Cosmetic Dermatology Chevy Chase

Resurfacing procedures create a controlled injury to the skin to a desired depth to stimulate a renewal of the epidermis (outer layer) and dermis (deeper layer) of the skin.

Of all the options for skin resurfacing, lasers offer the most precision.

Ablative resurfacing with carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered the gold standard for laser resurfacing, according to Dr. Kazin, but many people do not have the downtime required for recovery.

Although it can be extremely effective for repairing aging skin, the recovery and often prolonged swelling and redness can be a challenge. Among the top indications for using ablative resurfacing are deep wrinkles and severe sun damage and aging changes.

Non-ablative devices can be very effective and over time, you may achieve the same results as with deeper treatments after several sessions. 

Dr. Kazin recommends Fraxel for skin resurfacing as she has many years of experience working with this technology.

Among the benefits are the improvements in skin tone and texture that can be achieved. The dual wavelength of the Fraxel system also allows her to treat pigment and sun spots.

When undergoing fractionated CO2 laser treatment, you can expect about five days of downtime. 

Dr. Kazin will instruct you to apply an occlusive ointment for the first several days while you are peeling. Around day five, you will have completed the peeling and can apply makeup. 

Fair skinned patients may be slightly pink for longer, but that can be covered with Colorescience mineral makeup with high SPF.

Results can be dramatic with Fraxel after a series of 3 or more treatments, depending on your skin type and concerns.

In some cases, Dr. Kazin will recommend one or two Fraxel treatments, followed by a series of Clear + Brilliant treatments, which have very little downtime.

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