy will not be absorbed into the follicle. It is also important not to pluck or wax hair 4 to 6 weeks prior to treatment because this will ensure that there is enough melanin (pigment) in the follicle to absorb the laser energy.

    What should I do after treatment?

    • Apply cold compress or Aloe Vera gel if there is itching and skin irritation.Avoid hot baths, sauna, rubbing, and massage for a couple days after treatment.
    • Avoid hot baths, sauna, rubbing, and massage for a couple days after treatment.
    • Avoid scratching the skin and picking scabs.
    • Avoid using cosmetics and creams/scrubs that can cause allergic reactions or irritate the skin.
    • Avoid using perfume on treated areas.
    • Avoid shaving the treated area until any redness or discoloration has resolved.
    • Do not suntan and wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or more when outdoors for 4 weeks after treatment.
    • Do not use spray tans or self-tanning lotions for 1 week after treatment.
    • Avoid waxing, plucking, and bleaching to achieve the best results.
    • Drink plenty of water.

    Who is NOT a good candidate for laser hair removal?

    • Avoid laser treatment if you have the following contraindications:
    • Recent sunburn, suntan, and spray tan within 4 weeks of treatment.
    • Recent waxing, plucking, exfoliating, scrubbing, and bleaching.
    • Skin trauma, wounds, sores, lesions, rash, and skin diseases.
    • Breastfeeding or pregnant.
    • Autoimmune conditions.
    • If you are using medication, herbs, and creams that cause photosensitivity such as Accutane and Retin-A
    • History of scarring (keloid, hypertrophic).
    • History of skin cancer.
    • High blood pressure, epilepsy or seizures induced by flashing light, heart conditions, chemotherapy, or untreated diabetes.
    • Current cold, flu, or high fever.
    • Active herpes.
    • Tattoo or permanent makeup in treatment area.
    • Unrealistic expectations.

    What are the benefits of laser hair removal?

    Treatments are very fast. You will save time and money in the long run. You no longer have to worry about ingrown hairs, rashes, cuts, and pimples after shaving and waxing. You will no longer have to worry about unwanted hair removal upkeep.

    What are the possible risks/side effects?

    Swelling and redness can occur a few says after treatment. Temporary changes in skin color such as hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation can occur. Some hairs can resist treatment and not respond well such as blond and white hairs. It is also possible for new hair to grow back finer and lighter in color.

    Is laser hair removal permanent?

    Based on clinical studies, the efficacy of laser hair removal is shown to be 90% effective at permanently reducing hair.

    What are the different types of wavelengths used for laser hair removal?

    Alexandrite, Diode, ND YAG and Ruby:

    Alexandrite (755nm) laser is a shorter wavelength, which will not penetrate the hair follicle as deeply as the diode laser. It also carries a greater risk of side effects.

    Diode (810 nm) laser is considered the gold standard in laser hair removal. The longer wavelength of the Diode laser more effectively reaches the hair follicle at the base of the hair than the shorter wavelength of the Alexandrite laser. It can be used to treat all skin types.

    Ruby (694 nm) laser is the oldest type of laser used for hair removal. It’s better suited for very fine, light hair and those with fair skin. The Ruby wavelength also has the highest risk of skin complications because of the shorter wavelength.

    Nd:Yag (1064nm) laser is the longest wavelength with the least amount of melanin absorption, and requires more treatments. This laser is better suited for very dark skin types.

    What kind of laser hair removal technology does Skin Deep use?

    At Skin Deep Laser Services, we use the Quanta Pronto Diode Laser. Our diode laser comes with two laser wavelengths the 810nm and the 940mn wavelengths which work simultaneously to treat both the pigment in the hair follicle and the vascular supply at the base of the hair to more effectively target the hair and its blood supply. The Diode laser technology is the industries “gold standard” for hair remova, and can treat all skin types. During a seventh and eighteen month analysis, clinical research has shown the diode laser to be more effective in reducing hair count and requiring fewer treatments when compared to other hair removal technology. Our Quanta Pronto laser is also the fastest on the market with a speed of 12 Hz, which can treat a man’s back in less than 10 minutes.

  • Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Fractional CO2 Laser is your best option if you want to look about 10 years younger. There is no cutting, no needles, and no bruising. One treatment provides dramatic results seen in a little over a week. This procedure is a safe, natural, and effective way to improve pore size, fine lines, wrinkles, skin elasticity, eliminate unwanted pigmentation, improve skin texture, remove skin irregularities, reduce acne scarring, eliminate unwanted pigmentation, and produces six months of continuous collagen growth after procedure.

    How does Quanta You Laser fractional CO2 skin resurfacing work?

    The Quanta You Laser is a fractionated (pixilated) carbon dioxide laser and one of the best advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. Co2 lasers have the longest wavelength of all the lasers currently on the market. A Fraxel laser skin resurfacing treatment works by sending a laser beam deep through the layers of the skin, which creates tiny spaced columns in the skin similar to a polka dot print. The skin then repairs those tiny columns by pushing out the old skin and replacing it with new. By leaving the surrounding skin around each column intact, this leaves healthy skin available which aides in a faster and safer healing process. This healing process activates the skins stem cells andputs the body’s natural collagen and elastin production on fast-forward as well as regenerating the epithelial layer on the skins surface. This regenerative process of the skin reduces wrinkles, fine lines, scarring, dull skin, age spots, uneven coloration, skin laxity, and textural irregularities.

    Who is a good candidate for fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing?

    Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a safe and effective procedure for almost any skin type. However, the best clients are those with a light skin tone, skin types 1 through 3. Skin type can be determined during your free consultation.

    Who should not get treated?

