Laser Treatments in McLean

 

Do I need Laser Treatment?

Lasers are a very effective means of treating skin abnormalities such as pigmentation, blood vessels, wrinkle lines, acne scars, stretch marks (body straie), melasma, post surgical scars or discoloration. They can be performed quickly with minimal down time and expense. The main question to ask oneself is specifically what are your goals. It is important to remember that changing the face by very small increments can result in dramatic changes in the appearance. Laser is a very intense light consisting of a single wavelength which targets a specific part of the body tissue such as blood vessels, melanocytes (pigment cells), or water (present in cells which result in wrinkles). A desirable result is one which allows the patient’s natural beauty to be enhanced while correcting any asymmetries or irregularities. Obtaining ideas from pictures of models in magazines can help you decide what is aesthetically pleasing to you; however, it is usually unrealistic to attempt to look like someone else. You will undergo a comprehensive consultation with the facial plastic surgeon to determine which laser will be the most appropriate for you. We use four lasers in the office: Alexandrite, Flash Lamp Dye, Nd Yag, and the Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Each is used for very specific applications. 

Laser Hair Removal Treatments

Laser Treatment

Alexandrite Laser (Gentle Max Pro) is used to primarily for the removal of hair and dark brown pigmented spots on the skin. It is very effective for warts and keratoses. It requires no anesthetic because the laser sprays a cooling spray prior to each laser pulse. There are minimal post procedure skin changes and skin care includes moisturizers and sun protection of at least SPF 30.

ND YAG Laser (Gentle Max Pro) is a versatile laser with diverse applications depending on the mode used.  It is used for hair removal in people of color or ethnic skin.  It is very effective for larger, deeper more violaceous blood vessels and deep tissue tightening of the face, neck and décolleté areas and underarms. There are minimal post procedure changes and skin care includes moisturizers and sun protections.

 

Rosacea, Red Acne Scars & Blood Vessels Treatments

 

Vbeam (Flash Lamp Dye Laser) is considered the “gold standard” in the treatment of blood vessels and redness in the tissues. It is very effective for facial telangiectasias, Rosacea, warts, abdominal stria (stretch marks), legs and body vessels. It can also be used to treat redness in incisions and bruising after procedures. It is very safe for treatments of congenital blood vessel growths in children.

Long Pulsed Light (IPL) energy heats and damages blood vessels causing them to collapse. Other vascular lesions such as a cherry angioma can also be removed with the Long Pulsed Yag.

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Pigmentation, Melasma & Sun Damage Treatments

 

Alexandrite Laser (Gentle Max Pro) is used primarily for removal of hair and dark brown pigmented spots on the skin. It is very effective for warts and keratoses. It requires no anesthetic because the laser sprays a cooling spray prior to each laser pulse. There are minimal post procedure skin changes and skin care includes moisturizers and sun protection of at least SPF 30.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) includes 4 filters that can be used for a myriad of non-ablative procedures including hair reduction, acne reduction and the removal of vascular and pigmented lesions. When treating unwanted areas of pigmentation, targeted areas momentarily absorb the light and become hot, but not long enough to burn. This heat breaks down the pigmentation into tiny particles which then rise to the skin’s surface as scabs, which are exfoliated away naturally within 1-2 weeks, or the particles are filtered away through the lymphatic system in your body.

 

Fractionated Skin Resurfacing Treatment

 

ER-YAG and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser has been around for many years for treatment of skin wrinkles. It was renowned for great results.  However, the healing times and post procedure care was very laborious.  We use the latest technology which allows the laser in specific modes to individualize the treatment goals.  For those who want a quicker healing time over multiple sessions, the laser is used in a fractionated mode. For those who want more dramatic results with lesser sessions, the laser is used in an ablative mode, which is more effective for deep wrinkles. However, the healing times and post procedure care is more involved. Usually, people can return to work within three to five days (fractionated mode) or seven to 14 days (ablative mode).  

Stretch Marks, Acne Marks & Scars Treatments

 

Vbeam (Flash Lamp Dye Laser) is considered the “gold standard” in the treatment of blood vessels and redness in the tissues. It is very effective for facial telangiectasias, Rosacea, warts, abdominal stria (stretch marks), legs and body vessels. It can also be used to treat redness in incisions and bruising after procedures. It is very safe for treatments of congenital blood vessel growths in children.

ER-YAG and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser has been around for many years for treatment of skin wrinkles. It was renowned for great results.  However, the healing times and post procedure care was very laborious.  We use the latest technology which allows the laser in specific modes to individualize the treatment goals.  For those who want a quicker healing time over multiple sessions, the laser is used in a fractionated mode. For those who want more dramatic results with lesser sessions, the laser is used in an ablative mode, which is more effective for deep wrinkles. However, the healing times and post procedure care is more involved. Usually, people can return to work within three to five days (fractionated mode) or seven to 14 days (ablative mode).  

 

Who performs the treatments?

 

Lasers are very effective in achieving results quickly, safely, and in a cost effective manner; however, they require the same level of care and discipline as surgical procedures.  The person operating the device should have a thorough knowledge of the laser’s properties and have experience in manipulating body tissues.  All treatments are performed under the supervision of a Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who has extensive training with lasers.   Hair removal and tissue tightening are performed by laser certified staff under Dr. Ednan Mushtaq’s supervision.  Skin blood vessel, pigmentation, and wrinkle removal treatments are performed by Dr. Mushtaq.   Dr. Mushtaq was trained at the prestigious Beckman Laser Institute in California where most of the cutting edge laser research and trials are conducted. Dr. Mushtaq has thorough knowledge of laser physics and surgical anatomical knowledge of the treatment sites which allows him to maximize results without compromising safety.   Dr. Mushtaq is double boarded in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.  Most of the new patients are referrals from previous patients.  Please refer to Dr. Enan Mushtaq profile page for details of his credentials.

 

Can I see some before and after pictures?

 

Yes. We have included some of Dr. Mushtaq's photos on this website for your perusal along with patient testimonials.  He has 20 years of digital images.  We started using the video imaging technology during its early beginnings; therefore, we have many patient photos to share with you. Photos of patients are released by patient consent only.  A patient’s right to privacy is strictly observed.  Please click here to view our Photo Gallery.

 

Do you have any patient testimonials?

 

Yes. Please click here to view our patient testimonial page.

Are the laser treatments covered by insurance? How can I obtain information about all of the costs?

 

In general,  laser treatments  are considered cosmetic or investigational procedures by the insurers; therefore, during your facial consultation, you will receive an estimate of surgeon’s fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, and any miscellaneous fees (e.g. special equipment). Please contact us for more information.

 

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