Normal aging, trauma and environmental damage result in loss of collagen in the
second layer of skin known as the dermis. Smoking, smiling, frowning and
sleeping can also produce expression and movement lines.
What is the cause?
Over time, the outer layer of the skin becomes scaly, thick and irregular. Your
skin develops blemishes and appears dull and sallow. A laser peel can refresh
this superficial appearance of your skin on your face, neck and hands.
do I know if I have photo damaged skin?
If you are over 30 years old and enjoy an active lifestyle your skin is
probably showing signs of damage.
How does pulse dye laser treatment reduce the signs of photo damage?
Lasers work by focusing a beam of light to a target in the skin such as
enlarged blood vessels and irregular pigmentation. The enlarged vessels and
irregularities are removed without scarring or damage to the treated or
surrounding area and the underlying collagen is stimulated. The laser is used
to exfoliate the outer surface (epidermis) layer of your skin on your face,
neck or hands.
This is a simple outpatient procedure performed
using only topical freezing cream (EMLA) and can be done during a lunch hour
without anyone knowing. Do lasers work on all skin types?
Today's advanced lasers are capable of treating a wide variety of skin
other conditions are treatable by lasers?
Elimination of red and brown blemishes, reduction of minor wrinkles, reduction
of pore size, and a general tightening of your skin's collagen.
How many treatments are required?
Typically several treatments are required for full face treatment. The average
treatment takes about 20 minutes. Results may become apparent after the first
Is the treatment painful?
There is some minor discomfort associated with the treatment. In most cases no
anesthesia is necessary. Such discomfort can be alleviated by cooling with a
cold air system.
How does pulse dye laser treatment differ from CO2 lasers, chemical
peels, and dermabrasion?
Unlike CO2 lasers, dermabrasion or chemical peels that remove the outer skin
and require significant healing time, the pulse dye laser gently penetrates the
skin without damaging it and destroys the blood vessels and brown pigment that
are the cause of the problem. It also tightens the collagen and minimizes large
How does pulse dye laser treatment differ from treatment with other
photo skin treatment lasers? Is it safe?
Side effects are minimal. Pulse dye lasers have been used since 1983 to treat
port wine birthmarks and hemangiomas in infants as young as two days old as
well as 20 different cosmetic conditions.
What will I look like after laser treatment?
Results will vary but you should expect your skin to appear reddened. You can
expect to return to your normal activities immediately with minimal precautions
such as sunscreen.
Is it safe?
The risk of scarring is less than 1% with these lasers. Pigmentation changes
(either decreased or increased) may occur in the skin that has been smoothened
with the laser.
Are there treatment alternatives?
Yes, (e.g. topical medications and chemical peels) but none can achieve the
predictable depth required for effective wrinkle reduction.
How much does it cost?
Charges are based on the area to be treated and the choice of laser. Prices
range from $200-$4,000 depending upon the size of the area being treated and
the depth of the wrinkles.
How do I find out more?
Call our Rockville office at (301) 251-2335