    Because of the nature of this procedure, the healing process after can be very hard on clients that suffer from an immune system disorder. Anyone who scars easily should not attempt this procedure largely for cosmetic reasons. Clients who have connective tissue disorders, such as lupus erythematosus or Siogren’s syndrome may have an increases risk of complications and for this reason should forgo this treatment. Although the fractional Co2 laser skin resurfacing procedure can be used to treat acne scarring, those with an active presence of acne are at an increased risk for infection. The presence of cold sores and herpes simplex can also increase complications during the healing process, therefore an antiviral medication such as Valtrex should be taken prior to treatment to prevent an outbreak. Individuals currently taking Accutane or those who have taken it in the last 18 months should also refrain from undergoing laser treatments as studies have shown Accutane decreases the healing capability in the skin. Women who are pregnant and breast feeding should also forgo cosmetic laser treatments due to the use of topical anesthetic.

    How long do fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatments take?

    The entire face can be treated in as little as 30 minutes. However, treatment time can vary depending on location of treatment, number of passes needed, and the use of topical anesthetic.

    Does a fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment or Fraxel laser skin resurfacing hurt?

    The treatment feels a little like a “pins and needles” sensation.Topical anesthetic is applied prior to the laser treatment and a strong stream of cold air (a Zimmer cooler) is blown on the skin during the treatment to make it virtually painless. Minimal discomfort may be felt but overall the treatment is very tolerable.

    What should I do prior to a fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment? Two to four weeks before treatment:

    • Avoid sun exposure and this includes the use of tanning beds and self-tanners.
    • Those individuals with herpes simplex and prone to cold sores should start an antiviral medication prior to getting a CO2 treatment to prevent an outbreak.
    • Stop the use of Retinols/Retin A, Renova, Tazoracor and any other anti-aging product.
    • If possible stop the use of Asprin, Advil and Aleve or any other anti-inflammatory. Tylenol is ok.
    • Stop the use of all glycolic acid treatments.
    • Stop minocycline, tetracycline, and doxycycline.
    • Stop waxing, abrasive scrubs, and microdermabrasion treatments.
    • Purchase several ice packs or frozen peas.
    • Buy Cetaphil or another similar facial cleanser.
    • Buy bleaching cream and start a regimen four weeks before treatment if you have a tendency to hyperpigment.

    What should I do the day of treatment?

    • Be on Time: You will need the full amount of time for numbing your skin
    • Eat a Meal: l 1 to 2 hours before treatment- this prevents a jittery feeling from the numbing cream
    • No Caffeine: You should not consume caffeine at least 4 hours prior to treatment.
    • Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Sweats and a button-up shirt work best.
    • Arrive without Make-Up or Contacts: Your face needs to be clean prior to treatment.
    • Bring a Hat: A wide brimmed hat works best to shield face from sun if treatment is during the day.

    How much do fractional CO2 laser treatments cost?

    Costs vary depending on where you live and the number of areas being treated. Full face treatments can vary between $1,500 – $4,000.

    How are fractional CO2 laser treatments performed?

    In order to prep the skin, you will cleanse the treatment area and your technician will then apply a topical numbing cream. Next, you will relax, read, listen to music, or watch TV while the numbing cream takes effect. After you numb for about an hour, the numbing cream will be removed and the treatment will commence. After treatment, a topical ointment will be applied to treated area.

    Can I go back to work and activities immediately?

    No, you will need to take the rest of the day off to care for treated area and ice your face. It is recommended that you take off at least a week to allow the redness of your face to subside before going out in public again.

    How many treatments will I need?

    Results are dramatic giving you the biggest improvement with just one treatment. The fractional CO2 laser is the single best treatment for skin damage and wrinkling. However, individuals with extreme wrinkles, skin damage, and scarring may want more than one treatment. Depending on the individual’s lifestyle and skin care regimen, results of fractional laser CO2 resurfacing can last for years. Treatments can be repeated every 6 moths indefinitely.

    Are there any cosmetic side effects?

    Complications with the fractional CO2 laser are rare and every client’s skin is unique, but the following can occur:

    • Pain: Most people experience little pain during treatments and after. If mild discomfort occurs after treatment Tylenol is effective for it.
    • Redness: A pink skin color may persist for two weeks or two months after treatment. In rare cases it can last three to six months. This tends to be more common in clients who have a history or flushing and blushing easily or those individuals who have existing dilated vessels on the surface of the skin.
    • Wound Healing: The Fraxel laser skin resurfacing treatment causes a superficial wound to the skin that takes approximately a week to heal. The outer layers of the skin may result in mild to moderate swelling. Ice packs can be effective for it. Crusting is rare but peeling is common. Sun sensitivity can occur for 4-6 weeks so it is recommended that you avoid the sun and wear sunblock.
    • Pigment Changes: There is a possibility that the treated area may heal with increased or decreased pigmentation. This is rare and occurs most often in darker skin clients and 2 to 6 weeks after treatment. Hyperpigmentation usually fades in 3 to 6 months, though pigment changes are rarely permanent. Bleaching cream can be effective for it.
    • Excessive Swelling: Immediately after treatment, some swelling of the skin will occur. This is temporary and will diminish over the course of a week.
    • Scarring: Although scarring is very rare, hypertrophic scars and keloid scaring can occur in very rare cases. This is why it is important to note any prior history of scarring, not to pick at skin after treatment, and to follow aftercare instructions carefully.

    What areas of the body can I treat with the fractional CO2 laser?

    It can treat areas on the face, including around the eyes and lips, and body parts including neck, arms, hands, chest, legs, back and areas prone to scarring.

    Do I have to treat the whole area or can I treat just the problem areas?

    Specific problem areas can be treated. However, it’s recommended that you consider treatment of the whole face and neck because all parts of the face age at the same time.

    How soon will I see results after my fractional CO2 laser treatment and how long will my results last?

    Immediately following your treatment, your body will naturally start working to replace aged tissue cells with new ones. Shortly after your procedure (usually the first week) you will start to notice healthier, smoother, and younger looking skin. These results with continue to improve over the next 6 months. Depending on how well you care for your skin and your lifestyle, results can last for years.

    What post-treatment care is needed following my fractional CO2 laser procedure?

    There is a list of post-care instructions that we will review with you during your free consultation. Clients will also receive a copy of take home instructions the day of treatment. These instructions include proper times to ice the skin, apply ointment, a list of medication that is safe to take, and if and when to contact a doctor.
    After treatment, it is important to take extra special care of your skin to help it heal quickly and safely. These are important precautions to take to protect your skin:

    • Food and Beverages: Drinking at least 64 oz. per day will enhance the healing process by replacing fluids lost from oozing and help reduce swelling. A cold water mist can also be used to relieve burning sensation. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as they will delay the healing process. Consume foods low in sodium and high in nutritional value. Consuming foods high in sodium will put you at risk for increase swelling and discomfort. Foods high in nutritional value will provide the vitamins, carbs, and protein that your body needs to promote healing and aid in the rejuvenation process.
    • Skin Care Products: All of the skin care products you use after treatment should be gentle and non-clogging. Some very gentle and inexpensive skin care products are: Aveeno, Cetaphill, and Neutrogena.
    • Sunscreen: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is very important to utilize proper and frequent sunscreen. Resuming sun activities are fine with sunscreen after the first 4 months of treatment. Wearing a protective hat is also recommended.
    • Moisturizer: Peeling and flaking is normal. You will be given a moisturizer along with your aftercare instructions. This product will be used until gone. After this, you need to continue using moisturizer during the remaining healing process. The moisturizer should be non-irritating and non-clogging so it can be used frequently without causing breakouts. You should apply moisturizer to your skin whenever it feels tight or dry.
    • Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, Scrubs, and Toners: Your skin will be very sensitive for the first month or so after treatment, so you should avoid products that might cause irritation. Make sure to read product labels prior to using them to prevent irritation.
    • Bleaching Creams: The use of bleaching creams (Hydroquinone) is not recommended while your skin is tender and should be discontinued until skin is healed.

    How many fractional CO2 laser treatments can I get?

    There is no limit to the number of treatments. As long as you are seeing results and you wait 4-6 months after treatment, you can have treatments indefinitely. However, it is recommended that no more than 2 areas are treated at a time. Treating more than 2 areas at a time is not advised due to the potential toxicity of numbing cream used prior to the laser treatment.

    What is the difference between a fractional erbium laser and a fractional CO2 laser?

    They use different laser technology and have different wavelengths. One is an erbium laser and the other a CO2 laser. The CO2 laser is a superior laser often referred to as the “gold standard” in laser skin resurfacing because it penetrates the skin deeper, which is why you see such dramatic results after one treatment. The erbium laser does not penetrate as deep and requires multiple treatments.

  • Scar Revision

    Fractional Co2 Laser Scar Revision

    Fractional Co2 laser scar revision is performed to reduce the appearance of scars caused by surgery or injury. While most scars do fade over time and eventually become barely noticeable, some individuals may experience disruptions to the healing process that cause scars to become raised, red, deformed, or indented.
    Many clients seek treatment to improve scars because they are embarrassed and unhappy by the appearance of these scars, especially when they are located in prominent areas. We provide the gold standard in scar revision services to help patients achieve clear, smooth skin they no longer have to be embarrassed of.

    Types of Scars:

    • Ice Pick: Ice pick scars are deep vertical pitted scars with steep edges that are usually acne related.
    • Rolling Scars: These are caused by bands of scar tissue that form under the skin causing the surface to have a rolling and uneven appearance.
    • Boxcar Scars: Round or oval looking depressions that have a crater like appearance on the skin.
    • Hypertrophic Scars: These are red, raised scars commonly found on the back and chest. They are filled with excessive collagen that may be slightly painful or itchy, although they are considered harmless and do not extend past the site of wound.
    • Keloid Scars: These are overgrown scar tissue that appears as irregularly-shaped, pink or red, raised, and may continue to grow over time. They can occur anywhere on the body, but are most common on the face, neck, chest, ears, and shoulders.
    • Contracture Scars: These are more severe scars that restrict movement as a result of tissue pulling together during the healing process. This type of scar most commonly occurs after large amounts of tissue loss as seen in burn victims and in wounds that occur on a joint.

    How does the Quanta You Laser fractional Co2 scar revision treatment work?

    The Quanta You Laser is a fractionated (pixilated) carbon dioxide laser and one of the best advances in non-surgical laser scar revision treatments. Co2 lasers have the longest wavelength of all the lasers currently on the market. A fractional Co2 treatment works by sending a laser beam deep through the layers of the skin, which creates tiny spaced columns in the skin similar to a polka dot print. The skin then repairs those tiny columns by pushing out the old skin and replacing it with new. By leaving the surrounding skin around each column intact, this leaves healthy skin available which aides in a faster and safer healing process. This healing process activates the skins stem cells and puts the body’s natural collagen and elastin production on fast-forward as well as regenerating the epithelial layer on the skins surface. This regenerative process of the skin reduces wrinkles, fine lines, scarring, dull skin, age spots, uneven coloration, skin laxity, and textural irregularities.

    Who is a good candidate for fractional Co2 laser scar revision?

    The fractional Co2 laser scar revision is a safe and effective procedure for almost any sky type. However, the best clients are those with a light skin tone, skin types 1 through 3. Skin type can be determined during your free consultation.

    Who should not get treated?

    Because of the nature of this procedure, the healing process after can be very hard on clients that suffer from an immune system disorder. Anyone who scars easily should not attempt this procedure largely for cosmetic reasons. Clients who have connective tissue disorders, such as lupus erythematosus or Siogren’s syndrome may have an increases risk of complications and for this reason should forgo this treatment. Although the fractional Co2 laser scar revision procedure can be used to treat acne scarring, those with an active presence of acne are at an increased risk for infection. The presence of cold sores and herpes simplex can also increase complications during the healing process therefore an antiviral medication such as Valtrex should be taken prior to treatment to prevent an outbreak. Individuals currently taking Accutane or those who have taken it in the last 18 month should also refrain from undergoing laser treatments as studies have shown Accutane to decrease the healing capability in the skin. Women who are pregnant and breast feeding should also forgo cosmetic laser treatments due to the use of topical anesthetic.

    How long do fractional Co2 laser scar revision treatments take?

    The entire face can be treated in as little as 30 minutes. However, treatment time can vary depending on location of treatment, number of passes needed, and the use of topical anesthetic.

    Does a fractional Co2 laser scar revision treatment hurt?

    The treatment feels a little like a “pins and needles” sensation.Topical anesthetic is applied prior to the laser treatment and a strong stream of cold air (a Zimmer cooler) is blown on the skin during the treatment to make it virtually painless. Minimal discomfort may be felt but overall the treatment is very tolerable.

    What should I do prior to a fractional Co2 laser scar revision treatment?
    Two to four weeks before treatment:

    • Avoid sun exposure and this includes the use of tanning beds and self-tanners.
    • Those individuals with herpes simplex and prone to cold sores should start an antiviral medication prior to getting a Co2 treatment to prevent an outbreak.
    • Stop the use of Retinols/Retin A, Renova, Tazorac or any other anti-aging product.
    • If possible stop the use of Asprin, Advil and Aleve or any other anti-inflammatory. Tylenol is ok.
    • Stop the use of all glycolic acid treatments.
    • Stop minocycline, tetracycline, and doxycycline.
    • Stop waxing, abrasive scrubs, and microdermabrasion treatments.
    • Purchase several ice packs or frozen peas.
    • Buy Cetaphil or another similar facial cleanser.
    • Buy bleaching cream and start a regimen four weeks before treatment if you have
      a tendency to hyperpigment.

    What should I do day of treatment?

    • Be on Time: You will need the full amount of time for numbing the skin
    • Eat a Meal: l 1 to 2 hours before treatment- this prevents a jittery feeling from the numbing cream
    • No Caffeine: You should not consume caffeine at least 4 hours prior to treatment.
    • Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Sweats and a button-up shirt work best.
    • Arrive without Make-Up or Contacts: Your face needs to be clean prior to treatment.
    • Bring a Hat: A wide brimmed hat works best to shield face from sun if treatment is during the day.

    How much do fractional Co2 scar revision treatments cost?

    Costs vary depending on where you live and the number of areas being treated. Full face treatments can vary between $1,500 – $4,000.

    How are fractional Co2 laser scar revision treatments performed?

    In order to prep the skin, you will cleanse the treatment area and your technician will then apply topical numbing cream. Next, you will relax, read, listen to music, or watch TV while the numbing cream takes effect. After you numb for about an hour, the numbing cream will be removed and the treatment will commence. After treatment a topical ointment will be applied to treated area.

    Can I go back to work and activities immediately?

    No, you will need to take the rest of the day off to care for and ice treated area. If your face is treated, it is recommended that you take off at least a week to allow the redness of your face to subside before going out in public again.

    How many treatments will I need?

    The effectiveness of Co2 laser scar reduction depends on numerous factors, including the thickness and color of your skin, the nature of the injury, your body’s healing mechanism, and the size and depth of the wound. Although the fractional Co2 laser is the single best treatment giving you the biggest results with just one treatment, individuals with extreme wrinkles, skin damage, and scarring may require more than one treatment. Depending on the individual’s lifestyle and skin care regimen, results of fractional laser Co2 resurfacing can last for years. Treatments can be repeated every 6 moths indefinitely.

    Are there any cosmetic side effects?

    Complications with the fractional Co2 laser are rare and every client’s skin is unique, but the following can occur:

    • Pain: Most people experience little pain during treatments and after. If mild discomfort occurs after treatment Tylenol is effective for it.
    • Redness: A pink skin color may persist for two weeks or two months after treatment. In rare cases it can last three to six months. This tends to be more common in clients who have a history or flushing and blushing easily or those individuals who have existing dilated vessels on the surface of the skin.
    • Wound Healing: The fractional Co2 laser treatment causes a superficial wound to the skin that takes approximately a week to heal. The outer layers of the skin may result in mild to moderate swelling. Ice packs can be effective for it. Crusting is rare but peeling is common. Sun sensitivity can occur for 4-6 weeks so it is recommended that you avoid the sun and wear sunblock.
    • Pigment Changes: There is a possibility that the treated area may heal with increased or decreased pigmentation. This is rare and occurs most often in darker skin clients and 2 to 6 weeks after treatment. Hyperpigmentation usually fades in 3 to 6 months, though pigment changes are rarely permanent. Bleaching cream can be effective for it.
    • Excessive Swelling: Immediately after treatment, some swelling of the skin will occur. This is temporary and will diminish over the course of a week.
    • Scarring: Although scarring is very rare, hypertrophic scars and keloid scaring can occur in very rare cases. This is why it is important to note any prior history of scarring, not to pick at skin after treatment, and to follow aftercare instructions carefully.

    What areas of the body can I treat with the fractional Co2 laser?

    It can treat areas on the face, including around the eyes and lips, and body parts including neck, arms, hands, chest, legs, back and areas prone to stretch marks.

    Do I have to treat the whole area or can I treat just the problem areas?

    Specific problem areas can be treated. However, it’s recommended that you consider treatment of the whole face and neck because all parts of the face age at the same time.

    How soon will I see results after my fractional Co2 laser scar revision treatment and how long will my results last?

    Immediately following your treatment, your body will naturally start working to replace aged tissue cells with new ones. Shortly after your procedure (usually the first week) you will start to notice healthier, smoother, and younger looking skin. These results with continue to improve over the next 6 months. Depending on how well you care for your skin and your lifestyle, results can last for years.

    What post-treatment care is needed following my fractional Co2 laser scar revision procedure?

    There is a list of post-care instructions that will be reviewed with you during your free consultation. Clients will also receive a copy of take home instructions the day of treatment. These instructions include proper times to ice the skin, apply ointment, a list of medication that is safe to take, and if and when to contact a doctor.
    After treatment, it is important to take extra special care of your skin to help it heal quickly and safely. These are important precautions to take to protect your skin:

    • Food and Beverages: Drinking at least 640oz. per day will enhance the healing process by replacing fluids lost from oozing and help reduce swelling. A cold water mist can also be used to relieve burning sensation. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as they will delay the healing process. Consume foods low in sodium and high in nutritional value. Consuming foods high in sodium will put you at risk for increase swelling and discomfort. Foods high in nutritional value will provide the vitamins, carbs, and protein that your body needs to promote healing and aid in the rejuvenation process.
    • Skin Care Products: All of the skin care products you use after treatment should be gentle and non-clogging. Some very gently and inexpensive skin care products are: Aveeno, Cetaphill, and Neutrogena.
    • Sunscreen: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is very important to utilize proper and frequent sunscreen. Resuming sun activities are fine with sunscreen after the first 4 months of treatment. Wearing a protective hat is also recommended.
    • Moisturizer: Peeling and flaking is normal. You will be given a moisturizer along with your aftercare instructions. This product will be used until gone. After this, you need to continue using moisturizer during the remaining healing process. The moisturizer should be non-irritating and non-clogging so it can be used frequently without causing breakouts. You should apply moisturizer to your skin whenever it feels tight or dry.
    • Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, Scrubs, and Toners: Your skin will be very sensitive for the first month or so after treatment, so you should avoid products that might cause irritation. Make sure to read product labels prior to using them to prevent irritation.
    • Bleaching Creams: The use of bleaching creams (Hydroquinone) is not recommended while your skin is tender and should be discontinued until skin is healed.

    How many fractional Co2 laser scar revision treatments can I get?

    There is no limit to the number of treatments. As long as you are seeing results and you wait 4-6 months after treatment, you can have treatments indefinitely. However, it is recommended that no more than 2 areas are treated at a time. Treating more than 2 areas at a time is not advised due to the potential toxicity of numbing cream used prior to the laser treatment.

    What is the difference between a fractional erbium laser and a fractional Co2 laser?

    They use different laser technology and have different wavelengths. One is an erbium laser and the other a Co2 laser. The Co2 laser is a superior laser often referred to as the “gold standard” in laser skin resurfacing because it penetrates the skin deeper, which is why you see such dramatic results after one treatment. The erbium laser does not penetrate as deep and requires multiple treatments.

  • Pigmented Lesion Revision

    Fractional Co2 & Q Plus C Laser Pigmented Lesion Revision

    Pigmented lesions, brown or black spots, and birthmarks are skin spots that are usually moles created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives your skin its color and areas of high melanin concentration can be present at birth, caused by age, or overexposure to the sun. The most commonly treated lesions are solar lentigines (commonly known as sun spots), freckles, and birthmarks. Most pigmented lesions, when completely removed, will not return. However, excessive sun exposure and lack of sunscreen use may cause new lesions to occur. Pigmented lesions that change in size, border shape, and color that may itch or sting should be analyzed by a Dermatologist to rule out melanoma.

    How does fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion revision work?

    The Quanta You Laser is a fractionated (pixilated) carbon dioxide laser and one of the best advances in non-surgical laser scar revision treatments. Co2 lasers have the longest wavelength of all the lasers currently on the market. A fractional Co2 treatment works by sending a laser beam deep through the layers of the skin, which creates tiny spaced columns in the skin similar to a polka dot print. The skin then repairs those tiny columns by pushing out the old skin and replacing it with new. By leaving the surrounding skin around each column intact, this leaves healthy skin available which aides in a faster and safer healing process. This healing process activates the skins stem cells and puts the body’s natural collagen and elastin production on fast-forward as well as regenerating the epithelial layer on the skins surface. This regenerative process of the skin reduces wrinkles, fine lines, scarring, dull skin, age spots, uneven coloration, skin laxity, and textural irregularities.

    Who is a good candidate for fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion revision?

    The fractional Co2 laser scar revision is a safe and effective procedure for almost any skin type. However, the best clients are those with a light skin tone, skin types 1 through 3. Skin type can be determined during your free consultation.

    Who should not get treated?

    Because of the nature of this procedure, the healing process after can be very hard on clients that suffer from an immune system disorder. Anyone who scars easily should not attempt this procedure largely for cosmetic reasons. Anyone that has a pigmented lesion that has changed in size, border shape, or color, that may itch or sting, should be analyzed by a Dermatologist to rule out melanoma prior to treatment.
    Clients who have connective tissue disorders, such as lupus erythematosus or Siogren’s syndrome may have an increases risk of complications and for this reason should forgo this treatment. Although the fractional Co2 laser scar revision procedure can be used to treat acne scarring, those with an active presence of acne are at an increased risk for infection. The presence of cold sores and herpes simplex can also increase complications during the healing process therefore an antiviral medication such as Valtrex should be taken prior to treatment to prevent an outbreak. Individuals currently taking Accutane or those who have taken it in the last 18 month should also refrain from undergoing laser treatments as studies have shown Accutane decreases the healing capability in the skin. Women who are pregnant and breast feeding should also forgo cosmetic laser treatments due to the use of topical anesthetic.

    How long do fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion revision treatments take?

    The entire face can be treated in as little as 30 minutes. However, treatment time can vary depending on location of treatment, number of passes needed, and the use of topical anesthetic.

    Does a fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion revision treatment hurt?

    The treatment feels a little like a “pins and needles” sensation.Topical anesthetic is applied prior to the laser treatment and a strong stream of cold air (a Zimmer cooler) is blown on the skin during the treatment to make it virtually painless. Minimal discomfort may be felt but overall the treatment is very tolerable.

    What should I do prior to a fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion treatment ? Two to four weeks before treatment:

    • Avoid sun exposure and this includes the use of tanning beds and self-tanners.
    • Those individuals with herpes simplex and prone to cold sores should start an antiviral medication prior to getting a Co2 treatment to prevent an outbreak.
    • Stop the use of Retinols/Retin A, Renova, Tazorac or any other anti-aging product.
    • If possible stop the use of Asprin, Advil and Aleve or any other anti-inflammatory. Tylenol is ok.
    • Stop the use of all glycolic acid treatments.
    • Stop minocycline, tetracycline, and doxycycline.
    • Stop waxing, abrasive scrubs, and microdermabrasion treatments.
    • Purchase several ice packs or frozen peas.
    • Buy Cetaphil or another similar facial cleanser.
    • Buy bleaching cream and start a regimen four weeks before treatment if you have a tendency to hyperpigment.

    What should I do the day of treatment?

    • Be on Time: You will need the full amount of time for numbing the skin
    • Eat a Meal: 1 to 2 hours before treatment- this prevents a jittery feeling from the numbing cream
    • No Caffeine: You should not consume caffeine at least 4 hours prior to treatment.
    • Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Sweats and a button-up shirt work best.
    • Arrive without Make-Up or Contacts: Your face needs to be clean prior to treatment.
    • Bring a Hat: A wide brimmed hat works best to shield face from sun if treatment is during the day.

    How much does a fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion treatment cost?

    Costs vary depending on where you live and the number of areas being treated. Full face treatments can vary between $1,500 – $4,000.

    How are fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion treatments performed?

    You will arrive 1 ½ hours before treatment so your skin can be prepped. You will cleanse the treatment area and your technician will then apply topical numbing cream. Next, you will relax, read, listen to music, or watch TV while the numbing cream takes effect. After you numb for about an hour, the numbing cream will be removed and the treatment will commence. After treatment a topical ointment will be applied to treated area.

    Can I go back to work and activities immediately?

    No, you will need to take the rest of the day off to care for and ice treated area. If face is treated, it is recommended that you take off at least a week to allow the redness of your face to subside before going out in public again.

    How many treatments will I need?

    Results are dramatic giving you the biggest improvement with just one treatment. The fractional Co2 laser is the single best treatment for pigmented lesions and is effective in completely removing the lesion. However, individuals with extreme discoloration may need more than one treatment. Although lesion removal is permanent, excessive sun exposure can result in new lesions requiring another fractional Co2 laser treatment. A proper health and skin care regimen can ensure that your results last for years. Treatments can be repeated every 6 moths indefinitely.

    Are there any cosmetic side effects?

    Complications with the fractional Co2 laser are rare and every client’s skin is unique, but the following can occur:

    • Pain: Most people experience little pain during treatments and after. If mild discomfort occurs after treatment Tylenol is effective for it.
    • Redness: A pink skin color may persist for two weeks or two months after treatment. In rare cases it can last three to six months. This tends to be more common in clients who have a history or flushing and blushing easily or those individuals who have existing dilated vessels on the surface of the skin.
    • Wound Healing: The fractional Co2 laser treatment causes a superficial wound to the skin that takes approximately a week to heal. The outer layers of the skin may result in mild to moderate swelling. Ice packs can be effective for it. Crusting is rare but peeling is common. Sun sensitivity can occur for 4-6 weeks so it is recommended that you avoid the sun and wear sunblock.
    • Pigment Changes: There is a possibility that the treated area may heal with increased or decreased pigmentation. This is rare and occurs most often in darker skin clients and 2 to 6 weeks after treatment. Hyperpigmentation usually fades in 3 to 6 months, though pigment changes are rarely permanent. Bleaching cream can be effective for it.
    • Excessive Swelling: Immediately after treatment, some swelling of the skin will occur. This is temporary and will diminish over the course of a week.
    • Scarring: Although scarring is very rare, hypertrophic scars and keloid scaring can occur in very rare cases. This is why it is important to note any prior history of scarring, not to pick at skin after treatment, and to follow aftercare instructions carefully.

    What areas of the body can I treat with the fractional Co2 laser?

    It can treat areas on the face, including around the eyes and lips, and body parts including neck, arms, hands, chest, legs, back and areas prone to stretch marks.

    Do I have to treat the whole area or can I treat just the problem areas?

    Specific problem areas can be treated. However, it’s recommended that you consider treatment of the whole face and neck because all parts of the face age at the same time.

    How soon will I see results after my fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion treatment and how long will my results last?

    Immediately following your treatment, your body will naturally start working to replace aged tissue cells with new ones. Shortly after your procedure (usually the first week) you will start to notice healthier, smoother, and younger looking skin. These results with continue to improve over the next 6 months. Depending on how well you care for your skin and your lifestyle, results can last for years.

    What post-treatment care is needed following my fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion procedure?

    There is a list of post-care instructions that will be reviewed with you during your free consultation. Clients will also receive a copy of take home instructions the day of treatment. These instructions include proper times to ice the skin, apply ointment, a list of medication that is safe to take, and if and when to contact a doctor.
    After treatment, it is important to take extra special care of your skin to help it heal quickly and safely. There are important precautions to take to protect your skin:

    • Food and Beverages: Drinking at least 640oz. per day will enhance the healing process by replacing fluids lost from oozing and help reduce swelling. A cold water mist can also be used to relieve burning sensation. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as they will delay the healing process. Consume foods low in sodium and high in nutritional value. Consuming foods high in sodium will put you at risk for increase swelling and discomfort. Foods high in nutritional value will provide the vitamins, carbs, and protein that your body needs to promote healing and aid in the rejuvenation process.
    • Skin Care Products: All of the skin care products you use after treatment should be gentle and non-clogging. A very gently and inexpensive skin care products are: Aveeno, Cetaphill, and Neutrogena.
    • Sunscreen: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is very important to utilize proper and frequent sunscreen. Resuming sun activities are fine with sunscreen after the first 4 months of treatment. Wearing a protective hat is also recommended.
    • Moisturizer: Peeling and flaking is normal. You will be given a moisturizer along with your aftercare instructions. This product will be used until gone. After this, you need to continue using moisturizer during the remaining healing process. The moisturizer should be non-irritating and non-clogging so it can be used frequently without causing breakouts. You should apply moisturizer to your skin whenever it feels tight or dry.
    • Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, Scrubs, and Toners: Your skin will be very sensitive for the first month or so after treatment, so you should avoid products that might cause irritation. Make sure to read product labels prior to using them to prevent irritation.
    • Bleaching Creams: The use of bleaching creams (Hydroquinone) is not recommended while your skin is tender and should be discontinued until skin is healed.

    How many fractional Co2 laser pigmented lesion treatments can I get?

    There is no limit to the number of treatments. As long as you are seeing results and you wait 4-6 months after treatment, you can have treatments indefinitely. However, it is recommended that no more than 2 areas are treated at a time. Treating more than 2 areas at a time is not advised due to the potential toxicity of numbing cream used prior to the laser treatment.

    What is the difference between a fractional erbium laser and a fractional Co2 laser?

    They use different laser technology and have different wavelengths. One is an erbium laser and the other a Co2 laser. The Co2 laser a superior laser known as the “gold standard” in laser skin resurfacing because it penetrates the skin deeper, which is why you see such dramatic results after one treatment. The erbium laser does not penetrate as deep and requires multiple treatments.

  • Cherry Angioma Removal

    Cherry Angioma Removal (Red Moles)

    A cherry angioma is a noncancerous growth on the skin that is made up of tiny blood vessels, which can be found on various places of your skin. The actual cause of these moles is unknown, although research suggests they are genetic. Removal of a cherry angioma is not necessary, however the location of these moles may be bothersome especially those in very visible locations.

    What treatments are used to remove red moles?

    We use electrocautery and a 532nm laser depending on the size of the red mole.

    Who is a good candidate for laser mole removal?

    Anyone who wants aesthetically improve the appearance of their skin.

    Who should not get treated?

    Anyone that has a red mole that has changed in size, border shape, or color, that may itch or sting, should be analyzed by a Dermatologist to rule out melanoma prior to treatment.

    How long does electrocautery and laser mole removal take?

    Each mole takes only seconds to treat.

    Does a laser mole removal treatment hurt?

    No, the treatment is virtually painless. However pain is subjective and minimal discomfort may be felt, but overall the treatment is very tolerable.

    What should I do prior to a treatment?

    ∙ Use sunblock and avoid getting sunburn as this will make the skin more sensitive.

    What should I do day of treatment?

    • Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Sweats and a button-up shirt work best.
    • Arrive without Make-Up on: Your skin needs to be clean prior to treatment.

    How much do red mole removal treatment cost?

    Costs vary depending on the number of moles being removed. Removal is priced per every 10 moles, which costs $200.00

    How are red mole removal treatments performed?

    Each mole will be cleansed then treated with the appropriate removal technique in a matter of seconds. After treatment, an antibiotic will be applied to area and an adhesive bandage if needed.

    Can I go back to work and activities immediately?

    Yes.

    How many treatments will I need?

    The majority of all red moles only need one treatment. However, larger moles may need multiple treatments.

    Are there any cosmetic side effects?

    • Pain: Most people experience little pain during treatments and after.
    • Redness: A pink skin color may persist for the first day.
    • Wound Healing: A small scab is common with larger red or laser mole removal and is usually gone within a week.
    • Scarring: Although scarring is very rare, it is important not to pick at skin after treatment, and to follow aftercare instructions carefully.

    What areas of the body can be treated?

    All areas of the skin can be treated.

    Do I have to treat the whole area or can I treat just the problem areas?

    Yes, you can treat specific red moles.

    How soon will I see results and how long will my results last?

    Immediately following your treatment most red moles will fade instantly. Some larger red moles may need an additional treatment. However once gone, that specific red mole will not return.

    What post-treatment care is needed following red mole removal?

    Post-care instructions will be reviewed with you during your free consultation. Clients will also receive a copy of take home instructions the day of treatment. These instructions include cleaning the skin, and the application of antibiotic ointment.

    • Food and Beverages: Drink plenty of water and eat foods high in nutritional value to promote healing.
    • Skin Care Products: All of the skin care products you use after treatment should be gentle and non-clogging. A very gently and inexpensive skin care products are: Aveeno, Cetaphill, and Neutrogena.
    • Sunscreen: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is very important to utilize proper and frequent sunscreen. Resuming sun activities are fine with sunscreen after the second week of treatment.
    • Moisturizer: Moisturizer should be non-irritating and non-clogging.
    • Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, Scrubs, and Toners: The treated area may be sensitive for the first week after treatment, so you should avoid products that might cause irritation. Make sure to read product labels prior to using them to prevent irritation.
    • Bleaching Creams: The use of bleaching creams (Hydroquinone) is not recommended while your skin is tender and should be discontinued until skin is healed.

    How many red mole removal treatments can I get?

    There is no limit to the number of treatments. As long as you have additional moles you can have treatments indefinitely.

    What is the difference between an electrocautery and a 532nm laser?

    Electrocautery sends an electrical pulse to cauterize the blood vessels in a red mole. A 532nm laser sends a laser pulse to remove pigment in the mole. Treatment is based on the size of your red mole.

  • Madonna Eye Lift

    What is the Madonna eye lift?

    The Madonna eye lift also known as a fractional CO2 eye lift, which is a non-invasive, skin resurfacing alternative to eyelid surgery.

    What are the benefits?

    The Madonna lift can give men and women a rejuvenated appearance by treating wrinkles, saggy skin, crow’s feet, droopy lids, dark circles, and elevate the brow without the risks associated with blepharoplasty surgery.

    What is a fractional CO2 laser?

    CO2 laser skin resurfacing is the industry’s “gold standard” in laser technology. However, the traditional CO2 laser treatment had a high risk of pigmentary issues, scarring, and a long healing time. The fractional CO2 laser is the newest technology allowing for a safer CO2 treatment because only a fraction of the skin is treated. Fractional lasers emit a beam of light in a pixelated pattern creating thousands of micro, perforated columns in the skin while leaving untreated areas around each column intact. This allows for a safer, more efficient and faster treatment.

    How is the Madonna eye lift conducted?

    The eyes are cleaned and covered with a topical anesthetic for 35 to 40 minutes. After the anesthetic has taken effect, the topical is removed and eye shields placed over eyes. The treatment covers the entire upper and lower lid (to the lashes) and takes less than 5 minutes per eye.

    What is the recovery time like?

    Recovery time varies based on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Redness and swelling should be expected for 2 to 3 days. Most experience minimal discomfort during and after treatment.

    How many treatments are needed?

    The number of treatments needed depends on the severity of wrinkle damage and the desired result. Two to five treatments 3 months apart are generally required.

  • Chemical Peel

    The Perfect Derma Peel

    Are you ready to transform your skin into looking brighter, younger and healthier in just one week? Look no further than our Perfect Derma Peel. The Perfect Derma Peel says it all. It’s a revolutionary peel that combines Glutathione, Kojic Acid, Retinoic Acid, TCA, Phenol, Salicylic Acid, and Vitamin C.

    Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals in the skin and helps to slow down the aging process that causes wrinkles. Kojic Acid not only lightens the skin to give it a beautiful new glow, but it is also proven to tighten the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production. The TCA, Retinoic (Vitamin A), and Phenol Acids help to resolve pigmentary issues and aid in wrinkle reduction, while Salicylic Acid exfoliates the surface layers of the skin and improves inflammation. This powerful mixture of ingredients is what makes this peel “Perfect.”

    We can treat all skin conditions and deliver amazing results!

    What is a chemical peel?

    A chemical peel uses an acid chemical solution to improve the appearance of aging or damaged skin. The chemical solution once applied to the skin causes an exfoliation process that sloughs off layers of the skin to reveal new brighter, smoother, and healthier looking skin.

    There are three types of chemical peels:

    • Superficial (light lunchtime) peel: usually an Alpha-hydroxy acid that superficially treats the outer layer of the skin by gently exfoliating the dead cells.
    • Medium peel: atrichloroacetic acid peel targets the outer and mid layers of the skin to improve damage cells deeper within the skin.
    • Deep peel: Phenol (carbolic acid) peel targets the deeper layers of the skin to improve severely damaged skin. Cannot be used on all skin types and requires sedation. No longer widely used as Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments produces safer and greater results.

    How does a chemical peel work?

    Chemical peels work by using a chemical solution to induce skin exfoliation and reveal healthier skin underneath.

    What does a Perfect Peel do?

    • Improves tone and texture of your skin
    • Stimulates collagen and elastin production for firmer skin
    • Improves acne skin conditions and pigmentary issues
    • Lighten and brightens skin
    • Revises sun damage and age spots
    • Improve pore size and reduce fine lines and wrinkles
    • Reduces the appearance of superficial acne scars and hyperpigmentation

    How does The Perfect Derma Peel compare to other peels?

    The Perfect Derma Peel is a medium depth TCA peel that combines powerful ingredients to prevent and improve damaged skin. It’s non-invasive, safe for all skin types, and virtually painless. It’s more effective and gives greater longer lasting results than a light peel, and can be as effective as a deep peel with 2 to 3 treatments.

    How many treatments are needed for improvement?

    Depending on the type of improvement desired and current skin condition, a series of 1-3 treatments 4 weeks apart may be needed for optimal results.

    How long will my results last?

    If good aftercare is maintained, your results can last from 6 months to a year. We recommend 1 to 3 peels per year to sustain desired result.

    How long does the peel take?

    The peel takes 15 to 30 minutes to administer. The total peeling process begins around day 3 and can take 5 to 12 days to complete.

    Who is a suitable candidate for the peel?

    All skin types and all ethnicities are safe to treat with the peel.

    Who is NOT a suitable candidate for the peel?

    • Clients taking Accutane are not a suitable candidate and must discontinue usage 4 months prior
    • Clients pregnant or breast feeding. Anyone using Vitamin A topicals
    • Clients with allergies to any ingredient in the peel or Aspirin
    • Clients with open wounds, sunburn, skin infections, cold sores or lesions. Clients with history of cold sores should take an antiviral 3 days prior to peel
    • Clients who recently had treatments such as electrolysis, chemical peels and waxing on the areas to be treated
    • Clients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
    • Clients with a history of an autoimmune disease or any condition that weakens the immune system

    How do I prepare for my peel?

    Make sure you avoid sun exposure. Prepare for your chemical peel by purchasing sunblock, a gentle facewash,Benadryl and cortisone cream prior to your treatment.

    Does the peel hurt?

    There is a mild sunburn sensation and itching once the peeling process begins. Benadryl and cortisone will help relieve the minor discomfort and itching.

    What will I look like during the peel?

    Your skin will look tan for the first two days. Once the peeling begins around day 3, your skin will turn mildly red to pink and begin to slough off dead skin.

    Can I return to work?

    Yes, you can work during the whole peeling process. However, we recommend avoiding heavy exercise and sweating during the peeling process.

    Can I wear makeup?

    If needed, you can continue use of makeup on day 3 and beyond. However, it’s very important to keep your skin clean during the peeling process. Make sure you clean your face of all make up daily.

    When can I repeat the peel?

    You can repeat the peel every 4 to 5 weeks.

    What areas of the body can be treated?

    The peel can be used on the face and body, but the process and results will not be the same. The face, neck, chest, and hands are the most commonly treated areas with chemical peels.

    Will the peel help improve minor acne scars?

    Yes, The Perfect Derma Peel can help revise minor acne scars. A series of 3 to 5 treatments may be needed. For more severe acne scars please see our Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing Treatment information page.

    Will my skin be sensitive after the peel?

    Your skin will be more sensitive after the peel. Skin sensitivity will resolve once the tissue has healed and the pH level of the skin is restored.

    Can I get sun exposure after the peel?

    Sun exposure should be avoided and limited during the peel process. Sunblock is recommended!

    Who is qualified to administer the peel?

    Trained Physicians, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Master Estheticians and Medical Spas.

    At Skin Deep Laser Services we strive to provide the latest and safest chemical peels to our clients in Annandale, Alexandria, Fairfax and Washington D.C.

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